Chapter One: The Wild Environmental Facts


I. Global Environmental Problems

U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development - The Country Profiles section of the site contains environmental information provided by countries to the Commission

Global Environmental Protection in the 21st Century - includes a 16-page advocacy report with overview of post-Rio environmental actions, critique of U.S.international environmental policy, charts with data on global temperatures, consumption, water usage, population

EPA Envirofacts - a database containing select U.S. EPA environmental data

EcoNet- provides links to news articles, employment/volunteer opportunities, action alerts and events calendars on domestic and international environmental issues

National Environmental Data Index - provides direct access to environmental data and information from various federal departments and agencies

    A. Climate Change
Environmental Protection Agency Global Warming Site - provides general information on the climate system, impacts, and actions related to global warming
    B. Ozone Depletion
THESEO 2000 Campaign - through experiments and computer modeling, aims to uncover the causes of stratospheric ozone loss over the Arctic and at middle latitudes
    C. Species Extinction and Loss of Biodiversity
World Wildlife Fund Species at Risk - provides information on endangered species and how to protect them

Promoting Better Logging Practices in Tropical Forests - provides an abstract of a World Bank Development Research Group working paper recommending performance-based renewal conditions for tropical forest concessions

    D. Pollution From Toxic Chemicals and Hazardous Waste
Hazardous Materials Advisory Council Home Page - promotes regulatory compliance and safety in the transportation of hazardous materials/dangerous goods, substances and wastes

World Wildlife Fund's Global Campaign to Reduce the Use of Toxic Chemicals- aims to increase scientific understanding of toxic chemicals and to restrict or ban harmful chemicals

II. Local and Regional Environmental Problems
Swiss Agency for the Environment, Forests and Landscape - lists topics and points of interest, describes the agency and its services
    A. Access to Fresh Water
World Resources Institute: Water and Fisheries - discusses whether future freshwater needs will be met given the current trends

UNDP - World Bank Water and Sanitation Program - helps poor people gain sustained access to improved water and sanitation services

    B. Air Pollution
Pollution Management - provides links to World Bank papers addressing informationon air pollution
    C. Food Security and Agriculture
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations - raises levels of nutrition and standards of living, improves agricultural productivity, and betters the condition of rural populations

The Worldwatch Institute - Excellent links on specific environmental topics as well as WRI publications on a range of topics

III. Poverty
Which World? Scenarios for the 21st Century - includes information on a publication by the World Resources Institute, which analyzes trends and scenarios for each of 7 major world regions, combining information on each region's political and cultural patterns, natural resource endowments, and social problems
IV. Synergies and Cliffs: The Non-Linear Consequences of Linear Thinking
Our Stolen Future - official web page of the book exploring the emerging science of endocrine disruption
    A. Synergistic Interactions of Toxins
The Rachel Carson Homestead - provides information on the Rachel Carson Homestead Association, formed to advance the author's environmental ethic described in her book, Silent Spring, warning of the dangers of indiscriminate pesticide use
    B. Environmental Cliffs
Antarctica - a Time magazine article discussing the possibility of sudden and extreme climate change
V. Human Activity and the Environment: The Problem of Scale
    A. Scale: The Relative Size of Human Activity Within the Global Ecosystem
People and Ecosystems: The Fraying Web of Life - a World Resources Institute report on the effect of ecosystem degradation on people's lives and on global ecosystem restoration
Global Trends - from the Sustainable Development Information Service, reports that many negative environmental trends continue alongside gains in human development
Indicators of Potential Risks to Human Health from Environmental Threats - by the World Resources Institute, describes the methods used to develop the indicators of environmental health by maximizing available data
WRI PowerPoint Slideshow Presentations - provides slideshows on climate change, safe climate & sound business, oil as a finite resource, frontier forests, global trends, and reefs at risk

Population and the Environment - a Population Action International publication, provides data on natural resources and the impact of human population trends on the environment

    B. Physical Limits of the Ecosystem

Net Primary Productivity (NPP) Database - contains documented field measurements of biomass and estimated NPP for terrestrial sites worldwide

VI. Decision-Making in the Face of Scientific Uncertainty
U.S. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) - provides for the development of better information to address the uncertainty underlying global environmental problems

Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED)  - provides a database of natural disasters around the world