Nature and Environmental Book Reviews

Short List of Best Nature and Environmental Books





Environmental Organizations

The Alliance for Climate Protection

The Alliance for Climate Protection, headed by former Vice President Al Gore, has a mission: to persuade the American people — and people elsewhere in the world – of the importance and urgency of adopting and implementing effective and comprehensive solutions for the climate crisis.

The Alliance for Climate Protection is undertaking an unprecedented mass persuasion exercise based on scientific facts. Through a new combination of non-partisan alliances with Americans from all walks of life and innovative and far-reaching communication techniques the Alliance will focus on presenting the facts about climate change and its solutions to the general public in an accurate, clear and compelling manner.

Americans have always risen to meet the most important challenges to our nation’s and the world’s future. Together, we can address the climate challenge domestically and provide a robust economy for now and for our children.

Amboseli Trust for Elephants

The Amboseli Trust for Elephants aims to ensure the long-term conservation and welfare of Africa's elephants in the context of human needs and pressures through scientific research, training, community outreach, public awareness and advocacy.

The elephants of Amboseli in Kenya are the most celebrated wild elephants in the world. Since 1972, close observation by Cynthia Moss and her research team has led to intimate knowledge of these intelligent and complex animals.

Black Swamp Bird Observatory

Black Swamp Bird ObservatoryLocated in the remnants of the once vast Great Black Swamp region of Northwest Ohio, Black Swamp Bird Observatory is dedicated to promoting sound stewardship of avian resources in the Lake Erie Marsh Region. BSBO teams research with education to promote bird conservation. 

The Observatory’s long-term research projects have shed much light on the mysteries and complexities of the migration of songbirds, raptors, shorebirds, and rails. BSBO data has been used to assist both private and governmental land owners in better managing their properties for migratory bird species.

Champions of Conservation

Audubon recognizes 100 people who shaped the environmental movement and made the 20th century particularly American. A timeline traces notable accomplishments and events over the past century of conservation history.

Conservation International

Conservation International believes that Earth's natural heritage must be maintained if future generations are to thrive spiritually, culturally and economically. Our mission is to conserve the Earth's living heritage, our global biodiversity, and to demonstrate that human societies are able to live harmoniously with nature.

Cousteau Society

The Cousteau Society is a membership-supported, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection and improvement of the quality of life for present and future generations. More than one hundred books and 115 films to date have documented a variety of habitats: Antarctica, Haiti, Cuba, the Marquesas Islands and the Tuamotu Archipelago, New Zealand, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, the Andaman Islands, Borneo, Indonesia, Madagascar, South Africa, Lake Baikal and the Amazon, Mekong, Danube and Yellow rivers among others. Recent expeditions include the Caspian Sea, the St. Lawrence River of Canada and the Red Sea.

Beginning with the co-invention of the AquaLung®, Cousteau teams have led in the development of underwater technology with systems ranging from underwater habitats to submarines and imaging systems. Cousteau engineering teams developed the windship Alcyone and its unique wind-propulsion system of Turbosail™ cylinders. Through cooperation with independent scientists, expedition research ranges from measuring the contribution of nutrients in rivers to the global ocean system, to developing methods to measure primary productivity in the sea, to using new resource management approaches to achieve environmentally sound, sustainable social progress.

Cultural Survival

In today's globalizing world indigenous peoples endure forced assimilation, discrimination, exploitation by powerful economic interests, and poorly considered development policies—all of which threaten their cultural survival. In many places indigenous peoples are marginalized and have little or no power or political voice to defend themselves. There is little accountability for governments and corporate interests that perpetrate abuses against them.

Cultural Survival partners with indigenous peoples to:

  • secure their rights in international and national law;

  • promote respect for their right to self-determination;

  • ensure their right to full and effective participation in the political, economic, and social life of the country in which they live; and

  • enjoy their rights to their lands, resources, languages, and cultures.


EnviroLink is a non-profit organization... a grassroots online community that unites hundreds of organizations and volunteers around the world with millions of people in more than 150 countries. EnviroLink is dedicated to providing comprehensive, up-to-date environmental information and news.

"The Web is one element that's helping to recalibrate the meaning of green, with a host of expressive, informative and visually stunning sites, rich in history, lore, commentary -- and hard facts. Of these, The EnviroLink Network is the most beautiful." –Newsweek

"The Envirolink site is one of the largest online resources." --The New York Times

Environmental Defense

Environmental Defense is a leading national nonprofit organization representing more than 500,000 members. Since 1967, we have linked science, economics and law to create innovative, equitable and cost-effective solutions to society's most urgent environmental problems.

Environmental Defense is dedicated to protecting the environmental rights of all people, including future generations. Among these rights are access to clean air and water, healthy and nourishing food, and flourishing ecosystems.

Guided by science, Environmental Defense evaluates environmental problems and works to create and advocate solutions that win lasting political, economic and social support because they are nonpartisan, cost-efficient and fair.

Friends of the Earth International

The world's largest grassroots environmental network, uniting 70 national member groups and some 5,000 local activist groups on every continent. With over 2 million members and supporters around the world, we campaign on today's most urgent environmental and social issues. We challenge the current model of economic and corporate globalization, and promote solutions that will help to create environmentally sustainable and socially just societies.

Greenpeace International

Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organisation that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace by:

  • Catalysing an energy revolution to address the number one threat facing our planet: climate change.

  • Defending our oceans by challenging wasteful and destructive fishing, and creating a global network of marine reserves.

  • Protecting the world’s ancient forests and the animals, plants and people that depend on them.

  • Working for disarmament and peace by tackling the causes of conflict and calling for the elimination of all nuclear weapons.

  • Creating a toxic free future with safer alternatives to hazardous chemicals in today's products and manufacturing.

  • Campaigning for sustainable agriculture by rejecting genetically engineered organisms, protecting biodiversity and encouraging socially responsible farming.

International Crane Foundation

ICF works worldwide to conserve cranes and the wetland and grassland ecosystems on which they depend. ICF is dedicated to providing experience, knowledge, and inspiration to involve people in resolving threats to these ecosystems.

To accomplish its mission, ICF relies on a wide range of education and conservation activities directed toward the many countries where cranes occur.

ICF is concerned with ecosystem protection and restoration and we strive to alert scientists, government officials, and the public to the dependence of cranes on their habitats, the causes and remedies for habitat destruction, and the importance of wetlands and grasslands for both wildlife and people.

ICF supports research, serving primarily as a catalyst for research, by making available its facilities and bird collection to scientists, by sponsoring workshops and publications, and by nurturing a network of conservationists, biologists, and managers around the world.

Our programs stress the interdependence between wildlife and their habitats and the relationships that exist between wildlife, habitat and people. We believe that cranes can serve as a symbol inspiring people from many nations to trust each other and to work together to conserve these magnificent birds.

International Union for Conservation of Nature

The International Union for Conservation of Nature supports and develops cutting-edge conservation science; implements this research in field projects around the world; and then links both research and results to local, national, regional and global policy by convening dialogues between governments, civil society and the private sector.

The priority of the Union’s current Programme (2005–2008) is to build recognition of the many ways in which human lives and livelihoods, especially of the poor, depend on the sustainable management of natural resources.

In its projects, the Union applies sound ecosystem management to conserve biodiversity and builds sustainable livelihoods for those directly dependent on natural resources. The Union is actively engaged in managing and restoring ecosystems and improving people’s lives, economies and societies.

The Union’s databases, assessments, guidelines and case studies, prepared by its global membership, Commissions and Secretariat, are among the world’s most respected and frequently cited sources of information and reference on the environment.

As the world’s largest environmental knowledge network, the Union has helped over 75 countries to prepare and implement national conservation and biodiversity strategies. The Union also has the official status of Observer at the United Nations General Assembly.

National Audobon Society

Audubon's mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.

Our national network of community-based nature centers and chapters, scientific and educational programs, and advocacy on behalf of areas sustaining important bird populations, engage millions of people of all ages and backgrounds in positive conservation experiences.

National Wildlife Federation

We are America’s conservation organization:

  • We have been working to protect wildlife Americans care about since 1936. For 70 years we have fought to keep our country's wildlife legacy alive.

  • We represent the power and commitment of four million members and supporters joined by affiliated wildlife organizations in 47 states and territories.

  • We channel the energy of thousands of volunteers from all walks of life to take action because they care about wildlife.

  • We unite Americans in their shared value of wildlife conservation.

National Resources Defense Council

The Natural Resources Defense Council's purpose is to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends. We work to restore the integrity of the elements that sustain life -- air, land and water -- and to defend endangered natural places.

We seek to establish sustainability and good stewardship of the Earth as central ethical imperatives of human society. NRDC affirms the integral place of human beings in the environment.

We strive to protect nature in ways that advance the long-term welfare of present and future generations.

We work to foster the fundamental right of all people to have a voice in decisions that affect their environment. We seek to break down the pattern of disproportionate environmental burdens borne by people of color and others who face social or economic inequities. Ultimately, NRDC strives to help create a new way of life for humankind, one that can be sustained indefinitely without fouling or depleting the resources that support all life on Earth.

The Nature Conservancy

The leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. We've protected more than 117 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide — and we operate more than 100 marine conservation projects globally. We address threats to conservation involving climate change, fire, fresh water, forests, invasive species, and marine ecosystems.

Pacific Institute

The Pacific Institute is dedicated to protecting our natural world, encouraging sustainable development, and improving global security. Founded in 1987 and based in Oakland, California, we provide independent research and policy analysis on issues at the intersection of development, environment, and security.

Our aim is to find real-world solutions to problems like water shortages, habitat destruction, global warming, and environmental injustice. We conduct research, publish reports, recommend solutions, and work with decision makers, advocacy groups, and the public to change policy.

Since our founding, we've become known for independent, innovative thinking that cuts across traditional areas of study. Our interdisciplinary approach not only helps us make connections that others miss, it also enables us to bring opposing groups together to forge effective real-world solutions.

People of Indigenous Cultures

These photographic projects are devoted to the welfare of indigenous and tribal people, bringing attention to the value these cultures represent and the challenges they face.

For over twenty five years Phil Borges has lived with and documented indigenous and tribal cultures around the world. Through his work, he strives to create a heightened understanding of the issues faced by people in the developing world.

Through his exhibits and award-winning books, Phil attempts to create a relationship between the audience and his photographic subjects. “I want the viewer to see these people as individuals, to know their names and a bit of their history, not just to view them as an anonymous part of some remote ethnic or tribal group.”

The Rewilding Institute

Current scientific research and theory, and conservation experience tell us that to do serious conservation in North America, we must do conservation on the scale of North America.

Furthermore, history, policy analysis, and conservation experience tell us that to be effective in conservation work of all kinds, we must be guided by vision, strategy, and hope.

Based on these understandings, The Rewilding Institute Mission is to develop and promote the ideas and strategies to advance continental-scale conservation in North America, particularly the need for large carnivores and a permeable landscape for their movement, and to offer a bold, scientifically credible, practically achievable, and hopeful vision for the future of wild Nature and human civilization in North America.

Save the Redwoods League

Purchasing and protecting ancient forests has been the heart of the League's mission since 1918. With donations from our generous members, the League has protected over 165,000 acres of forestland. More than 6 out of 10 acres of redwoods in California State Parks have been protected thanks to our work.

The Sierra Club

The Sierra Club's members and supporters are more than 1.3 million of your friends and neighbors. Inspired by nature, we work together to protect our communities and the planet. The Club is America's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization.

The Sierra Club has been instrumental in preserving wilderness, wildlife and nature's most splendid wild places for over 100 years — Yosemite National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, the Florida Everglades and the Sequoia National Monument to name just a few — helping protect over 150 million acres of wilderness and wildlife habitat.

Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society

Our objectives are to reduce, and ultimately, eliminate the continuing threats to cetaceans and their habitats; and to raise awareness of cetaceans and educate people about the need to address the continuing threats to their welfare and survival.

WDCS works to prevent suffering in individual whales, dolphins and porpoises, whether in their natural environment or in captivity; stop the deliberate killing of whales and dolphins for commercial and so-called 'scientific' purposes; stop the unnecessary deaths of cetaceans from man-made threats such as pollution or entanglement in fishing nets; prevent the extinction of endangered species and promote the recovery of all cetacean populations; secure adequate protection for - and maintain the health of - all cetacean habitats; and promote a worldwide interest in cetaceans.

The Wilderness Society

Protecting America's Wilderness since 1935 through the potent combination of science, advocacy and education, our mission is to deliver to future generations an unspoiled legacy of wild places, with all the precious values they hold: Biological diversity; clean air and water; towering forests, rushing rivers, and sage-sweet, silent deserts.

Our work is steeped in science and infused with a passion that has lasted for generations, just as the work that we do must last for generations. Since 1935, we have helped protect more than 105 million acres of America's wildest places.

Our goal is to ensure that future generations will enjoy, as we do today, the clean air and water, wildlife, beauty and opportunities for recreation and renewal that pristine forests, rivers, deserts and mountains provide.

Wildlands Network

We believe that we can stop the extinction crisis in North America. We believe we can protect and preserve what other countries have already lost-our unique and irreplaceable biodiversity-by protecting the lands and waters upon which all plants, animals, and people depend upon to stay healthy.

We provide a Conservation Strategy that is Continental, Regional and Local in Scale. The Wildlands Project's work to reconnect the continent begins with "MegaLinkages"--vast pathways that tie natural places together.

Within each continental MegaLinkage we propose regional systems of core protected areas connected to one another by "wildlife linkages," mosaics of public and private lands that provide safe passageways for wildlife to travel freely from place to place.

Private land owners within proposed conservation planning areas are not bound in any way by our recommendations, but are encouraged to participate in voluntary actions to protect landscape linkages and native species.

Wildlife Conservation Society

The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild lands. We do so through careful science, international conservation, education, and the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo.

Together, these activities change individual attitudes toward nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in sustainable interaction on both a local and a global scale. WCS is committed to this work because we believe it essential to the integrity of life on Earth.

Worldwatch Institute

The Worldwatch Institute offers a unique blend of interdisciplinary research, global focus, and accessible writing that has made it a leading source of information on the interactions among key environmental, social, and economic trends. Our work revolves around the transition to an environmentally sustainable and socially just society—and how to achieve it.

The credibility and accessibility of Worldwatch research has made our publications popular among a cross-section of society, from government and business decisionmakers to the media, students, and the general public. Since the first Worldwatch Paper was published in 1975, the Institute has broadened discussion of environmental and social issues by analyzing them from a global and interdisciplinary perspective. This has produced fresh angles on the issues of the day, whether they are in the headlines or not.

World Wildlife Fund

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is an international non-governmental organization for the conservation, research and restoration of the natural environment, formerly named the World Wildlife Fund, which remains its official name in the United States and Canada. It is the world's largest independent conservation organisation with over 5 million supporters worldwide, working in more than 90 countries, supporting 15,000 conservation and environmental projects around the world. It is a charity, with approximately 90% of its funding coming from voluntary donations by private individuals and businesses.

The group says its mission is "to halt and reverse the destruction of our natural environment". Currently, much of its work focuses on the conservation of three biomes that contain most of the world's biodiversity: forests, freshwater ecosystems, and oceans and coasts. Among other issues, it is also concerned with endangered species, pollution and climate change. The organization runs more than 1,200 field projects worldwide in any given year.

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Green Living

Care 2 Make a Difference!

Discover, share, take action! Green living, health, human rights and more. Large social-networking portal site with an emphasis on Green!

Center for a New American Dream

We work with individuals, institutions, communities and businesses to conserve natural resources, counter the commercialization of our culture and promote positive changes in the way goods are produced and consumed. Help support all our campaigns and programs:

  • New Dream Community and Outreach

  • C3 - Carbon Conscious Consumer Campaign

  • The Conscious consumer

  • Responsible Purchasing Network

  • Turn the Tide: Nine Actions for the Planet

  • Be, Live, Buy Different Make a Difference

  • Kids and Commercialism

  • Declare Your Independence from Junk Mail

  • Simplify the Holidays

EarthSave leads a global movement of people from all walks of life who are taking concrete steps to promote healthy and life-sustaining food choices. EarthSave supplies information, support and practical programs to those who have learned that their food choices impact environmental and human health.

We support individuals in making food choices that promote health, reduce health care costs, and provide greater independence from the medical system.

We raise awareness of the ecological destruction linked to the production of "food animals." We advocate and promote a delicious, planet-friendly diet.


Our mission at the EcoMall is to offer our visitors the inspiration and the resources to begin a more sustainable, natural, environmentally-aware lifestyle. We believe it is important to become educated consumers and to use our buying power to choose products that are natural, healthy, reduce waste and minimize pollution. In addition, the EcoMall provides information and resources to become active in environmental issues, network with other people, organizations and companies who support the environment, and become part of a virtual community.

Low Impact Living

We believe you want to lessen the load you put on the earth. You want to reduce global warming. You want to live in a green home. You want to do what's best for the environment, but often you don't know where to start. And you don't know what impact your efforts will have, or how much they will cost.

At Low Impact Living, we want to help you lower the environmental impact of your home and your daily life. To do that, we help you find the best green products, practices and service providers to help you achieve your environmental goals. And we will also help you understand the environmental benefits and economic trade-offs of your choices. In short, we want to be your One Stop Green Shop™.

New Energy Watch

New Energy Watch is for people who are actively putting alternative energy solutions into place. We provide a forum for exchanging information about sources and products on a practical level. Together, we'll figure out the answers to a lot of questions that may be keeping us from moving from the idea of joining the energy revolution to the action of it.

The energy revolution isn't going to succeed on the basis of one technology or one type of product. It's going to take all sorts of good inventions and good intentions, and it won't go forward unless a lot of people put their shoulders behind it. Today it's a fad. Tomorrow it has to be a movement. And the next day it has to be a habit.

Rocky Mountain Institute

Rocky Mountain Institute was established in 1982 by resource analysts L. Hunter Lovins and Amory B. Lovins. What began as a small group of colleagues focusing on energy policy has since grown into a broad-based institution with approximately eighty full-time staff, an annual budget of nearly $12 million (over half of it earned through programmatic enterprise), and a global reach.

RMI brings a unique perspective to resource issues, guided by the following core principles:

  • Advanced Resource Productivity

  • Systems Thinking

  • Positive Action

  • Market-Oriented Solutions

  • End-Use/Least-Cost Approach

  • Biological Insight

  • Corporate Transformation

  • The Pursuit of Interconnections

  • Natural Capitalism

U. S. Green Building Council

The U. S. Green Building Council is a non-profit organization committed to expanding sustainable building practices. USGBC is composed of more than 12,000 organizations from across the building industry that are working to advance structures that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work.

LEED® Green Building Rating System™ is a voluntary, consensus-based national rating system for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. Developed by USGBC, LEED addresses all building types and emphasizes state-of-the-art strategies for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials and resources selection, and indoor environmental quality. LEED is a practical rating tool for green building design and construction that provides immediate and measurable results for building owners and occupants. works from a simple premise: that the tools, models and ideas for building a better future lie all around us. That plenty of people are working on tools for change, but the fields in which they work remain unconnected. That the motive, means and opportunity for profound positive change are already present. That another world is not just possible, it's here. We only need to put the pieces together.

Informed by that premise, we do our best to bring you links to (and analysis of) those tools, models and ideas in a timely and concise manner. We don't do negative reviews – why waste your time with what doesn't work? We don't offer critiques or exposes, except to the extent that such information may be necessary for the general reader to apprehend the usefulness of a particular tool or resource. We don't generally offer links to resources which are about problems and not solutions, unless the resource is so insightful that its very existence is a step towards a solution. We pay special attention to tools, ideas and models that may have been overlooked in the mass media. We make a point of showing ways in which seemingly unconnected resources link together to form a toolkit for changing the world.

Every link we post is informed by technology, but the new possibilities we cover aren't just high-tech. Sure, we all need to understand the uses (and dangers) of advances like biotechnology, the Internet, ubiquitous computing, artificial intelligences, "open source" software and nano-materials. But we also need to know how best to collaborate, how to build coalitions and movements, how to grow communities, how to make our businesses live up to their highest potential and how to make the promise of democracy into a reality. We need to understand techniques as well as technologies, ideas as well as innovations. How we work together is as important as the tools we use.

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Nature Writing

The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment

ASLE was founded in 1992 to promote the exchange of ideas and information about literature and other cultural representations that consider human relationships with the natural world.

ASLE encourages and seeks to facilitate both traditional and innovative scholarly approaches to environmental literature, ecocritical approaches to all cultural representations of nature, and interdisciplinary environmental research, including discussions among literary scholars and environmental historians, economists, journalists, philosophers, psychologists, art historians, scientists, and scholars in other relevant disciplines.

ISLE is the official journal of ASLE. The existence of ISLE reflects the rapid growth of ecological literary criticism and environmental scholarship in related disciplines in the United States and around the world in recent years, which in turn reflects the steady increase in the production of environmental literature over the past several decades and the increased visibility of such writing in college classrooms. ISLE seeks to encourage such scholarship, writing, and teaching, while facilitating the development of a theoretical foundation for these activities. It also seeks to bridge the gaps between scholars, artists, students, and the public.

Journal of Environmental History

Copublished by the American Society for Environmental History and the Forest History Society.

Nature Writing Resources

This extensive collection of web resources was compiled by Ann M. Woodlief, who taught English 385 “American Nature Writing” at Virginia Commonwealth University in Spring 2003.

The Orion Society

The first issue of Orion Nature Quarterly was published in June, 1982, and in its first-page editorial George Russell, the publication's first Editor-in-Chief, boldly stated Orion's values:

"It is Orion's fundamental conviction that humans are morally responsible for the world in which we live, and that the individual comes to sense this responsibility as he or she develops a personal bond with nature."

In the intervening twenty-five years, Orion has been a focal point in an extraordinarily rich period of nature writing, and it has remained true to that core conviction, though the magazine has evolved into a bimonthly, in larger format, and the range of its interests has broadened to include not only environmental but cultural concerns.

The Orion Society currently furthers its mission through three fundamental programs: the ideas and inspiration of Orion magazine, community activism through the Orion Grassroots Network, and environmental teaching through Orion Education.

Whole Terrain: Reflective Environmental Practice

Whole Terrain is dedicated to the experience of those who have chosen the environment as the basis of their professional work. It cultivates reflective thought and mindful awareness in an effort to create a balance between humanity and the Earth.

For 15 years, Whole Terrain has been exploring ecological and social issues from the unique perspective of environmental practitioners. A nationally acclaimed literary journal published by the Antioch University New England, Whole Terrain is a place where new and established writers, poets and artists come together with environmental professionals and students and faculty from around the world to examine such diverse themes as “Creative Collaborations,” “Risk,” “Serious Play,” “Research as Real Work,” and “Surplus and Scarcity.”

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Science and Reference

Earth: A graphic look at the state of the world

A few years ago a group of educators from BC, Canada set out to try to get an objective look at the state of the world. We wanted The Big Picture, not just this or that issue, but the most essential points of every important issue - the Executive Summary of the state of the planet.

This web site is the result of that search. The site is here to show you - in as clear, objective, and accessible a format as possible - the condition of the world -- both its natural and human elements.

Earth from Space: Astronauts' Views of the Home Planet

The NASA Space Shuttle Earth Observations Photography database of images is a national treasure.

We are publishing these selected photos and related captions on the Internet to provide a glimpse of this national treasure to the public. This database was compiled by our staff to illustrate some very interesting Earth features and processes, including cities as seen by our Astronauts from space.


“A design strategy for the new millennium.” This website, a labor of love by Don Weiss of Santa Cruz, includes the Environmental Movement Timeline, the Ecology Hall of Fame, Ecotopian Writings, and a large collection of links pertinent to the environmental movement in America.

Encyclopedia of Life Portal

Welcome to the first release of the Encyclopedia of Life portal. This is the very beginning of our exciting journey to document all species of life on Earth.

Comprehensive, collaborative, ever-growing, and personalized, the Encyclopedia of Life is an ecosystem of websites that makes all key information about all life on Earth accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world.

Our goals are to:

  1. Create a constantly evolving encyclopedia that lives on the Internet, with contributions from scientists and amateurs alike.

  2. Transform the science of biology, and inspire a new generation of scientists, by aggregating virtually all known data about every living species.

  3. Engage a wide audience of schoolchildren, educators, citizen scientists, academics and those who are just curious about Earth's species.

  4. Increase our collective understanding of life on Earth, and safeguard the richest possible spectrum of biodiversity.

Energy Information Administration: Renewable and Alternative Fuels

Official energy statistics from the U. S. Government.  Up-to-date information and data on renewable energy production, usage and cost.

Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth

Earth Sciences and Image Analysis at NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center supports the Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs by training the astronauts in Earth observations; communicating with on-orbit astronauts about weather and other Earth processes during missions; and cataloging and archiving the photographs that astronauts – past, present and future – take using hand-held cameras.

This database records the location and a description of over 745,000 astronaut photographs of Earth from the beginning of NASA space flight.

A Global Map of Human Impacts to Marine Ecosystems

What happens in the vast stretches of the world's oceans - both wondrous and worrisome - has too often been out of sight, out of mind.

The sea represents the last major scientific frontier on planet earth - a place where expeditions continue to discover not only new species, but even new phyla. The role of these species in the ecosystem, where they sit in the tree of life, and how they respond to environmental changes really do constitute mysteries of the deep.

Despite technological advances that now allow people to access, exploit or affect nearly all parts of the ocean, we still understand very little of the ocean's biodiversity and how it is changing under our influence.

The goal of the research presented here is to estimate and visualize, for the first time, the global impact humans are having on the ocean's ecosystems.

Our analysis, published in Science, February 15, 2008 shows that over 40% of the world's oceans are heavily affected by human activities and few if any areas remain untouched.

The State of the World's Sea Turtles: A Global Challenge, A Global Solution

SWOT—the State of the World’s Sea Turtles—is a partnership led by Conservation International (CI) and the IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group (MTSG), but the lifeblood of the effort is the network of more than 400 conservationists that contribute data to the SWOT database—which to provides the only comprehensive, global perspective of sea turtles.

This powerful network of partners, collectively known as the “SWOT Team,” is dedicated to its collective vision—that of a permanent global network of specialists working to accelerate the conservation of sea turtles and their habitats, pooling and synthesizing data, and openly sharing the information to audiences who can make a difference. SWOT’s unique global database allows sea turtle conservationists to contribute and compare their data to conservation practices in other areas of the world and collectively map it using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology.

Each year, these data and a variety of articles on sea turtle conservation projects across the globe are published in an internationally distributed magazine, SWOT Report—The State of the World’s Sea Turtles, that encapsulates the current status of sea turtle populations worldwide; identifies gaps in research and priorities; and provides recommendations for advancing both sea turtle and general marine conservation.

Founded on solid science and written for the lay reader, the magazine has proven extremely useful in outreach to coastal communities, policymakers, fishers and broader publics. As readers learn about sea turtle conservation, they learn about ocean health as a whole.

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