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Project Clean Water
David Suzuki Foundation
San Diego Coast Keeper
Stop Global Warming
Charity Watch
Doctors Without Borders
Global Futures
Glacier Man is the story of a man who battles climate change by building artificial glaciers.
Biological Soil Crusts A well put together website about those important organisms in dry ecosystems that keep soil from blowing or washing away.
Methane Consuming Microorganisms Discovered in the Arctic Methane exuded from deep-sea Artic volcanoes is an aggressive greenhouse gas, 25-times more potent than carbon dioxide. This news clip describes an article in Nature reporting on newly discovered microorganisms that feed on the methane emissions.
Restoring Iraqi Marshlands. The ecosystem for the Middle East's largest wetlands withered because of upstream water diversions and Saddam Hussein, who ordered the wetlands drained to suppress dissent in southern Iraq (Science February 2005, p. 1186). This site from the U.N. Environment Programme follows the progress of a project to restore the parched area begun after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. At the time, the wetlands' original 20,000 square kilometers had dwindled by more than 90%. But by this June, they had rebounded to about 60% of their previous size. The site offers satellite land cover maps and progress reports that track water extent and vegetation regrowth.
Visualizing Climate Effects on Reefs These photos from Science magazine dramatize the reef conditions at three levels of atmospheric CO2: 375ppm (lower than 2007), 450-500 ppm, and > 500ppm.
  Exploring the Environment
  San Diego's Oceans
  Birch Aquarium
  Reef Environmental Education Foundation
  Conservation International
  Discover Life
  San Diego Natural History Museum
  Keeling Curve Data. This data set is the average monthly CO2 concentrations measured at the Mauna Loa observatory from 1958 to 2003. When this data was first published (1984) it was considered convincing evidence that increasing CO2 concentrations were cause for concern.
  Offshore Aquaculture Legislation An editorial discussing legislation to establish a permitting process for offshore aqua development.
  Avian Influenza Monitoring This site is intended to track any avian flu cases in the United States.
  Global Climate Change report summary for 2007 from the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)--thousands of scientists representing 120 nations support the data and analyses in this report.
  We Didn't Start the Fire by Billy Joel. Fifty years of Baby Boomer history. Non-Boomers should click on the "Lyrics?" link for subtitles.
  Course Coordinators--Valerie Pennington x5516 and Margie Stinson x5324