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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.
Wombat Warning
The Big Picture Movie
Earth Exploration Toolbook
Sustainability Science hub at AAAS. A one-stop shop for scientists trying to understanding how humanity can develop in an environmentally sustainable way.
State of the Planet from Science Magazine. 208 page book covering the current scientific knowledge on the most pressing environmental challenges. For some topics the public is told: "the science is in dispute" and yet there is an overwhelming consensus among scientists. Includes definitions and key terms so that it is accessible to students.
Science as a Smoke Screen is an essay suggesting that the plea for "sound science" is mearly an empty phrase used by those who want to resist regulation under the Endangered Species Act.
Worldmapper is a collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest. For the "Toy Imports" map the U.S. is huge and China is small. Whereas for "Toy Exports" the U.S. is miniscule and China is huge. Map categories include population, wealth, poverty, income, food, goods, education, transportation, communication, pollution, etc.
Topics in Ethics and Environment is a compendium of topical essays with themes addressing ethical and environmental issues in science. Current topics are--A vaccine rationing strategy, problems from the bias against publishing negative or ambiguous experimental results, self-censorship from synthetic biologists because of terrorists concerns, problems with schemes to discourage CO2 emissions using market mechanisms, how scientific descriptions for new or rare species are contributing to their extinction, and the practice of finding criminals through the DNA of their relatives. This file has been password protected because of copyright restrictions. If you are a teacher potentially using this material for the classroom contact the appropriate MSE department chair for the password. If you are a student who has been assigned something in this compendium contact your teacher for the password.
Lebanon War Environmental Damage
Expect a Warmer, Wetter World this Century, Computer Models Agree Computer predictions for extreme weather conditions in the 21st century.
Enviromapper This site from the Environmental Protection Agency can be used to track down emission sources and locate other pollution trouble spots. The site offers 11 modules for charting environmental variables. The Envirofacts module, for instance, can pinpoint everything from contaminated streams to air polluters. Zoom in and click on any source to find out how much of each chemical it releases. With another feature, users can flush out results of soil, water, and sediment tests conducted at locations such as schools and petrochemical plants after last year's Gulf Coast hurricanes. Here is a sample map from Enviromapper showing the hazardous material sites near Southwestern College.
American Denial of Global Warming from UCSDTV investigates the opposition to warnings from climate scientists.
EPA Adjusts a Smog Standard to the Presidential Preference. This article from the journal Science reports on political pressure brought on the EPA and the reactions of the EPA administrator.
National Geographic Endangered Species Gallery Photo Gallery This site is home to more than 270 species-each one endangered. Stunning photography, latest endangerment status, habitat maps, and species facts. Be sure to click enlarge photo for better viewing.
EPA to Regulate CO2?--Supreme Court Case (password rerquired) This article describes a current Supreme Court case to decide if carbon dioxide should be regulated as a pollutant.

Union of Concerned Scientists is an independent nonprofit alliance of more than 100,000 concerned citizens and scientists. We augment rigorous scientific analysis with innovative thinking and committed citizen advocacy to build a cleaner, healthier environment and a safer world.
Melting Alaskan Glaciers Fourteen pairs of photos documenting the melting of Alaskan glaciers.
Ozone Hole Watch Tracking of the ozone hole and explanations of the chemical reactions that gnaw at the ozone layer.
Down to Earth Science and Engineering of Natural Systems A pragmatic look at at ecosystems engineering, land use, natural hazards, and related subjects.
Coral Reefs and the Global Network of Marine Protected Areas (password required, see note in Topics in Ethics and Environment above)
Visualizing the Environment Great images and information on the environment from the United Nations Environment Program. A wealth of maps and graphs showing trends and predictions.
An Inconvenient Truth Website for the general circulation movie that discusses global warming.
Who Killed the Electric Car? Website for the movie that discusses the introduction and demise of the GM electric car.
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.
Engineering the Climate by Polluting the Atmosphere. This article discusses a proposal to spew particulate matter into the atmosphere as a means of combatting greenhouse warming trends. (password protected)
Climate Engineering debate on whether scientists should study novel ways to alter Earth's climate to counteract global warming gave a qualified "yes."