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  • Encyclopedia of the Earth
    This site provides encyclopedic articles that generally are peer reviewed. There are a wide range of topics like agricultural & resource economics, biodiversity, climate change, ecology, environmental & earth science, energy, environmental law & policy, food, forests, geography, hazards & disasters, health, mining & materials, people, pollution, society & environment, water, weather & climate, and wildlife. Each category has many sub topics.
  • Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
    Provides a searchable database of Smithsonian publication articles on the environment. Some articles are available for free (those with the title of the article hyperlinked). For those that aren’t available on the website you can either look through one of Pierce’s library database or can ask through inter library loan.
  • Library of Congress: Environment, Conservation
    This website is part of the Library of Congress’s collection. It provides information on different segments of history in a few topics of environment & conservation. These topics are: Conservation movement 1850-1920, Natural Environment photographs 1891-1936, Florida Everglades environmental history 1884-1934, Folk culture and natural environment in West Virginia 1992-1999, and National Parks maps. You can search through the collections for a specific topic by clicking on the collection you are interested in or you can use the “search selected collections” box to search for a specific topic.


  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: Endangered Species Program
    You can search for endangered species by state, common or scientific name and/or by country. There is also an interactive map of which you can choose which state look for species in. Site also provides information on what the ESP does, information for landowners, permits, grants, laws & policies, and a place for kids to learn about endangered species.
  • Audubon: The Endangered Species Act (ESA)
    This website is an organization’s website that talks about the ESA and the issues and actions that the Audubon supports. Some of these issues are global warming, Alaska issues, ecosystem restoration, funding conservation programs, invasives, Boreal birds, windpower.
  • NOAA Fisheries: Endangered and Threatened Marine Species
    This website provides information about marine endangered or delisted marine animals, marine invertebrates, plants, & recovery plans. This website also provides information on the Endangered Species Act (ESA).


    This is a separate site that is overlooked by NOAA. This site provides NOAA’s ClimateWatch Magazine, which is fully searchable. It also provides information climate data, services, and understanding climate. There are lots of photos, maps and charts available in the articles.

Ocean & Water

  • Water Resources of the United States
    This site provides information on different water topics in the United States. The site is searchable can be limited by state, water resource topic, data, publications, maps, software, multimedia, and programs available. Water resource topics covered are: streams, lakes and reservoirs, groundwater, aquifers and wells, quality of water resources, international water activities, floods & droughts, water use, contamination & pollution, and methods & modeling.
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography: Seeking the Science of the Garbage Patch
    This website provides information about the Scripps Environmental Accumulation of Plastic Expedition (SEAPLEX) mission. It also provides articles, news releases, blog entries from the institution on the garbage patch.
  • NOAA: Marine Debris
    This website provides information on the impacts, types, sources, and movement of marine debris including: garbage patches, plastic marine debris, Japan tsunami marine debris, and marine debris facts. The website also provides information on what you can do.

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  • Environmental Protection Agency
    Topics on this site are searchable by state, topic, or by where you live (address, zip code, city, or name of place). The EPA cover topic on: air, climate change, emergencies, green living, health and safety, land cleanup, pesticides, chemicals, toxins, wastes, and water. The website also provides information about the science & technology that the EPA uses to conduct their research. You can also find information on laws, regulations, and what the EPA itself is about.
  • Department of Ecology: WA State
    This site Provides information on the water, air, waste, cleanup, toxic hazards and green living in Washington State. It also site provides searchable databases. You can also find information about the laws and rules in Washington State and search for publications and forms by topic.
  • National Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
    The NRDC is an organization that is a strong advocate for protecting the earth in many different environmental areas. Issue areas they provide information on are: global warming, energy, air, water, oceans, oceans, food & agriculture, wildlands, health, environmental justice, U.S. law & policy, nuclear energy, sustainable communities, recycling, international issues, and transportation.
    This website is of a U.S. organization that aids people with various issues, environment & global climate change is one of the areas they help with. You can look at issues by the places they do work at, by issue. There is also an interactive map at the bottom of the first page that shows the different environment and global climate change projects that they are doing around the world currently. The website also provides results & data of projects, and news related to the topics and the organization.
  • Sightline Institute
    “Sightline Institute is an independent, nonprofit research and communications center” that deals with information about the environment in the Pacific Northwest. The site provides maps, news and information on topics like climate, energy, economy, jobs, environment, food, sustainable living, land use, & transportation. You can also look at information by region (British Columbia, Oregon, & Washington).
  • Center for Biological Diversity
    This website is provides information about the CBD, about becoming an activist, programs, species, news, publications, and how you can support the CBD. The programs that the CBD provides information on are: endangered species, Climate Law Institute, International biodiversity, oceans, public lands, and urban wildlands. The site also provides a campaign directory that lists out different endangered species, Climate Law Institute, international biodiversity, ocean, urban wildlands, wildlands, and human population growth topics.
  • City of Tacoma Sustainability
    This site provides information on sustainability topics in Tacoma, Washington. Topics include what you can do (as individuals or businesses), what Tacoma is doing, Climate Action Plan history, Wapato Lake Sustainability Project, and Tacoma sustainability topics in the news.
  • Pierce County Sustainability
    This website provides links to other Pierce County, Washington State, University of Washington, and a couple national sustainability websites.
  • National Science Foundation: Earth & Environmental Discoveries
    This website provides articles on earth and environmental discoveries that are supported by the NSF. The website also provides information on Arctic and Antarctic discoveries. There is a search bar at the top of the page in which you can search the NSF page for a certain topic.
  • Washington State Department of Health: Community & Environment
    This website provides information on various topics about the environment and how they are related to the health of the community of Washington State. These topics include: air quality, contaminants, drinking water, food, pests, radiation, schools, shellfish, wastewater management, and water recreation. This website is also searchable by topic or by keyword through the search box.


  • NASA: Ozone Hole Watch
    This website provides information about ozone in general and the ozone over the Antarctic. The website also provides pictures and other multimedia on the ozone hole, ozone depleting chemicals, ozone chemistry, and missions.
  • NASA: Space-Based Measurements of Ozone & Air Quality in the Ultraviolet and visible
    This website provides maps and information on the ozone & air quality. You can find ozone related topics like aerosol, erythemal UV, radiative cloud fraction, tropospheric ozone, clouds, and other chemicals that affect the ozone. You can also find information about the measurements, instruments, news, known issues, and discussions about the ozone & air quality. There are maps and tables that illustrate the ozone & air quality.
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Science (NIEHS)
    This website provides information about how ozone affects human health & what NIEHS is doing about ozone. It also provides links to other environmental topics that affect human health.

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