Environmental Systems and Societies


Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations – Free database containing articles on the environment, geography and the natural sciences

CIA World Factbook – Provides information on the history, geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation and transnational issues for 267 countries

Earth Portal – Includes Encyclopaedia of the Earth, Hot Topics and Earth News

Friends of the Earth – A large grassroots organization with two million members

Green Facts – An independent non-profit organization which aims to make complex scientific reports on health and the environment available to non-specialists

Greenpeace International – A global campaigning NGO

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis: IIASA – An international research organistion. Look under the ‘Resources’ tab

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: NOAA – A US federal agency, full of information on climate, oceans and coasts

One World – An international civil society network with the aim of building a more just society

People and the Planet – Global review and internet gateway with very readable articles on a multitude of topics

UNESCO: Man and the Biosphere Programme – Links down the left hand side

United Nations Environment Programme – Full of information and searchable by the headings: Climate Change, Disasters and Conflicts, Ecosystem Management, Environmental Governance, Chemicals and Waste, Resource Efficiency and Environment under Review

World Resources Institute – Look Under ‘Maps and Data’ and ‘Publications’. Also see CAIT, its’ Climate Data Explorer

World Watch Institute – A research organization that reports on global environmental events

ESS: Climate Change

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: IPCC – The leading international body for the assessment of climate change

IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme – International Energy Agency offshoot

United States Environmental Protection Agency: EPA – Scroll down to the bottom of the page for subject links

ESS: Ecology

EnviroLink – links to hundreds of environmental sites

Environmental Literacy Council – Searchable by the headings Air and Climate. Land, Water, Ecosystems, Energy, Food, Environment and Society

EPA – The US Environmental Agency

EPA: Students for the environment – has some good links

GLOBE – A programme that coordinates hands-on science projects between schools around the world

ESS: Ecological Footprints

Carbon Footprint – A carbon footprint calculator

Ecological Footprint Calculator – A simple and easy to use tool

Global Footprint Network – Look under ‘Resources’

ESS: Energy Resources

BP – British Petroleum site

Shell – Includes renewables information

ESS: Food Resources

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations – Databases and statistics available

International Whaling Commission – Media resources and publications
International Food Policy Research Institute – Huge amount of information available

ESS: Pollution

The Ozone Hole Tour – From the University of Cambridge Centre for Atmospheric Science

US Energy Information Administration: Energy Kids – Everything you need to know about recycling plastics

ESS: Resources

Earth Policy Institute – Dedicated to building a sustainable future
International Institute for Sustainable Development – Lots of articles available

ESS: Soil Resources

Biosphere Science Research Portal – From NASA

Soil Erosion Site – With good links

ESS: Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) Reports – A collection of over 250 reports

The World Bank – Great links

The World Student Community for Sustainable Development – An international multi-disciplinary organization of university students and young professional who take the lead as motivated and engaged students and scientists, as social entrepreneurs and as visionaries for a more sustainable future

ESS: Water Resources

People and the Planet – Water section

WaterAid – Practical solutions to water issues

World Water Council – International platform for water issues