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WWW Virtual Library: Public Health


Last updated:  30 April 2000

  • American Society for Environmental History
  • ASEAN Review of Biodiversity & Environmental Conservation - "published in association with the Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation (IBEC) based at University Malaysia Sarawak. Published quarterly in electronic form, it seeks unpublished review articles on important research, reports on projects, programs, and initiatives on biodiversity and environment issues. ARBEC seeks to publish critical reviews designed to enhance the knowledge on biodiversity and environmental conservation at all levels, from research methods, theory, applications and practice of environmental conservation and education"
  • Center for Health, Environment and Justice (USA) - "CCHW is the only national environmental organization founded and led by grassroots leaders. After winning the federal relocation of residents victimized by toxic waste at Love Canal, Lois Gibbs and other local activists were inundated with calls from people around the country who were facing similar threats and wanted help. CCHW was founded in 1981 to address this need. Over the years, CCHW has worked with grassroots community groups on a broad range of environmental issues, including toxic waste, solid waste, air pollution, incinerators, medical waste, radioactive waste, pesticides, sewage and industrial pollution. We have also begun to work with communities exploring environmentally sound economic development"
  • Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) - based in Berne (Switzerland), the work of (CDE) is concerned with aspects of development and environment in international cooperation. Its main focus is on sustainable use of natural resources
  • Centre for Economic and Social Studies on the Environment (CESSE), Free University of Brussels, Belgium
  • Center for Respect of Life and Environment (CRLE) - based in Washington State (USA) and "created in 1986 in response to the growing environmental crisis. We recognize that the scale and dimensions of the crisis will require solutions from multiple perspectives. We believe that significant changes in both attitudes and institutions are necessary for a humane and sustainable future. The work of the Center is to awaken people's ecological sensibilities and to transform lifestyles, institutional practices, and social policies to support the community of life. Our major programs identify approaches to economic and social development that recognize the links between ecology,spirituality, and sustainability"
  • Communications for a sustainable future (CSF), Colorado - one of the best servers regarding all aspects of sustainable development and environment, highly recommended
  • Earth Charter - "Drafting a statement of ethical principles similar to the UN Declaration on Human Rights that will guide the conduct of people and nations towards each other and the Earth to ensure peace, equity and a sustainable future"
  • EarthJustice Legal Defense Fund - "formerly the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, is the law firm for the environment. For more than a quarter century, the Legal Defense Fund has represented hundreds of environmental clients, large and small, without charge. When reason and persuasion fail to protect the environment, the Legal Defense Fund works to safeguard public lands, national forests, parks and wilderness areas; to reduce air and water pollution; to prevent toxic contamination; to preserve endangered species and wildlife habitat; and to achieve environmental justice"
  • Eco Compass - the Internet Guide to Environmental Information provided by Island Press; it provides access to publications of Island Press and others
  • Ecology Hall of Fame - "dedicated to the heroes of the environmental movement"
  • EDIN - Economic and Democracy Information Network
  • ELDIS - Electronic Development and Environment Information System
  • Electronic Green Journal
  • EnviroLink - "a non-profit organization...a grassroots online community that unites hundreds of organizations and volunteers around the world with millions of people in over 150 countries. All of us at the EnviroLink Network are dedicated to providing you with the most comprehensive, up-to-date environmental resources available"
  • The Environment: A Global Challenge - "the web's most comprehensive site on the environment. With 400 articles and 811 pages, the site covers every aspect of the environment and provides many interactive features. This site is ideal for educational purposes, though everyone will find the content and special features that are spread out through twenty sections to be interesting and useful. We encourage visitors to contribute to the site, use it as an educational tool, and try the interactive features"
  • Environment, Technology and Society - Newsletter of the Section on Environment and Technology of the American Sociological Association
  • Environmental Change and Security Project (USA) - "at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. Since its inception in 1994, the Project has served as an information clearinghouse on the views, activities and policy initiatives falling under the rubric of "environment, population and security." The ECSP acts as a neutral, non-partisan forum for researchers, practitioners and interested individuals to meet, exchange ideas and concerns, and develop cross-disciplinary dialogue"
  • Environmental Ethics - rich resource with links to ethical and philosophical resources regarding the environment
  • Environmental Health Library - resources provided by the University of Washington (USA), Department of Environmental Health
  • Environmental Health Information Service - a US governmental agency amongst others publishing the monthly journal Environmental Health Perspectives 
  • Environmental Investigation Agency - "an independent, international campaigning organisation committed to investigating and exposing environmental crime"
  • Environmental Organization WebDirectory - claims to be the biggest environment search engine of the Web
  • European Environment Agency - launched by the European Union (EU) in 1993 with a mandate to orchestrate, cross-check and put to strategic use information of relevance to the protection and improvement of Europe’s environment. The Agency, based in Copenhagen, Denmark, has a mandate defined by Council Regulation (EEC) No. 1210/90 to ensure the supply of objective, reliable and comprehensive information at European level, enabling its member states to take the requisite measures to protect their environment, to assess the result of such measures and to insure that the public is properly informed about the state of the environment
  • Friends of The Earth International
  • Global Scenario Group - "an international initiative to address long-range environmental and development possibilities, raise public awareness and identify actions for a sustainable future. The GSG analyzes the requirements for a transition to a more sustainable and equitable future and offers practical support to policy-makers. It pursues this objective through research, publication and collaboration with national and regional efforts to establish sustainable development strategies"
  • Greenpeace International
  • The Greens - this is an excellent resource on all Green parties of Mother Earth. It provides access to policy papers, documents, addresses, and everything else you always wanted to know about The Greens - check it out!
  • Griffith ECOHOTline - a project from the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Griffith University, Brisbane (Australia), "this hotline has been developed for secondary school students to research and write assignments on environmental topics. It provides a guide to using the WWW in research, examples of different assignment writing styles, and hotlinks to hundreds of sites on over 50 environmental topics"
  • HORIZON Communications Solutions - an exceptional site offering case studies from different countries concerning sustainable development and its impact on public health
  • IGC: EcoNet - EcoNet: a decade of support for ecological sustainability and environmental justice. EcoNet/IGC is a unionized Internet Service Provider
  • International Council for Local Environment Initiatives (ICLEI)
  • International Development Research Center, Singapore Office - a public corporation created by the Canadian government to help communities in the developing world find solutions to social, economic, and environmental problems through research. The Singapore Office responds to the needs of Southeast and South Asian countries from India to the distant Pacific islands
  • International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) - "an independent, non-profit organisation which promotes sustainable patterns of world development through collaborative research, policy studies, consensus building and public information. With a focus on issues of equity and justice, and the rights and needs of poor people, the Institute works in an interdisciplinary way, addressing the connections between economic development, the environment and human needs"; IIED also publishes one of the best journals I know Environment and Urbanization  which I highly recommend
  • International Institute for Natural, Environmental & Cultural Resources Management (IIRM) - "the Institute, based at the University of New Mexico (USA), gives particular attention and emphasis to local self-determination through participative democratic processes at the community level. It emphasizes specific organizational principles and community-based, participative democratic processes as the keys to sustainable human and natural systems and resources development"
  • International Society for Ecological Economics
  • International Society for Environmental Ethics
  • Kyoto Earth Summit Global Warming Information Center - providing all the resources and data which were tabled at the December 1997 conference, very interesting stuff
  • Loka Institute - "founded in 1987, the Loka Institute is a non-profit [501(c)(3)] research and advocacy organization concerned with the social, political, and environmental repercussions of science and technology. Loka works to make science and technology more responsive to social and environmental concerns by expanding opportunities for grassroots, public-interest group, everyday citizen, and worker involvement in vital facets of science and technology decision making"
  • National Centre for Sustainability (Canada)
  • National Institute for Environmental Studies (Tokyo)
  • Ozone Hole Tour - offered by Glenn Carver, Centre for Atmospheric Science, Cambridge University (United Kingdom): "We originally created the Ozone Hole Tour to illustrate some of the research work that we do on ozone depletion. However, recently we have been pleasantly surprised by the increasing number of students from schools and colleges who come to the Ozone Hole Tour as part of assignments or homework, where the student is looking for information about the ozone hole. Some of these students email queries to us which we do our best to answer. As a result of this and in light of the comments received on the earlier version of the tour, we have revised the content and hopefully made it better suited to students' needs"
  • Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment and Security - a non-profit research institute in Oakland (California) on climate change and ozone depletion, editor of Global change, rich resources
  • Rachel Carson Homestead - "is the birthplace and childhood home of ecologist Rachel Carson, whose 1962 book "Silent Spring" launched the modern environmental movement. Born in this five-room farmhouse, Carson's childhood here in southwestern Pennsylvania nurtured a love and respect for nature and natural things which would guide her the rest of her life. "Silent Spring" warned of the dangers of indiscriminate pesticide use and established her as one of the most important and influential activists in history. The Rachel Carson Homestead Association was formed in 1975 to preserve and restore this site and to offer education programs which advance Rachel Carson's environmental ethic. In addition to guided tours of the house and grounds, we offer environmental education classes and programs for children and adults, school and outreach programs, and serve as an international resource for information about her life and work"
  • Rainforest Action Network - "RAN works with environmental and human rights groups in 60 countries, sharing information and coordinating the U.S. sector's role in worldwide campaigns to protect the rainforests and their inhabitants. Through financial contributions and networking services, RAN supports the efforts of indigenous and environmental groups in tropical countries to achieve ecologically sustainable solutions within their own regions"
  • SeaWeb - "a multimedia public education project designed to raise awareness of the world ocean and the life within it. We aim to provide information and opinion from a broad spectrum of sources to help us all become more connected and involved in the life of the sea"
  • Sierra Club (USA) - a nonprofit member-supported, public interest organization that promotes conservation of the natural environment by influencing public policy decisions--legislative, administrative, legal, and electoral - rich resource and highly recommended
  • Solstice (USA) - the Internet information service of the Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology (CREST)
  • The Environmentalist - "This journal acts as a catalyst for environmental education, identifying available educational opportunities and providing necessary guidelines and missing framework for defining the more viable management mechanisms useful to industry, governmental policy-makers and environmental professionals"
  • The UK Global Environmental Research Office
  • United Nations Environment Program, Working Group Sustainable Product Development - "a database of sustainable product and service examples, hundreds of contacts in 55 countries. A downloadable version of our magazine Way Beyond, reports and even software. Regularly screened WWW links to other relevant specialist organisations are also available"
  • Universities Water Information Network - everything you want to know about water and environment, excellent resources and links
  • US Evironmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    • Center for Environmental Information and Statistics - "the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new one-stop source of data and information on environmental quality, status and trends. The CEIS is located in EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C."

  • Vietnam Science, Technology and Environment - "is particularly interested in the environment and appropriate technology. We assist Vietnamese scientists find their own solutions to development problems. We are also concerned with the enormous task of saving Vietnam's environment. We know that conservation is not fencing in forests or jailing poachers. It is about helping people in the countryside to make a living without degrading their environment"
  • Women's Voices for the Earth (USA) - "a grassroots environmental justice organization. Our mission is to empower women and others who historically have had little power in affecting environmental policy to create a society that is ecologically sustainable and socially just"
  • World Resource Foundation - Preserving Resources through Integrated Sustainable Management of Waste
  • World Resources Institute - an independent center for policy research and technical assistance on global environmental and development issues. Created in 1982, WRI is dedicated to helping governments and private organizations of all types cope with environmental, resource, and development challenges of global significance
  • Worldwatch Institute - "dedicated to fostering the evolution of an environmentally sustainable society--one in which human needs are met in ways that do not threaten the health of the natural environment or the prospects of future generations. The Institute seeks to achieve this goal through the conduct of inter-disciplinary non-partisan research on emerging global environmental issues, the results of which are widely disseminated throughout the world"
  • Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy
  • WWW Virtual Library: Environment
  • WWW Virtual Library Law: Environmental law
  • WWW Virtual Library: Sustainable development

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