Environmental Impact Statements records added to transportation database

Northwestern University has added ~19,000 bibliographic records for environmental impact statements and drafts, to the TRIS database. “The Transportation Research Information Services (TRIS) Database is the world’s largest and most comprehensive bibliographic resource on transportation information. TRIS is produced and maintained by the Transportation Research Board at the National Academy of Sciences.” This is a free web-based database.

The Library has recently subscribed to the Environmental Impact Statements database from CSA: Environmental Impact Statements: Full-Text & Digests

The collections do not appear to overlap, so there must be at least some unique EISs in each. Both these databases are listed in the “Articles and Databases” groupings.

UN Environment Programme — Global Resource Information Database

The UNEP has added another to its panoply of resources: The Global Resource Information Database (GRID) has been developed by the USGS EROS Data Center and Google Maps by employing remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), and online mapping tools to create this free resource for use of geographers, political scientists, environmental researchers and policy decision-makers. “The atlas highlights sites around the world that have witnessed such dramatic environmental changes as glacial melt, desertification, deforestation, pollution, and population growth.”

Source: “Best Free Reference Websites, Ninth Annual List”, Reference & User Services Quarterly, Vol. 47(1), Fall, 2007.

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IPCC — Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

The IPCC shares the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.

The IPCC has a useful website that was just re-reviewed by today’s Scout Report. Notable is their new calendar of events, and especially the series: annual climate assessment reports. ‘Scientists and policymakers will also want to look at some of their exhaustive scholarly works which include “Safeguarding the Ozone Layer” and “Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage”.’ The “Activities” area includes information on their National Greenhouse Gas Inventories Programme.

Energy Economics databases — two new resources

The Library has subscriptions to Global Insights and EIU ( Economist Intelligence Unit). These services cover economic issues worldwide, by region, or country. There is data, economic and financial analysis, forecasting and marketing intelligence for various sectors of the economy. Energy is now a segment in each.

These databases can be found listed under the “Articles and Databases. Global Insight is a monolithic heading, whereas EIU, lists various sectors separately.
The EIU market sector databases are brand new and are currently listed under “New & Featured Databases”.

The Economist” (London), the highly respected and popular periodical, is also published by EIU. Similar to Global Insight, EIU contains news of critical issues, reports and briefings, and data and market analyses.

ORNL Review: Climate Change Research

The title of latest issue, Volume 40, Number 3, 2007, of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Review is entitled:

“A Matter of Degrees: The Future of Climate Change
Research—Slowing CO2 Emissions, Adapting to Climate Change Impacts:”

The Review is the laboratory’s research and development magazine. It is open access.

Pfleger Institute of Environmental Research

“Established in 1998, the Pfleger Institute of Environmental Research (PIER) is a non-profit organization ‘dedicated to education and research of the marine environment.’ From their headquarters in Oceanside, California, their team of scientists continues to work on a variety of studies on thresher sharks, roosterfish, and the giant sea bass. One rather nice highlight of the site is the ‘Field Notes’ area. Here visitors can learn about some of their ongoing research projects, which have included work on the swimming muscle physiology of the common thresher shark and the fine-scale movements of roosterfish. Visitors can also click on the “Publications” section to read the results of some of their scientific endeavors over the years. [KMG]”
From The Scout Report, Oct. 5th.

Cuba, alone, is achieving sustainable development

New Scientist [newsletter@email.newscientist.com] 4 October, 2007

Cathrine Brahic, Online Environment Reporter, writes:
World Failing On Sustainable Development
“If the world is to start developing in a sustainable way, we are going in the wrong direction. This is the message from the first study to show the ecological impact of our changing lifestyles. The international team looked at 93 nations over the last 30 years and found that just one nation – Cuba – is developing sustainably. Cuba was the only nation found to provide a decent standard of living for their people without consuming more than its fair share of resources”…MORE

Well, it appears that we can’t read more — at least not until the issue arrives in any of these 3 libraries: Chemistry, Stokes or Engineering. (It is embargoed for 1 month from being electronically available on EBSCO, and it won’t be available on Omnifile (Wilson) or ProQuest for 6 months.)