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ToxRefDB -- new database on toxicity testing from EPA

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"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new database called ToxRefDB, which allows scientists and the public to search and download thousands of toxicity testing results on hundreds of chemicals. ToxRefDB captures 30 years and $2 billion of testing results. It provides detailed chemical toxicity data in an accessible format. It is a part of ACToR (Aggregated Computational Toxicology Resource), an online data warehouse that collects data from about 500 public sources on tens of thousands of environmentally relevant chemicals http://actor.epa.gov/toxrefdb/faces/Home.jsp."

Source:  Anonymous. Online. Medford: Jul/Aug 2010. Vol. 34, Iss. 4; pg. 10, 1 pgs

Document URL:

http://proquest.umi.com/pqdlink?did=2079182141&sid=1&Fmt=3&clientId=17210&RQT=309&VName=PQD

 

NSCEP/NEPIS - EPA's Gateway to Free Digital & Paper Publications

"This site is EPA's premier site for accessing EPA publications, with more than 7,000 in stock and 35,000 digital titles, free of charge! EPA’s print publications are available through the National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP), and EPA's digital publications are stored in the National Environmental Publications Internet Site (NEPIS) database! You can search and retrieve, download, print and/or order only EPA publications from this site. "

Some of these reports will be also listed in various government databases, like NTIS, NTRL, MarciveWeb DOCS, and  also in WorldCat and Google.  (NTIS does not provide links or access to the full text.)

The EPA National Library Network has updated its Core List for an Environmental Reference Collection

EarthNAS.jpg "Near-Term Emissions Choices Could Lock In Climate Changes For Centuries to Millennia

July 16, 2010 -- Choices made now about carbon dioxide emissions reductions will affect climate change impacts experienced not just over the next few decades but also in coming centuries and millennia, says a new report from the National Research Council. Because CO2 in the atmosphere is long lived, it can effectively lock the Earth and future generations into a range of impacts, some of which could become very severe."

 

 

 

Source:  What'sNew@nationalacademies.org


Global Institute of Sustainability @ Arizona State University

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I just read about the Global Institute of Sustainability in the table of contents alert of  BioScience  Vol. 60, Issue 7, Jul 2010.  Michael M. Crow, the President of Arizona State University wrote this opinion piece

Its Vision: "The Global Institute of Sustainability is the hub of ASU's sustainability initiatives. The Institute advances research, education, and business practices for an urbanizing world."

Dr. Crow writes: "With the establishment of the Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS) in 2004 and the first-of-its-kind School of Sustainability three years later, ASU has positioned itself in the vanguard of interdisciplinary research on environmental, economic, and social sustainability."

C&EN launches news channel on environmental research (ACS)

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 "American Chemical Society's C&EN launches news channel on environmental research - 08 Jul 2010

The American Chemical Society has announced that its weekly newsmagazine Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) has launched its first news channel - the Environmental SCENE. The channel provides a steady stream of news about environmental research, business, and policy, including coverage of climate change, pollution, toxic substances, energy and sustainability.

The Environmental SCENE appears on C&EN's website as well as on the websites of four ACS journals - Environmental Science & Technology, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Energy & Fuels and Chemical Research in Toxicology. One of the news channel's primary goals is to provide tailored news of interest to readers of those journals, all of which have an environmental bent. But the stories will also be of interest and be accessible to anyone with an interest in environmental research, policy, and business.

The Environmental SCENE is edited by C&EN's Lila Guterman and Michael Torrice. Drawing on content from the pages of C&EN, the news channel also produces its own original content, significantly expanding C&EN's coverage of environmental research. The Environmental SCENE is the first of what will be several C&EN news channels. The magazine anticipates developing channels covering news in analytical chemistry and instrumentation, medicinal chemistry, organic chemistry, materials chemistry, the chemical-biology interface and other areas." 

Under "Latest News" is where you'll find the Environmental Scene RSS feed, etc.

Source:  Knowledgespeak Newsletter, 7/8/10

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