“EBSCO’s GreenFILE is a free database offering access to research-related information on human impacts to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government, and general interest titles include content about the environmental effects of individuals, corporations, and local /national governments and what can be done on each level to minimize the negative impact. Topics covered include global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and recycling. Articles are retrieved from 600 titles with nearly 300,000 articles, including full-text access from more than 4,600 open access titles. The same general search of terms and concepts related to green or sustainable buildings (including libraries), architecture, design, etc., provides nearly 3,900 records from academic journals, magazines, books/monographs, book reviews, reports, and government documents.”
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) has opened the Green Energy Portal. It offers to all — scientists, students and the public — quick access to research and development in the area of renewable energy. There are thousands of full-text documents.
"The DOE Green Energy portal is part of the DOE Open Government Plan, which furthers the Administration’s Open Government Initiative. DOE Green Energy contains both current and historical research, including bibliographic citations, technical reports and patent information on different types of renewable energy resources and energy conservation. Subject areas include but are not limited to solar, wind, bioenergy, hydroelectric, geothermal, tidal and wave power, and energy storage."
Source: Email from Tim Byrne at OSTI email@example.com
This is most likely a just a short cut, but I trust that most all of these documents and their indexing is available via NTIS, NTRL, Science.gov and/or the DOE’s Information Bridge.
"US environment agency releases public database on risk assessments – 25 Mar 2010
The US’ Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the release of the Health and Environmental Research Online (HERO) database. HERO seeks to provide access to the scientific studies used in making key regulatory decisions, including EPA’s periodic review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for six major pollutants. It is part of the open government directive to conduct business with transparency, participation and collaboration.
The publicly accessible HERO database is projected to provide an easy way to review the scientific literature behind EPA science assessments, which are used to support agency decision-making. It includes more than 300,000 scientific articles including the authors, titles, dates and abstracts. In addition, through a keyword search, anyone can see information from the articles that were used to develop specific risk assessments.
HERO includes peer-reviewed literature used by EPA to develop its Integrated Science Assessments (ISA) that feed into the NAAQS review. It also includes references and data from the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), a database that supports critical agency policymaking for chemical regulation. More information on the database is available at http://www.epa.gov/hero "
Source: Knowledgespeak Newletter 3/25/10 & CHMINF Listserv.
Besides NTIS, available via Engineering Village/Elsevier, Princeton University now has access to: NTRL (National Technical Reports Library)National Technical Information Service. Over 500,000 documents are available in full-text from departments such as Department of Energy, NASA, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
NTRS differs from NTIS in that it covers more years, mainly from 1960, but as far back as 1800. The database is updated daily and there is full text for about 25% of the reports.
Source: P.U.’s Engineering Library and Database Management Group
“The Environmental Sciences Reading Room is a FREE service that will provide you with unlimited access to our Environmental journals, 6 times a year. No charge, no catch!
Access is free, quick and easy. Just follow this link and enter the Reading Room today! “
Selection for January – February 2010
The following Environmental journals have been selected and will be available to you until the end of February 2010:
- Environmental Health
- Microbial Ecology
- Global Change – Climate Change
- Energy Efficiency
- Pollution & Remediation
- Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health
- Water, Air, & Soil Pollution
- Environmental Management
- Environmental Management
- The Environmentalist
- Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy
- Aquatic Sciences
- Estuaries and Coasts
- Aquaculture International
Make sure to add this page to your favorites and to forward this link your colleagues! www.springer.com/environmentalreadingroom
Please note that you will continue to have unlimited access if your library or institution has an online subscription.
Princeton University now has subscriptions to all the Springer journals.
The ebrary staff has created an in-depth searchable cluster of information about the H1N1 virus, sometimes known as the "swine flu". It consists of reports, papers, newsletters, and posters from government agencies and "other trusted souces". This database is highly interactive with options for searching, navigating and browsing, notes and highlights. Ebrary software, "InfoTools", renders each word a portal to further web searching. Text can be copied, pasted, transfered to folders, sent to others, and bibliographic citations and URLs are provided.
This book is available free on the Web, compiled by the Union of Concerned Scientists in 2009:
Thoreau’s Legacy: American Stories about Global Warming introduces a new generation of writers and photographers with a personal connection to global warming. The 67 essays and images in this anthology are drawn from nearly 1,000 submissions about beloved places, people, plants, animals, and activities at risk from a changing climate—and the efforts that individuals are making to save what they love. A foreword by author Barbara Kingsolver serves as a powerful call to action.
The essays we selected represent a variety of perspectives, voices, and experiences. The authors follow in the long tradition of great American environmental writers, like Henry David Thoreau, who have broadened our awareness and sharpened our perspective about the world we share. And they are inspiring action to protect our planet from global warming. They are Thoreau’s legacy.
Source: Email from Union of Concerned Scientists [firstname.lastname@example.org] June 22, 2009.
"October 19, 2009 — A new report from the National Research Council examines "hidden" costs of energy production and use — such as the the health impacts of air pollution — that are not reflected in market prices of coal or oil. The quantifiable damages alone were an estimated $120 billion in the U.S. in 2005, a number that reflects primarily health damages caused by air pollution from electricity generation and motor vehicle transportation."
Source: National Academies Newsletter; WhatsNew@nationalacademies.org
World Demographic Trends
22-page report of the Commission on Population and Development of the United Nations Economic and Social Council, 15 January, 2009. E/cn.9/2009/6
- State of the World Population 2008: Reaching common ground: culture,
gender and human rights – <<a href=”http://www.docuticker.com The source of the report is the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). It coincides with this year’s 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and is available on the web or as a PDF (2.5 MB).
Source: [DocuTicker] Newsletter No.60