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Climate Change website from the European Union

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Don't overlook the European Union network of websites -- a portal -- as a resource for information on the environment.  Here is the homepage for Climate Change.  Documents can be found on International Climate Negotiations, EU Domestic Actions, and Studies, and links and archives are accessible.

Also note the EU Environment homepage and the Site Map.

Biotechnology for Energy & Environment

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From the LC Web Site: Biotechnology — Tracer Bullet 08-9

While the term “biotechnology” covers a very broad area, this guide focuses on the most recent uses of biotechnology in its four major fields: 1. medicine (vaccine development, chemotherapy drugs, stem cell therapy, gene therapy, and pharmacogenomics); 2. agriculture (genetically modified organisms and cloning); 3. energy and environment (biofuel and waste management); and 4. the bioethical and legal implications of biotechnology.

This guide updates and replaces TB 84-7, and furnishes a review of the literature in the collections of the Library of Congress on the topic. Not intended as a comprehensive bibliography, this compilation is designed-as the name of the series implies-to put the reader “on target.”

Environmental Health and Toxicology

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The Specialized Information Services of the National Library of Medicine has compiled 26 information portals to date on many important issues in environmental health and toxicology. Links are provided to overviews, review articles, databases, bibliographies, regulations and policies, and other websites. These concerns include environmental health of ethnic groups, chemical and biological warfare, chemicals and pollutants, natural disasters and diseases.

Educational Materials in Atmospheric Chemistry

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Professor Daniel J. Jacob of Harvard University has compiled this very fine set of educational materials that deal with various aspects of atmospheric chemistry. He draws these resources from his own teaching experience, along with offering slides, presentations, and information from his own introductory textbook on the subject. Visitors can click through sections that contain resources such as Power Point presentations on halogen chemistry, aerosols, and global biogeochemical cycles. Professor Jacob has also been kind enough to include several versions of his 1999 textbook titled “Introduction to Atmosphere Chemistry” for general consideration and use. Finally, the site also contains resources on chemical transport models intended for graduate students. Source: The Scout Report — March 14, 2008

There are also some helpful hints about presentations and writing!

Intute Environment Gateway

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From their “About” page: “Intute is a free online service providing access to the very best web resources for education and research. All material is evaluated and selected by a network of subject specialists to create the Intute database. The Intute database makes it possible to discover the best and most relevant resources in one easily accessible place. You can explore and discover trusted information, assured that it has been evaluated by specialists for its quality and relevance.” They have organized the pages by very broad subject areas: Health & Life Sciences, Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences and Science Engineering & Technology Environment has recently gained separate category status: Intute Environment Gateway

Researching Environmental Economics at Princeton University

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Bobray Bordelon, the Economics & Finance Librarian and head of Data Services, has created — and maintains — a very useful website for resources in environmental economics. The main divisions are as follows:

I. Finding Books, Journals, and other Environmental Economic Literature

II. Working Papers and Technical Reports

III. Environment from an Economic Perspective

IV. General Indexes with Environmental Economic Content

V. Economics from an Environmental Perspective

VI. Environmental Data and Environmental Impact Statements

Environmental Health & Toxicology Portal

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The U.S. government, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Specialized Information Services more specifically, has set up an Environmental Health & Toxicology portal to web-based information about Chemicals and Drugs, Diseases and the Environment, Environmental Health, Occupational Safety and Health, Poisoning, Risk Asessment and Regulations, Toxicology and Pesticide Exposure.

Information geared to researchers and students may be specified…as well as the public or schools.

Global Warming & Climate Change -- Research Guide

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Library of Congress “Tracer Bullet” 06-6 from September, 2006, is a research guide that lists recommended books, journals, articles, conference proceedings, government documents, websites, dissertations, reference sources, etc. on the topic Global Warming and Climate Change. Such research aids are from the Science, Technology and Business Division of the Science Reference Services of the Library of Congress. Princeton University Library will probably have most of the sources, but we will provide through Interlibrary Loan or Document Delivery services those resources which we don’t have. For books, conferences, journals, etc, use the Main Catalog, and for articles, start with the database listings under Articles & Databases from the Princeton University Library Homepage.

Librarians at the Library of Congress periodically create research guides on timely topics. They are dubbed “Science Tracer Bullets Online” (Historically, they were in paper format.) This latest was released on March 17th. This is what the ResourceShelf.com announcement reads: “Web and print resources compiled by the Science, Technology and Business Division at the Library of Congress. This guide lists relevant sources of information on alternative fuel vehicles and includes electric vehicles, hybrid vehicles, and personal transportation vehicles, as well as the technology of fuel economy and alternative fuels. It also includes advanced autoignition and lean-burn combustion processes for improving engine fuel economy.”

These research guides include books, conference proceedings, technical reports and papers, dissertations, key journals, and databases (abstracting and indexing services). A caveat: Princeton does not necessarily have all the resouces listed, but our call numbers are likely to be the same as in the Library of Congress, and of course, we will be happy to obtain any resources lacking at Princeton, via Interlibrary Loan, or Document Delivery. Princeton will have most of the databases accessible electronically via the Main Catalog or under Articles and databases from the Library’s homepage.

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