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Environmental Studies Subject Guide

General Information

Encyclopedia of Earth
This new electronic reference about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society was started in 2007. The Encyclopedia is a free, fully searchable collection of articles written by scholars, professionals, educators, and experts who collaborate and review each other's work. The articles are written in non-technical language and will be useful to students, educators, scholars, and professionals.  

EnviroLink Library
"The most comprehensive resource of environmental information available on the Internet.........Information is categorized by types of resources (organizations, publications, etc.) and environmental topics."

Government Resources

Environmental Protection Agency
The homepage has links to the programs, laws and regulations, offices and labs, and databases of the EPA plus pages directed to serve the interest of researcher and scientists, concerned citizens, teachers, and students.

Energy Information Administration
Selected energy statistics compiled by the EIA, the statistical branch of the US Department of Energy -- covers petroleum, natural gas, coal, nuclear, electricity, alternate fuels, and renewable sources of energy.

NASA's Global Change Master Directory
Searchable descriptions of data sets relating to global change research -- provides abstracts on the data, but not the data itself.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
From biomass to wind, this provides information and research results in important renewable energy areas.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
The TCEQ is the lead environmental agency for the state.

Transportation Research Information Services (TRIS)
Searchable collection of 19,000 environmental impact statements, supported by the Transportation Research Board.

Water Issues

Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center
This is the home page for the Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center which is located at Texas State University in San Marcos. It provides information on the Edwards Aquifer, which is the water source for the entire San Antonio area. There are links to general background information and statistics on water usage and recharge, as well as links to the USGS streamflow data for surface water information.
This site from the National Integrated Drought Information System monitors U.S. drought conditions, provides forecasts, and indicates how drought impacts specific areas as well as what mitigation measures may exist.

Universities Council on Water Resources
The Council's site provides access to information related to education, research, and public service in water resources.

Humans and the Environment

Environmental Literacy in America (2005)
A 2005 report from the National Environmental Education & Training Foundation (NEETF) reflecting 10 years of NEEFT/Roper research on environmental literacy in the U.S.

UT-LANIC (University of Texas Latin American Network Information Center)
Includes extensive Internet links on the indigenous populations of Latin America with additional information on environmentally sound development in each country.

World Wide Web Virtual Library: Indigenous Studies
From the Center for World Indigenous Studies, this provides a
starting point for internet research on indigenous peoples worldwide.

Journal of Political Ecology
JPE is a peer reviewed journal begun in 1994 that welcomes submissions in English, French and Spanish from a broad range of disciplines and hopes to encourage research into the linkages between political economy and human environmental impacts. It is provided free and supported by the Political Ecology Society (PESO). 

Earth from Space

Earth from Space by NASA Earth Observatory via Flickr ( with a CC BY 2.0 license