Monday, October 20, 2008

Fun with Environmental Resources

We have been discussing lots of economic crisis materials and while there is bound to be all sorts of economic indicators this week and probably even some stock market jumps, but I thought today we could talk about the environment.

There are a couple new resources that have come out in the last few weeks from the United Nations that I wanted to bring to your attention. The first is one of the new titles from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Global Glacier Changes. UNEP produces many publications and while sometimes they are only available for purchase, many of them are available freely online. These online versions often also include dynamic links to additional resources on the topic.

The second resource is the World Database on Protected Areas, a new database on all the protected areas in the world (depending on the provision of data this may be a designation on the local, national, or international level). You can find maps, documentation and much more. For those of you who love to download data this site lets you do that easily and lets you play with it in tools like Google Earth.

Still want more environmental resources? Check out the library's guide.

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