Selected Links

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry is a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, serving a congressional mandate to aid in the investigation into the effects of hazardous substances in the environment on public health. This website provides access to information resources, such as agencies, newsletters, guides, tutorials, special reports, etc., that address topics related to environmental public health. Resources of particular interest are: the Science Corner, a gateway to global environmental health information and resources; the HazDat database, providing information on databases relating to hazardous substance release issues; etc.

Best Environmental Directories (Centre for Economic and Social Studies on the Environment, Université Libre de Bruxelles), a directory of online environmental resources covering more than 500 subjects.

Biodiversity Links, a website of the World Resources Institute. Resources at this site include international and national organizations, universities, and governmental agencies, museums, publications and reports, international  treaties, laws, and agreements, etc.

Biological Conservation Newsletter and Bibliography provides access to the Biological Conservation Bibliography (a searchable database featuring articles on conservation) and the Biological Conservation Newsletter which are both publications of the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institute. Current issues of the newsletter, and a more extensive issue archive, are now available here.

CIESIN (Center for International Earth Science Information Network) was established in 1989 as a non-profit, non-governmental organization to provide information that would help scientists, decision-makers, and the public better understand their changing world. CIESIN specializes in global and regional network development, science data management, decision support, and training, education and technical consultation services.

Congressional Research Service Reports are produced by a subdivision of the Library of Congress for use by the U.S. Congress. A variety of environmental issues are covered as relates to such topics as agriculture, air quality, energy, federal agencies and budgeting, legislation, land management, hazardous wastes, ad so on. The documents are available online through the efforts of NCSE. is a database providing, among other things, a virtual library containing over 1,000 environmental resources arranged alphabetically and by subject.The library includes an index searchable by keyword. Earth Systems is a non-profit organization that works to make environmental information and education resources available to the international community.

Eco-Ethics International Union. The EEIU is a non-profit group interested primarily in developing educational programs for the promotion of ecologically-conscious ethics. The website provides information on the EEIU's mission, organization, membership, and contact information, as well as providing access to its primary publication, the Internet Forum.

EcoNet has made it its mission to support environmental sustainability and environmental justice. This web site provides access to resources on a broad range of environmental topics from conservation to hazardous wastes.

EnviroLink Network in cooperation with Network for Change.

The Environment, Safety and Health Information Portal is maintained by the Technical Information Services (TIS) division of the Department of Energy's Office of Environment, Safety and Health. This comprehensive collection of information services, including a digital library and links to other websites and news events, is primarily designed to provide current information to the Environment, Safety and Health professionals of the Department of Energy.

The European Environment Agency Web Site. The European Environment Agency (EEA) was established in 1993 by the European Union with the mission to "help achieve significant and measurable improvement in Europe's environment." This website provides links to information relevant to the protection and improvement of Europe’s environment, including documents, news articles, environmental networks and databases, and the European Environment Information and
Observation NETwork (EIONET), which serves as the EEA's primary means for environmental data collection.

The National Atlas of the United States. Multimedia and interactive maps are available on this website. Data available includes such topics as forest cover, butterfly species distribution, invasive species distributions, wildlife mortality, and so on.

The National Library for the Environment  provides access to the Population & Environment Linkages database and a Directory of Higher Education Environmental Programs. It also provides links to U.S. Library of Congress reports, contact information for Congress members, maps, online environmental news, and electronic journals. This virtual library is maintained by the National Council for Science and the Environment (formerly the Committee for the National Institute for the Environment). The library's collection includes 630 Congressional Research Service Reports, written on a variety of environmental topics (see the list of new and updated reports).

NATO : Challenges of Modern Society. This site focuses on environmental social issues, giving access to the reports of pilot studies being conducted on such issues as the environmental impact of military activities, water and soil pollution control, and so on.

Network for Change Provides news briefs, articles, educational resources, etc. for the following online communities: Animal Concerns; EnviroLink Network; and Sustainable Business Network.

Our Stolen Future is the official website associated with the book Our Stolen Future, which was written by Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski and  John Peterson Myers. The site addresses the issue of how certain synthetic chemicals, in particular, persistent organic and heavy metal pollutants, interfere with the body's endocrine system, leading to potential disruptions in fertility and fetal development.

Sustainable Business Network in cooperation with Network for Change.

The Sustainable Development Virtual Library is maintained by the Center for Economic and Social Studies on the Environment of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Brussels). This database provides access to an impressive collection of resources pertaining to the development of environmental sustainability, including: electronic documents, journals, search engines, databases and libraries; organizations, discussion groups, and listservers; tools and theoretical models; and so on.

Terms of Environment is a glossary published by the U.S. EPA in order to provide definitions of the common environmental terminology, abbreviations, and acronyms appearing in EPA publications.

The Tree of Life is a multiple-authored website hosted by the College of Agriculture, University of Arizona. This ambitious project presents information about the phylogeny and biodiversity of life on Earth in the form of an evolutionary tree. More specifically, it is a collection of World Wide Web pages, each examining a particular taxonomic group using a number of standard elements, the most important of which is its phylogenetic tree. Additional information is then provided on the taxon's defining characteristics and natural history, on relevant electronic and print references, etc.

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency's  homepage provides access to relevant current events, legal information, databases and software, organization, publications, projects and programs, etc.

The Virtual Library of Ecology and Biodiversity, a division of The Virtual Library Project, specializes in reviewing the educational value of  internet resources relating to ecology and biodiversity. This site is also a component of the Center for Conservation Biology Network (CCBN), working out of Rice University. CCBN's stated mission is: "to help develop the technical means for the protection, maintenance, and restoration of life on this planet - its species, its ecological and evolutionary processes, and its particular and total environment; to help raise awareness, educate, and encourage personal involvement of the public and academics alike." The library is searchable by keyword or by the subject index site map.

The Water Librarians' Home Page. Don't be put off by the title! - this page provides links to water resources available on the Internet, from databases, glossaries, and other reference sources, to federal and law agency homepages.

Back to ESVL Home Page

UILogo-SMt.gif (1618 bytes)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Library Gateway Homepage
Comments to: M. Williams
Updated on: 11/28/2000 MKS, 4/12/1999 WHF