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Today in History - April 22 - Earth Day

From American Memory

Webcasts: Expert's presentations at the Library of Congress

Links to other organizations

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Poster showing fire, sunset clouds, water and earth as the background, and the slogan,   "There's no place like earth."
NASA's Glen Research Center's logo and slogan for Earth Day


Adventure/Ecological/Learning Vacations - Science Reference Guide

Earth Decade Reading List

Environment - Selected Internet Resources

Environmental Science Projects - Science Tracer Bullet

The Natural History of Lewis and Clark -- Selected Resources - Science Reference Guide

Nature Study, Nature Writing: Past and Present - Science Reference Guide

Rachel Carson: Selected Reading List - Science Reference Guide

Living and working sustainably

Alternative Fuel Vehicles & Combustion Processes - Science Tracer Bullet, (March, 2007)

Batteries, Supercapacitors, and Fuel Cells - Science Tracer Bullet

Desalination - Science Tracer Bullet

Electric Power - A Tracer Bit (Brief Tracer Bullet)

Electric Vehicles - Science Tracer Bullet

Geothermal Energy - Science Tracer Bullet

Green Roofs - Science Tracer Bullet

High Speed Rail Transportation - Science Tracer Bullet

Integrated Pest Management - Science Tracer Bullet (October, 2007)

Pesticides and Foods - Science Tracer Bullet

Solar Energy - Science tracer Bullet (updated March, 2007)

Sustainable Agriculture - Science Tracer Bullet

Urban Transportation - Science Tracer Bullet


Ecosystems: climatology and weather

Cold Regions Bibliography

Climate and Weather - Selected Internet Resources

Global Warming & Climate Change - Science Tracer Bullet

Human Impacts on the Biosphere - A Guide to Selected Resources - Science Reference Guide

Is the old adage "Red sky at night, sailor's delight. Red sky in morning, sailor's warning" true, or is it just an old wives’ tale? - Everyday Mysteries

Why is it hot in the summer and cold in the winter?


Ecosystems: flora and fauna

Bees, Pollination and Climate Change: A Guide to Selected Resources - Science Reference Guide

Biodiversity - Science Tracer Bullet

Bioethics - Science Reference Guide

Botany - Selected Internet Resources

Edible Wild Plants - Science Tracer Bullet

Edible Wild Plants - Science Reference Guide

Ethnobotany of the Americas - Science Tracer Bullet

Integrated Pest Management - Science Tracer Bullet

Horticulture and Gardening - Science Reference Guide

Invasive Species - Science Tracer Bullet

James A. Duke: A Select List of Librarians' Favorite Reference Tools (plants) - Science Reference Guide

Medicinal Plants - Science Tracer Bullet

The Migration of the Monarch Butterfly - Selected Internet Resources

Poisonous Plants - Science Tracer Bullet


Geography and geology

Dinosaurs - Science Tracer Bullet

Earthquake and Earthquake Engineering - Science Tracer Bullet

Geology - Selected Internet Resources

Natural Disasters - Science Reference Guide

Oceanography - Selected Internet Resources.

What are the seven seas? - Everyday Mysteries

Why is the ocean blue? - Everyday Mysteries


For Students

Children's Gardens: A Guide to Selected Resources - Science Reference Guide

Environmental Science Projects - Science Tracer Bullet

Science Projects in Biology - Science Tracer Bullet

School Gardening: A Guide to Selected Resources - Science Reference Guide

School Gardening Activities: A Guide to Selected Resources - Science Reference Guide


From American Memory

Conservation Movement ~ Multiformat ~ 1850-1920 - The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920.

Environment, Natural ~ Photographs ~ 1891-1936 - American Environmental Photographs, 1891-1936: Images from the University of Chicago Library.

Florida Everglades Environmental History ~ Multiformat ~ 1884-1934 - Reclaiming the Everglades: South Florida's Natural History, 1884-1934.



Bob Ryan, the Chief Meteorologist at NBC4 since 1980, spoke about weather forecasting.

"Color in the Herb Garden" - A webcast with Jim Adams, curator of the National Herb Garden at the National Arboretum.

"The Folklore Behind Ecology, or Why Scientists in Ecology Need Help from Folklorists" - Dr. Daniel B. Botkin is a Research Professor at the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Botkin's Web site:

Food Politics, Safe Food, and What to Eat. - Dr. Marion Nestle, NYU professor, author and food industry critic, spoke her two books.

"Herbs in the Garden" - A webcast with Holly Shimizu, the executive director of the United States Botanic Garden.

Honey Bees, Satellites, and Climate Change.” - Wayne Esaias, Ocean Sciences Branch, NASA GSFC.

"Insects and Gardens: In Pursuit of a Garden Ecology" - A Webcast with Dr. Eric Grissell.

"Observing, Fighting, and Mitigating Damage from Fires" - Compton Tucker, Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Laboratory, NASA GSFC, spoke on fire fighting and prevention using satellite imagery.

The Parking Garage and Its Impact on Urban Planning - Shannon McDonald, A.I.A., Senior Architect at the architectural firm of Shannon Sanders McDonald. She spoke about movement issues as related to parking, transportation, environment, architecture, and urban planning.

"Preserving Africa's Threatened Wildlife: Forest Peoples and Indigenous Knowledge". - Alden Almquist, anthropologist, 2003-2004 Kluge Staff Fellow, and Albert Lokasola, President, Vie Sauvage, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

"School Gardens with Constance Carter" - A multimedia presentation with the Head of the Science Research Section at the Library of Congress. Part of the Journeys and Crossings series at the Library of Congress.

"Seashell on the Mountaintop" - Dr. Alan Cutler discusses his book on Nicholaus Steno, the founder of modern geology.

"Social Justice, the Environment and the Ethics of Collaboration" - Various speakers. Sponsored by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress

Sustainable organic agriculture, family farming, direct marketing of foods - Jim Crawford, of New Morning Farm, and Sam Fromartz, author of Organic Inc.: Natural Foods and How They Grew.

"A Tale of Two Gardens" - Dr. James A. Duke. A Webcast with the noted ethnobotanist, expert on medicinal plants, and author.

"Who Left the Freezer Door Open? What the Poles Are Telling Us about Climate Change." - Bob Bindschadler, Chief Scientist, Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC).


Links to other organizations

Celebrate Earth Day - Family-friendly site from the Environmental Protection Agency that explains environmental issues and gives tips on "going green" at home, in your community, at work, at school and while shopping. Also provides a Spanish language version.

Earth Day 2007: Your Health and the Environment - Online resources for teachers and students, from the National Institutes of Health.

Earth Day Network - Founded by the organizers of the first Earth Day in 1970, Earth Day Network (EDN) promotes environmental citizenship and year round progressive action worldwide. - The portal for U.S. Government Events & Information on Earth Day. - EPA's site on types of fuel, improving your fuel economy, comparisons of vehicles, and information on new and future technology.

The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth - From NASA, a huge online collection of astronaut photographs of the Earth.

The Home Energy Saver - An Internet-based tool for calculating energy use in residential buildings.

DSIRE - The Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency was established in 1995. It is an ongoing project of the North Carolina Solar Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

U.S. EPA Celebrates Earth Day - The Environmental Protection Agency covers top stories and other environmental topics in depth.

U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources - Jurisdiction includes energy and mineral resources; fisheries, wildlife and oceans; national parks, forests and public lands; water and power; insular affairs (U.S. territories), and relations with Native Americans and Native American tribes.

U.S Green Building Council (USGBC) - USGBC is composed of more than 13,500 organizations from across the building industry that are working to advance structures that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work.

      The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) - Sponsored by the USGBC, the LEED Green       Building Rating System™ rates buildings for their environmental impact according to universally understood and       accepted tools and performance criteria. LEED certifies buildings have a low "environmental footprint."

U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources - Jurisdiction includes energy resources and development, including regulation, conservation, strategic petroleum reserves and appliance standards; nuclear energy; Indian affairs; public lands and their renewable resources; surface mining, Federal coal, oil, and gas, other mineral leasing; territories and insular possessions; and water resources.

Updated April, 2008

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