Environment, Climate, & Weather

Climate and Climate Change

5 Things You Need to Know About Climate Change
Bill Nye boils down the basic facts surrounding climate change, and why the rate at which our planet is changing is so important. A tie-in from National Geographic. (October 2015)
Arctic Report Card
An annual report from the NOAA (National Oceananic and Atmospheric Administration) [t]racking recent environmental changes relative to historical records.
Climate Central
An independent organization of leading scientists and journalists researching and reporting the facts about our changing climate and its impact on the public.
Climate Change in Google Earth
With Google Earth you can view climate change scenarios, interact with narrated tours, investigate deforestation, and even dive into the depths of the oceans.
Climate Feedback
Climate Feedback is a worldwide network of scientists sorting fact from fiction in climate change media coverage. Our goal is to help readers know which news to trust.
Climate Institute
Climate.org seeks to provide reliable information on climate change, energy and the environment. The site is regularly updated with recent news and articles.
A grassroots online community that unites hundreds of organizations and volunteers around the world with millions of people in more than 150 countries. EnviroLink is dedicated to providing comprehensive, up-to-date environmental information and news.
EPA.gov: Climate Change Indicators in the United States
EPA partners with more than 40 data contributors from various government agencies, academic institutions, and other organizations to compile a key set of indicators related to the causes and effects of climate change.
EPA.gov: Climate Change Research
EPA research improves knowledge of the health and environment effects of climate change and provides sustainable solutions for communities to effectively manage and reduce the impacts of a changing climate.
Integrating federal research on global change and climate change.
Global Warming Basics: What Has Changed?
Perhaps the most basic question for a lot of people is “What has changed?” Has climate changed already? In what way? … What’s been going on, really? Let’s take a look. (March 2016)
I See Change
iSeeChange is empowering communities to observe how weather and climate affect their environment. They offer tools, including a mobile app, whereby students and others can contribute their observations to common databases.
NASA: Climate Change
Includes news, articles, graphics and media, blogs, and other information on climate change. Includes RSS and Twitter feeds.
NASA: Climate Kids
Activities, information (‘Big Questions’), and videos on climate change.
National Centers for Environmental Information
NCEI …is responsible for preserving, monitoring, assessing, and providing public access to the Nation’s treasure of climate and historical weather data and information.
National Geographic: Climate Change
Articles from National Geographic about climate change, how we know it’s happening, and what the effects are.
National Geographic: What is Global Warming
An article discussing the causes and effects of climate change. (Jan. 2019)
News and Articles:
NOAA Climate.gov
NOAA Climate.gov is a source of timely and authoritative scientific data and information about climate. Includes articles, news, maps, fact sheets, and more.
NOAA Climate Education Resources
Understanding climatic processes and the resulting impacts of a changing climate are important as every living organism on Earth is affected.
NOAA: State of the Climate
The State of the Climate is a collection of monthly summaries recapping climate-related occurrences on both a global and national scale. From NOAA, this also includes a year-end summary.
Warming World: Snaps from Space (images)
Flood. Drought. Heat waves. Ice melt. The impact of a warming world is being manifested in a variety of ways, and we can see it from space. Browse through our gallery of pictures taken by NASA satellites looking down at planet Earth.
We broke down what climate change will do, region by region
Yeah, we read each chapter of the National Climate Assessment so you don’t have to…. Here’s the thing: Not all regions in the U.S. are going to experience climate change in the same way. Discusses the effects of climate change on each area of the U.S. (The Grist, Nov. 2018)
WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate
Every year, WMO issues a Statement on the State of the Global Climate based on data provided by National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) and other national and international organizations.
xkcd: Earth Temperature Timeline
Timeline showing the average temperatures over the last 20,000 years, with comments on natural and historical events during the period.

Endangered Species

26 of the most endangered animals in America While our planet boasts incredible biodiversity, 99.9% of species that have ever existed on Earth are now extinct. Of the remaining 8.7 million plant and animal species, 23,000 are considered to be threatened with extinction…. (Insider, May 2019)Animal Planet: Endangered SpeciesArticles, pictures, and videos from the Animal Planet channel.Biodiversity HotspotsAn article on biodiversity loss from a class at Penn State.Center for Biological DiversityActivism site with information about endangered species around the world.Defenders of Wildlife: WildlifeInformation about the current status of various endangered species.Earth’s Endangered CreaturesEarth’s Endangered Creatures lists endangered plants and animals of the world that are threatened with extinction. It is split into 11 parts–seven of which are the seven continents of our planet and also an Oceanic, Middle East, and Central America category.Ecology Global Network: Endangered SpeciesPart of the section on species from this site looking at ecology worldwide.EDGE of Existence: Evolutionarily Distinct & Globally EndangeredEDGE species are truly one of a kind. If they disappear there will be nothing similar left on the planet. Two-thirds are receiving little or no conservation attention. Help save these remarkable species.Endangered EarthThe purpose of the Endangered Earth websites is to ‘Put a Face on Extinction’. Through images, video and text, the Endangered Earth websites work to provide up to date and compelling content that reflects the tragic situation many species… face.Endangered Species InternationalWe develop cutting-edge conservation science, implement this research in field projects around the world, and then link both research and results to local, national, and global policy by convening dialogues between governments, civil society and the private sector.Explore the Biodiversity HotspotsInformation from CEPF (Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) on places where biodiversity is critically endangered, and their work in those places.GEOG-30N: Environment and Society in a Changing WorldOnline materials from a college class examining relationships between human activities and the physical environment.Half of Our Planet’s Wildlife is Gone. Here’s WhyEvery couple years, the WWF assesses the status of 10,380 representative populations of 3,038 mammal, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. What they report this year is that compared with 1970, those populations have declined by half. That might seem like an unbelievable figure, but here’s how they arrived at that statistic… (Gizmodo, Oct. 2014)Invasive Species 101 (video)Invasive species cost the global economy over a trillion dollars each year. Find out how these non-native organisms are introduced into an ecosystem, how they impact local communities, and which measures can be taken to help prevent the introduction of invasive species. From National Geographic. (June 2019)IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesIUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. It supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world … and among other things, publishes an ever-updated list of threatened species around the globe.National Geographic: Encyclopedia: Endangered SpeciesNational Geographic: Resource Library: Endangered SpeciesArticles, images, and videos about endangered species worldwide.One million species at risk of extinction, UN report warnsThe bonds that hold nature together may be at risk of unraveling from deforestation, overfishing, development, and other human activities, a landmark United Nations report warns. Thanks to human pressures, one million species may be pushed to extinction in the next few years, with serious consequences for human beings as well as the rest of life on Earth. (May 2019)National Wildlife Federation: Wildlife GuideNational Wildlife Federation inspires Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future. The wildlife gallery highlights declining and endangered animal species, primarily in North America.NatureServeThe NatureServe Network empowers people to sustain biodiversity by making sure everyone has access to the knowledge they need to be better stewards of our shared lands and waters. We serve as an authoritative source of comprehensive, decision-quality biodiversity data. Includes Species and Ecosystems information on endangered species and other plants and animals. and NatureServe: Explorer encyclopedia of North American plants and animals.New Scientist: ConservationArticles, pictures, facts, links, and more.NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation: List of Endangered, Threatened and Special Concern Fish & Wildlife Species of New York StateThose endangered species … which are found, have been found, or may be expected to be found in New York State include…New York Times: Humans Are Speeding Extinction and Altering the Natural World at an ‘Unprecedented’ PaceHumans are transforming Earth’s natural landscapes so dramatically that as many as one million plant and animal species are now at risk of extinction, posing a dire threat to ecosystems that people all over the world depend on for their survival, a sweeping new United Nations assessment has concluded. (May 2019)TED-Ed: The Threat of Invasive Species (video)Massive vines that blanket the southern United States, climbing high as they uproot trees and swallow buildings. A ravenous snake that is capable of devouring an alligator. Rabbit populations that eat themselves into starvation. These aren’t horror movie concepts – they’re real stories. But how could such situations exist in nature? Jennifer Klos gives the facts on invasive species. (May 2016)U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: Endangered SpeciesNews and information about endangered species in the United States.World Wildlife FundIncludes information on Endangered Species, trade in endangered species. climate change, and related topics.

Endangered Species Act

Federal Efforts to Ensure Biodiversity: The Endangered Species Act
Video and article explaining the history of the Endangered Species Act and how it is enforced.
A Pathfinder to the Endangered Species Act of 1973
A legal reference to the Endangered Species Act.
Slideshow: If You’ve Seen These Birds, Thank the Endangered Species Act
From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, a slideshow showing just some of the birds the Act has helped turn around.
In the News

Environment and Ecology

Earth Day
Encyclopedia of Earth
News, articles, pictures, videos, and further resources pertaining to Earth Science, the environment, climate, geography, pollution, energy, and a multitide of related topics.
EnviroLink Network
EnviroLink is dedicated to providing comprehensive, up-to-date environmental information and news.
Environmental News Network
News about environment, ecology, pollution, sustainability, climate change, and related topics. Includes article links, commentary, newsletters, radio, photogallery and more.
EPA.gov (Environmental Protection Agency)
The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.
Exploring Environment History Podcast
Exploring Environmental History is the podcast about human societies and the environment in the past. This series looks at how environment and climate have affected human society and history, and vice versa.
Grist: Environmental News
Grist has been dishing out environmental news and commentary with a wry twist since 1999 — which, to be frank, was way before most people cared about such things. Now that green is in every headline … Grist is the one site you can count on to help you make sense of it all.
The Habitable Planet
What makes Earth unique among the planets? Explore the natural functions of Earth’s systems and Earth’s ability to sustain life. This is an online course from Annenberg Learner.
NASA Earth Observatory
A freely-accessible publication on the Internet where the public can obtain new satellite imagery and scientific information about our home planet. The focus is on Earth’s climate and environmental change.
NASA Earth Observatory – Global Maps
Collection of maps NASA has published in recent years, showing Snow Cover, Sea Surface Temperature, Land Surface Temperature, Vegetation, Carbon Monoxide, Total Rainfall, and more.
National Geographic: Environment
National Geographic Education: Resource Library: Environment
Articles, images, and video provide information about a range of issues.
National Invasive Species Information Center (NISIC)
Learn about the impacts of invasive species and the [U.S.] Federal government’s response, as well as read select species profiles and find links to agencies and organizations dealing with invasive species issues.
Nature Conservancy
A conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.
Nature Soundmap
Nature Soundmap is a non-profit project aimed at sharing nature’s most beautiful & inspiring sounds. Through our website, we hope to raise awareness of threatened habitats & endangered species, and provide a valuable resource for schools, educators and conservation organizations.
New York Times: Climate and Environment
Climate and environmental news for the U.S. and the world.
NOAA: National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration
NOAA works to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts, to share that knowledge and information with others… Their site includes tons of information on climate, weather-related disasters, the atmosphere, and the oceans. Sections include the National Centers for Environmental Information among other offerings.
Rainforests 101 (video)
Rainforests are home to over half of the world’s plant and animal species. Learn about tropical and temperate rainforests, how they contribute to the global ecosystem, and the conservation efforts being done to protect these biomes. From National Geographic.
Resource Watch features hundreds of data sets all in one place on the state of the planet’s resources and citizens. Users can visualize challenges facing people and the planet, from climate change to poverty, water risk to state instability, air pollution to human migration, and more.
Science Daily: Earth and Climate News
View all the latest top news and top videos in the environmental sciences by headline or topic browse.
The Story of Stuff video
The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. In addition to the original 2007 video, a new series of additional short videos on related topics are also available on this site.
United Nations Environment Programme
Its online database holds more than 500 different variables, as national, subregional, regional and global statistics or as geospatial data sets (maps), covering themes like Freshwater, Population, Forests, Emissions, Climate, Disasters, Health and GDP. Also offers a nice set of infographic posters.
Web Directory: Earth’s Biggest Environment Search Engine
Extensive database of sites with information relating to environmental concerns.

Green Living and Sustainability

Broome County Recycling Program
Recycling Quick Guide shows some of the most basic and common materials we do accept and a few of the contaminates many mistakenly place in their recycling bin. For further information on specific substances, check the Recycling and Reuse Guide.
Building Green
From a company for building professionals interested in building green, this site has some informative articles in its Knowledge Base.
Carbon Footprint Calculators
Corporate Knights
Corporate Knights promotes ‘Clean Capitalism’ and sustainable development in business.
Eat Well Guide
Free online database for finding fresh, locally grown and sustainably produced food in the United States and Canada. Listings range from stores, to farms, to restaurants, to local bakers and butchers, and visitors can search by location, keyword or category.
EPA: Greener Living
Our actions impact the environment. Each thing we do can help or hurt our planet in many ways. EPA has tools to help you learn and understand the issues and help you reduce your environmental footprint.
EPA: Pollution Prevention
Pollution prevention (P2) is any practice that reduces, eliminates, or prevents pollution at its source…
EPA: Sustainability
This site provides information on scores of EPA programs supporting sustainability that focus on the Built Environment; Water, Ecosystems & Agriculture; Energy; and Materials & Toxics on sustainability near you, and on how you can help.
Exactly What Every Plastic Recycling Symbol Actually Means
While the universal plastic resin symbol (three chasing arrows forming a triangle) remains the same, the numbers one through seven inside make a significant difference. FYI: Just because a product has the chasing arrows symbol, doesn’t mean it’s recyclable — it’s just an indicator of the type of plastic. Find out more about what the symbols mean and how to deal with each type of material.
Food Waste
Forbes: Who Are The 100 Most Sustainable Companies Of 2020?
Forbes looks at the World Economic Forum’s annual report. (Jan. 2020)
Global Publicly Disclosed Product Carbon Footprints
This is a chart showing the side-by-side carbon footprints of 866 products from 145 companies in 28 countries. Select from one of your favorite companies, hover your mouse on a product, and explore the many ingenious ways to make better products with less emissions. (For years 2013-2017.)
Good Guide
GoodGuide provides the world’s largest and most reliable source of information on the health, environmental, and social impacts of the products in your home.
Good Housekeeping: Green Living
Practical tips on how to be more eco friendly in your daily life.
Guide Guide Scorecard: the Pollution Information Site
Get an in-depth pollution report for your county, covering air, water, chemicals, and more. Includes some general information about pollution.
Green Living
Articles and information from Green America magazine.
Greenwashing is when companies try to make their products sound healthier or more eco-friendly than they really are. Here’s some more information about it:

How Stuff Works: Green Living
Confused about what green means? Find out how your personal choices can affect the world we live in. Whether you’re dining or driving, we’ll show you how to be more eco-friendly.
Measuring progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are targets for global development adopted in September 2015, set to be achieved by 2030. Here we present data across all available indicators from the Our World in Data database tracking progress towards these goals around the world.
National Geographic: Sustainability
This collection contains a selection of content from NG Education about sustainability.
The Recycling Center
A Google Maps mashup allowing users to enter their ZIP Code and see a map of local recycling centers.
Rethink Recycling
Information about reducing waste at home and away.
Scientific American – Sustainability
New and older articles from Scientific American magazine.
Skin Deep – Cosmetics Database
EWG’s Skin Deep database gives you practical solutions to protect yourself and your family from everyday exposures to chemicals. … Now in its eighth year, EWG’s Skin Deep database provides you with easy-to-navigate safety ratings for a wide range of products and ingredients on the market.
Tips for Living Green
Your environmental impact is affected by your personal choices in energy and water consumption, waste disposal, transportation, food, and more. Learn how to live sustainably and reduce your footprint.
Top 11 Tips for Sustainable Eating
What you choose to put on your plate can make the most powerful impact on your personal environmental footprint.
What Is Sustainability and Why Is It Important?
Short discussion of sustainability from a site about careers for those involved with environmental science.


Animated Guide: Hurricanes
A feature about hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones from BBC News. (June 2005)
How Hurricanes Work
Discusses the lifecycle and anatomy of a hurricane, as well as the methods we use to classify and track these ultimate storm systems as they hurtle across the globe.
Hurricane Central
Hurricane forecasts, hurricane information, hurricane tracker and tropical storm information, updates and alerts with projected paths, maps, and hurricane video… From The Weather Channel.
Hurricane Preparedness
Good overview of what to do in case of an oncoming storm.
Hurricane Sandy: An Unprecedented Disaster
An extensive look at Hurricane Sandy, why it was so bad, and its disastrous imact on the East Coast. (Scientific American, November 2012)
NASA: Hurricanes and Tropical Storms
Information, images, archives about current and recent hurricanes.
National Hurricane Center
Information, images, statistics, preparedness, a Frequently Asked Questions page and more from NOAA.
NOAA: Education: Hurricanes
Collection of articles and multimedia about hurricanes, including how they form and what they do, plus tracking and history data.
Typhoon, Hurricane, Cyclone: What’s the Difference?
If you’ve never lived in Asia, you might be wondering what it feels like to experience a typhoon. But if you’ve ever survived a hurricane or cyclone, you already know the answer. (National Geographic, October 2013)


10 Facts You Want to Know about Tornadoes
Facts amd figures about tornadoes. (Scientific American, April 2011)
NOAA: Tornadoes
Discusses how tornadoes form and the impact they can have.
Three Myths about Surviving a Tornado
What should you do when you hear a tornado warning and have only minutes to act? Our friends at AccuWeather.com have produced this short (1:15) video explaining common misconceptions. In summary, to stay safe, seek the lowest ground in a shelter, such as the basement of your home, and stay away from windows and entrances. (Scientific American, April 2011)
Tornado Facts and Information
The winds from these natural disasters wreak havoc on whatever they touch. Information and video from National Geographic.
Tornado Safety
This website is designed to teach you how to stay safe when a tornado threatens. If you know what to do before, during and after a tornado, you will minimize your risk of injury and increase your chances of survival. You’ll also find links to research, past events other topics of interest as well as downloadable safety handouts about thunderstorms, lightning, and tornadoes. From the National Weather Service.
Tornadoes strike again. How do they work?
General overview from The Why Files.

Weather (general)

Cloud Atlas
This site should help you to classify clouds by giving you descriptions and a lot of pictures and movies of the different cloud forms.
Earth: a global map of wind, weather, and ocean conditions
See current wind, weather, ocean, and pollution conditions, as forecast by supercomputers, on an interactive animated map. Updated every three hours.
Jetstream: An Online Weather School
Welcome to JetStream, the National Weather Service Online Weather School. This site is designed to help educators, emergency managers, or anyone interested in learning about weather and weather safety.
Let It Snow! The Science of Winter
Snow – that icon of winter – blankets the land with a beautiful silence. Love it, hate it, we all depend on snow. From the National Science Foundation.
National Centers for Environmental Information
NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) is responsible for preserving, monitoring, assessing, and providing public access to the Nation’s treasure of climate and historical weather data and information.
National Geographic: Natural Disasters
Some of the worst natural disasters ever recorded have occurred in the past century and were captured in these powerful still and moving images.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has an excellent webpage about weather, climate, and ocean matters. NOAA’s tasks include daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce.
Severe Weather 101
Thunderstorms, tornadoes, floods, lightning, hail, damaging winds, and winter weather: this site explains what they are, where they come from, how they’re forecast, and more.
Weather Channel “Immersive Mixed-Reality” videos
The Weather Channel uses special effects to put reporters in the middle of a flash flood, tornado, wildfire, and other events.
Weather Spark
“The Typical Weather Anywhere on Earth Get monthly, daily, and hourly graphical reports. Great for event and trip planning!” Choose Celsius or Fahrenheit scale. Offers choice of several languages.
Weather Systems & Patterns
The local weather that impacts our daily lives results from large global patterns in the atmosphere caused by the interactions of solar radiation, Earth’s large ocean, diverse landscapes, and motion in space. An education resource from NOAA.
World Meteorological Organization
A United Nations Specialized Agency Working together in Weather, Climate and Water.

Weather Forecasts

Local, national, and world forecasts and weather watch. Includes articles, blogs, videos, radar maps, and more.
Britannica: Weather Forecasting
Describes the history and methods of weather forecasting.
Forecast Advisor
Offers a 5-day forecast and will provide links to your city’s weather forecast at all the other weather forecasters, so you can compare… them.
National Weather Service
The National Weather Service (NWS) provides weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas….
Online site of The Weather Channel.
Weather Underground
Regional, national, or international weather in many languages, local satellite views, temperature, pressure, humidity, etc. in English or metric measurements.
World Weather Information Service
This global web site presents OFFICIAL weather observations, weather forecasts and climatological information for selected cities supplied by National Meteorological & Hydrological Services (NMHSs) worldwide.

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