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NASA's Astro-Venture helps students explore NASA careers and astrobiology research by offering activities that allow them to "search for and build a planet with the necessary characteristics for human habitation." Astro Ferret and NASA scientists guide students through these interactive activities where they make changes to the solar system and see how those changes impact the earth. Designed for...
Environment & Society Portal

From the Rachel Carson Center for the Environment and Society (a non-profit organization created by the University of Munich and the Deutsches Museum) comes the Environment & Society Portal. This portal aims to serve as a "gateway to open-access resources about human participation in, and understandings of, the environment." This rich collection of resources includes archival material, short...
HumaNature Podcast

From Wyoming Public Media comes HumaNature, a podcast sharing "real stories where humans and our habitat meet." Through these audio episodes, and the occasional video, listeners can experience true tales of encounters between people and the natural world that are alternately funny, moving, and thrilling. Recent episodes include "Remembering How To Be Human," in which artist Stephanie Housley moves...
In The News: October 12, 1999: The Day of Six Billion

It took almost all of human history (until 1804) for the Earth's human population to reach one billion. But more recently, during just twelve years, humans increased their numbers by one billion from 1987 to the present. These and other statistics are of supreme interest to scientists and others, as we attempt to predict environmental conditions and biological responses to future population...
LSE Cities: Urban Age

The Urban Age group was initiated by the Cities Programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the Deutsche Bank's Alfred Herrhausen Society. The group's principal aim is "to shape the thinking and practice of urban leaders and sustainable urban development." To accomplish this, they have coalesced around four key themes, which include labour market and work places, public...
National Wildlife Federation: Campus Ecology

This website features the National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology program. This program was established over a decade ago to "assist students, faculty, staff, and administrators in transforming colleges and universities into learning and teaching models of environmental sustainability(...)" and has supported 2,000 campus projects nation-wide. Each year more than 100 schools enroll in the...
Second Nature

Second Nature is a nonprofit organization designed to help colleges and universities make environmental sustainability a "foundation of learning and practice." A basic premise of Second Nature is that "moving society on a sustainable path will require major changes in the process and content of higher education." The newly updated site offers current EFS (Education for Sustainability) resources...
Subject Bibliographies in Environmental Ethics

Timothy C. Weiskel, director of the Harvard Seminar on Environmental Values at the Harvard Divinity School, has provided a massive bibliographic resource for "the facilitat[ion of] interdisciplinary research and public discussion of the ethical issues embedded in the full range of the environmental concerns of our day." The core of the site is a set of twenty-nine bibliographies originally...
The Cultural Landscape Foundation

What is a cultural landscape? This website answers that question, and gives hundreds of wonderful examples for visitors to consider. The link "What are Cultural Landscapes?" explains to visitors that there are four types of cultural landscapes, and they also offer a brief definition of each one. They include "designed" which is intentionally laid according to design principles; "vernacular",...
The Kosovo Conflict: Consequences for the Environment & Human Settlements

The final report of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and UN Center for Human Settlements Balkans Task Force (BTF)(Also discussed in the August 4, 1999, Scout Report for Science & Engineering) on the environmental impact of NATO's bombing campaign in Yugoslavia was released yesterday. The report finds that the heaviest pollution is confined to industrial cities, four of which it...