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Find annotated links to the major themes of sustainable development, which include helpful materials related to geographic learning. 
 

Biodiversity
Climate Change
Energy
Food Production and Agriculture
Forests
Fresh Water Supply and Health
Mountains
Poverty Reduction
Rural Development
Urbanization


For more, please also see the My Community, Our Earth Student Guide which includes recommended resources for each of the sustainable development themes. The Teacher Guide also contains resource recommendations. (Teachers: Download MyCOE Posters about the Scientific Method to print and post in your classroom, size 8.5 x 14; also El Método Científico available in Spanish.)

Biodiversity-

United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre
The UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre provides information for policy and action to conserve the living world.

People, Land Management, and Environmental Change
Established by the United Nations University, the goal of PLEC is to develop sustainable and participatory approaches to conservation, especially biodiversity, within small farmers' agricultural systems and in participation with the farmers.

Forest Conservation Portal
A vast collection of rain forest, forest, and biodiversity conservation news and information.

World Resources Institute
An environmental think tank that provides a portal to a wide variety of environmental information.

United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Earth Sciences
Explore Earth's air, land, seas, climate, and natural hazards to learn more about our home planet and understand how other planetary systems may work.

U.S. Geological Survey North American Breeding Bird Survey
Data, maps, results, and analysis on the migration, diversity, and breeding success of North American bird populations for 1966-2000.

U.S. Geological Survey Biological Resources
The U.S. National Biological Information Infrastructure provides access to a plethora of data and information on the nation's biological resources.

National Resources Conservation Service Technical Resources
Maps and databases on soil, water and climate, plants for conservation, and other subjects available from this unit of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

World Conservation Monitoring Centre
In addition to monitoring climate and habitat, the program addresses the relationship between trade and the environment and the wider aspects of biodiversity assessment.

U.S. Department of the Interior U.S.-Mexico Border Field Coordination Committee
The site addresses natural and cultural resources along the border as well as issues such as habitat conservation. Aerial photos and maps are available.

Global Land Cover
Land cover data for the entire globe as well as various regions is available from the Earth Resources Observation Systems Data Center of the United States Geological Survey (USGS EROS).

My Community, Our Earth Geography Digital Learning Adventure

Guided by the character Flora in Central America, use this entertaining and inspirational online outreach tool to enhance geographic understanding of biodiversity.

MyCOE Student Project Guide Biodiversity Chapter

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Climate Change-

 

This NSF-funded collection of 500 vetted, digital materials on climate and energy concepts includes: 

  • learning activities
  • visualizations & animations
  • videos 

These materials are suitable for biology, chemistry, Earth science, env. science, physics, math, and engineering courses.  Only those materials accepted by our review panels of scientists and educators are posted.  


 

UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Center
The center provides information for policy and action to conserve the living world.

U.S. Global Change Research Information Office
The U.S. Global Change Research Information Office provides access to data and information on climate change research.

World Meteorological Organization
The World Meteorological Organization coordinates global scientific activities from weather prediction to air pollution research, climate change–related activities, ozone layer depletion studies, and tropical storm forecasting.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assesses the scientific, technical, and socioeconomic information relevant for the understanding of the risk of human–induced climate change.

U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change
Information on climate issues and ongoing international climate–related negotiations.

U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Geostationary Satellite Server
Real–time and near real–time satellite views of cloud cover and major weather events from NOAA..

U.S. NOAA Operational Significant Event Imagery
High–resolution, detailed imagery of significant environmental events such as floods, dust storms, fires, and cyclones visible in NOAA remotely sensed data.

U.S.NOAA Space Physics Interactive Data Resource

Access space physics data (including the popular Nighttime Lights of the World) designed for integration with environment models and space weather forecasts.

U.S. NOAA Eye Art Gallery
Satellite images of hurricanes, cyclones, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and other weather phenomena.

U.S. NOAA Weather Information Network

A window on local, national, and global weather conditions. Access live weather–related satellite images.

U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Earth Sciences
Explore Earth's air, land, seas, climate, and natural hazards to learn more about our home planet and understand how other planetary systems may work on this NASA site.

U.S.NASA Scientific Visualization Studio
A gallery of stunning graphic visualizations on subjects from floods to hurricanes and astronomy to urbanization. The images were created to promote a greater understanding of earth and space science research activities.

Natural Resources Conservation Services
Maps and databases on soil, water and climate, plants for conservation, and other subjects from NRCS.

Nationmaster
Nationmaster is a massive central data source and a handy way to graphically compare nations with maps, graphs, and statistics.

Vital Climate Graphics: The Impacts of Climate Change
An authoritative book on climate change, focused on causes, impacts, and mitigation of climate change.

World Conservation Monitoring Centre
In addition to monitoring climate and habitat, the program addresses the relationship between trade and the environment and the wider aspects of biodiversity assessment.

International Institute for Sustainable Development
Information on sustainable development in relation to international trade and investment, economic policy, climate change, measurement and indicators, and natural resource management.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Graphics
Graphs for 35 countries show actual (1990–1999) and projected (2000, 2010) emissions of the six greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), and sulphur hexafluoride (SF6).

MyCOE Student Project Guide Climate Change Chapter

Energy-

World Meteorological Organization 
The World Meteorological Organization coordinates global scientific activities from weather prediction to air pollution research, climate change–related activities, ozone layer depletion studies, and tropical storm forecasting.

Agenda 21: The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development
Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally, and locally by organizations of the United Nations system, governments, and major groups in every area in which humans impact the environment.

World Resource Institute
An environmental think tank that provides a portal to a wide variety of environmental information.

U.S. NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Earth Sciences
Explore Earth's air, land, seas, climate, and natural hazards to learn more about our home planet and understand how other planetary systems may work.

UNEP Global Environment Outlook
Reviews environmental conditions around the world, region by region, and analyzes the effects on the environment caused by changes in the economy, population growth, and political organizations.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Graphics
Graphs for 35 countries show actual (1990–1999) and projected (2000, 2010) emissions of the six greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), and sulphur hexafluoride (SF6).

United Nations Renewable Energy
Lists issues, case studies, and partnerships around renewables.

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership is an active, global public-private partnership that was launched by the United Kingdom along with other partners at the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development.

Nationmaster
Nationmaster is a massive central data source and a handy way to graphically compare nations with maps, graphs, and statistics.

My Community, Our Earth Geography Digital Learning Adventure
Guided by the character Danso in Africa, use this entertaining and inspirational online outreach tool to enhance geographic understanding of energy.

Digital Climate and Energy Teaching Resources for Grades 6 - 16 (Free)


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Food Production and Agriculture-

2007 Census of Agriculture
Maps and statistical information on U.S. agriculture.

Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas
Good primer and links on permaculture (sustainable farming). Concepts and resources relevant to alternative farming systems.

AAAS Atlas of Population and Environment
The American Association for the Advancement of Science Atlas of Population and Environment is an important analysis of the relationships between human population and the environment.

Famine Early Warning System Project
Focused on Africa, the site attempts to provide information to decision makers to head off potential famines. Maps and data are provided in the Resources and Toolkit section.

Farming First
Farming First is a coalition of multi-stakeholder organisations that exists to articulate, endorse and promote practical, actionable programmes and activities to further sustainable agricultural development worldwide. Farming First highlights the importance of improving farmers’ livelihoods and agriculture’s potential contribution to global issues such as food security, climate change, and biodiversity.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N. GeoNetwork
Search for maps and data by keyword, region, and country.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N. Global Terrestrial Observation System
Observations, modeling, and analysis of terrestrial ecosystems to support sustainable development.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N. Hunger Portal
Maps, data, reports and other information about hunger and food insecurity around the world.

Global Land Cover
Land cover data for the entire globe as well as various regions is available from the U.S. Geological Survey Earth Resources Observation Systems Data Center.

International Institute for Sustainable Development
Information on sustainable development in relation to international trade and investment, economic policy, climate change, measurement and indicators, and natural resource management.

Living in the Biosphere: Production, Pattern, Population, and Diversity
A teaching module designed for use in upper level high school or introductory college courses focused on human–environment relationships.

Nationmaster
Nationmaster is a massive central data source and a handy way to graphically compare nations with maps, graphs, and statistics.

Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development
Agriculture and rural development directories and resources from around the world.

People, Land Management, and Environmental Change
Established by the United Nations University, the goal of PLEC is to develop sustainable and participatory approaches to conservation, especially biodiversity, within small farmers' agricultural systems and in participation with the farmers.

PovertyNet
PovertyNet is a World Bank Web site developed to provide resources for people and organizations working to understand and alleviate poverty.

Sustainable Development Dimensions
Access to U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization reports on sustainable development through a searchable index (by theme and keyword). The site also explains international conventions and agreements related to sustainable development.

Sustainable Development International
A showcase of sustainability case studies, technical and strategic articles that provide the theory on how to solve the problems in the field, and details of who to work with in solving these problems.

U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization Sustainable Development Department
Assessments of the activities of the Sustainable Development Department, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service Crop Maps
USDA maps by county of yields from 2000 for 23 different agricultural crops.

U.S. Department of Agricutlure National Agricultural Statistics Service
Statistical information and online databases for U.S. agriculture.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service
Information, maps, and data on the conservation of natural resources from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

World Resource Institute
An environmental think tank that provides a portal to a wide variety of environmental information.

MyCOE Student Project Guide Food Production Chapter

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Forests-


UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Program
The UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre provides information for policy and action to conserve the living world.

Forest Conservation Portal
A vast collection of rain forest, forest, and biodiversity conservation news and information.

New York Times Changing Forests
A nice visualization of the state of forests around the world.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service Library
Maps, data, and other information for lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service.

Global Land Cover
Land cover data for the entire globe as well as various regions is available from the USGS EROS Data Center.

MyCOE Student Project Guide Deforestation Chapter

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Fresh Water Suppy and Health-

Fresh Water Ecosystems
A Missouri Botanical Garden and Evergreen project.

Water in the 21st Century
Water issues from the point of view of the Asian Development Bank.

The World's Water
General information on the world's water resources.

World Meteorological Organization
The World Meteorological Organization coordinates global scientific activities from weather prediction to air pollution research, climate change–related activities, ozone layer depletion studies, and tropical storm forecasting.

U.S. NOAA Geostationary Satellite Server
Real–time and near real–time satellite views of cloud cover and major weather events.

U.S. NOAA National Ocean Service MapFinder
Find NOS images and data including aerial photography, nautical charts, coastal survey maps, environmental sensitivity index atlases, hydrographic surveys, historical maps, and estuarine bathymetry data.

U.S. NPAA Operational Significant Event Imagery
High–resolution, detailed imagery of significant environmental events such as floods, dust storms, fires, and cyclones visible in NOAA remotely sensed data.

U.S. NOAA Space Physics Interactive Data Resource
Access space physics data (including the popular Nighttime Lights of the World) designed for integration with environment models and space weather forecasts.

U.S. NOAA Satellite's Eye Art Gallery
Satellite images of hurricanes, cyclones, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and other weather phenomena.

U.S. NOAA Interactive Weather Information Network
A window on local, national, and global weather conditions. Access live weather–related satellite images.

U.S. Geological Survey National Water Conditions
View stream flow, water levels, and acid rain information for the USGS and individual states.

USGS Water Resources of the United States

Track groundwater and surface water quality and contamination with real–time reports and access to GIS water resource data sets.

U.S. EPA Surf Your Watershed
Explore watersheds by physical region rather than political region.

U.S. EPA Better Assessment Science Integrating Point and Nonpoint Sources
Watershed data for the 48 conterminous states. Data can be downloaded for free.

U.S. Department of the Interior U.S.–Mexico Border Field Coordination Committee
The site addresses natural and cultural resources along the border as well as issues such as habitat conservation. Aerial photos and maps are available.

Health and Disease Sustainable Development International
A showcase of sustainability case studies, technical and strategic articles that provide the theory on how to solve the problems in the field, and details of who to work with in solving these problems.

Global Network for Geospatial Health
GIS network on snail–borne infections with special reference to schistosomiasis.

Centers for Disease Control, National Center for Health Statistics
Access current or past reports on Public Health GIS News and Information, selected maps, a calendar of GIS and related events, and links to related sites.

Pan–American Health Organization
The regional office for the Americas of the World Health Organization. The site includes information, publications, and databases on Pan–American health issues.

U.N. World Health Organization
Defining health as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well–being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, WHO offers a myriad of information and publications about environment–related health issues.

Nationmaster
Nationmaster is a massive central data source and a handy way to graphically compare nations with maps, graphs, and statistics.

MyCOE Student Project Guide Fresh Water Supply Chapter

MyCOE Student Project Guide Health and Disease Chapter

MyCOE Collection of Resources on Water in Central America

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Mountains-

International Center for Integrated Mountain Development
This ICIMOD series of field studies of agriculture in the Hindu Kush–Himalayan region documenting the ongoing challenges of the transition from traditional cereal crop farming to high–value cash crops such as fruits and vegetables.

Mountain Forum
The Mountain Forum uses modern and traditional communications, supports networking and capacity building and encourages members to be proactive in advocating sustainable development of mountain areas.

The Mountain Institute
The Mountain Institute empowers communities that call mountains home, working toward sustainability around the world.

Commission on Mountain Response to Global Change of the International Geographical Union (IGU)
This Commission is a study group producing case studies focused on natural and cultural diversity in mountain regions.

Mountain Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers

This Specialty Group fosters communication, promote basic and applied research, enhance education, and encourage service related to mountain peoples and mountain environments and their interactions.

Mountain Research Initiative
The Mountain Research Initiative is a multidisciplinary scientific organization that addresses global change issues in mountain regions around the world.

MyCOE Student Project Guide Mountain Development Center

 

MyCOE Mountain Projects

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Poverty Reduction-

PovertyNet
PovertyNet is a World Bank Web site developed to provide resources for people and organizations working to understand and alleviate poverty.

American FactFinder
Maps and information from the U.S. Census 2000 with complete subject and geographic coverage for FactFinder data sets.

Population Reference Bureau
Click DataFinder for statistics on 85 demographic variables for 221 countries, 28 world regions and subregions, the world as a whole, and the United States.

Census 2000 TIGER/Line Data
Information from the 1990 and 2000 censuses. Geographic and population/housing data for every county of the United States can be downloaded for free.

U.N. Development Programme Partnerships to Fight Poverty
This site introduces the Sustainable Livelihoods approach in some detail and attempts to redefine development in terms of exploring what poor people already have.

MyCOE Student Project Guide Poverty Reduction Chapter

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Rural Development-

 

Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development
Agriculture and rural development directories and resources from around the world.

Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas
Good primer and links on permaculture (sustainable farming). Concepts and resources relevant to alternative farming systems.

American FactFinder
Maps and information from the U.S. Census 2000 with complete subject and geographic coverage for FactFinder data sets.

Population Reference Bureau
Click DataFinder for statistics on 85 demographic variables for 221 countries, 28 world regions and subregions, the world as a whole, and the United States.

LandScan
A worldwide population database for estimating populations at risk of natural and man–made disasters.

Census 2000 TIGER/Line Data
Information from the 1990 and 2000 censuses. Geographic and population/housing data for every county of the United States can be downloaded for free.

UUNEP Global Environment Outlook
Reviews environmental conditions around the world, region by region, and analyzes the effects on the environment caused by changes in the economy, population growth, and political organizations.

Inter–American Development Bank Library Collection
Publications that support the work of the IDB in the areas of Latin American and Caribbean economic and social development. Links to electronic journals, country newspapers, development banks and institutes, and centers for Latin American Studies. Links to sustainable development topics and youth pages are planned.

MyCOE Student Project Guide Rural Development Chapter

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Urbanization-
 

American FactFinder
Maps and information from the U.S. Census 2000 with complete subject and geographic coverage for FactFinder data sets.

Population Reference Bureau
Click DataFinder for statistics on 85 demographic variables for 221 countries, 28 world regions and subregions, the world as a whole, and the United States.

LandScan
A worldwide population database for estimating populations at risk of natural and man–made disasters.

Census 2000 TIGER/Line Data
Information from the 1990 and 2000 censuses. Geographic and population/housing data for every county of the United States can be downloaded for free.

UNEP Global Environment Outlook
Reviews environmental conditions around the world, region by region, and analyzes the effects on the environment caused by changes in the economy, population growth, and political organizations.

Inter–American Development Bank Library Collection
Publications that support the work of the IDB in the areas of Latin American and Caribbean economic and social development. Links to electronic journals, country newspapers, development banks and institutes, and centers for Latin American Studies. Links to sustainable development topics and youth pages are planned.
 
MyCOE Student Project Guide Urbanization Chapter