Environment and Energy

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Environment Writer, http://www.environmentwriter.org
This source focuses "on journalism on environmental and natural resources issues."

Society of Environmental Journalists, http://www.sej.org/
"The source for journalists reporting on the environment."

Society of Environmental Journalists, http://www.sej.org/node/4456 "10 Key Open-Government Resources for Environmental Journalists"


Energy Information Administration, www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/coal/quarterly/qcr_sum.html You can get data on U.S. coal production, exports, imports, receipts, prices, consumption and quality from the Quarterly Coal Report. It has energy tables and maps for every state, which could make good graphics for illustrating stories on various energy issues. Each map is accompanied by a set of "quick facts," which can tell more than the map. Each state map is accompanied by tables that compare the state's energy resources, prices, production, consumption, taxes and certain energy-related environmental programs with the rest of the nation.

Environmental Protection Agency, http://www.epa.gov
"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. "

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, http://www.osmre.gov
"Our mission is to carry out the requirements of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act in cooperation with States and Tribes. Our primary objectives are to ensure that coal mines are operated in a manner that protects citizens and the environment during mining and assures that the land is restored to beneficial use following mining, and to mitigate the effects of past mining by aggressively pursuing reclamation of abandoned coal mines."

National Agroforestry Center, http://www.unl.edu/nac/
NAC "conduct research, develop technologies and tools, coordinate demonstrations and training, and provide useful information to natural resource professionals."

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, http://www.asmfc.org/
"The Commission serves as a deliberative body, coordinating the conservation and management of the states shared near shore fishery resources – marine, shell, and anadromous – for sustainable use."


Appalachian Center for the Economy and the Environment, http://www.appalachian-center.org -
A regional law and policy group that says it “ seeks fundamental changes in compliance, implementation and enforcement of major environmental laws in Central Appalachia,” including an end to mountaintop-removal coal mining.

Earth Justice, http://www.earthjustice.org/
"Earthjustice is a non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of this earth and to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment. "

Environmental Working Group, http://www.ewg.org/
"The mission of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment." This site has database on agricultural subsidy programs.

Environmental Defense Fund, http://www.environmentaldefense.org/home.cfm
"Environmental Defense is dedicated to protecting the environmental rights of all people, including future generations...We are guided by scientific evaluation of environmental problems, and the solutions we advocate will be based on science, even when it leads in unfamiliar directions. We work to create solutions that win lasting economic and social support because they are nonpartisan, cost-effective and fair."

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, http://www.peer.org
"PEER is a national non-profit alliance of local, state and federal scientists, law enforcement officers, land managers and other professionals dedicated to upholding environmental laws and values."

Pew Environment Group, http://www.pewenvironment.org/
"globally to establish pragmatic, science-based policies that protect our oceans, preserve our wildlands and promote the clean energy economy"

Natural Resources Defense Council, http://www.nrdc.org
"The Natural Resources Defense Council's purpose is to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends. We work to restore the integrity of the elements that sustain life -- air, land and water -- and to defend endangered natural places. We seek to establish sustainability and good stewardship of the Earth as central ethical imperatives of human society."

Southern Environmental Law Center, http://www.southernenvironment.org
"Over two decades SELC has built and perfected an institutional model that gives us the flexibility and power to address major environmental issues in the Southeast in the most strategic and effective manner. Ours is a high-leverage matrix approach: we work simultaneously throughout six states; at the national, regional, state, and local levels; and in all three branches of government. We integrate regional perspective with place-based actions. And we work with 100+ partner groups."


AirNow, http://airnow.gov/
Reports daily air quality data and includes graphical maps. Data and maps can be localized.

Discharge Monitoring Report Pollutant Loading Tool, http://cfpub.epa.gov/dmr/ez_search.cfm
A government tool to calculate pollutant discharge amounts.

RadNet, http://www.epa.gov/enviro/facts/radnet/index.html
"A national network of more than 200 monitoring stations" that "regularly sample the nation's air, precipitation, drinking water or pasturized milk" for radionuclides and radiation types.

Cleanups in My Community, http://iaspub.epa.gov/apex/cimc/f?p=255:63:3785731302804759
"Use Cleanups in my Community to map and list areas where pollution is being or has been cleaned up throughout the United States. Find your community and drill down to cleanup specifics about: sites, facilities and properties under EPA's Superfund, RCRA and/or Brownfields cleanup programs" and "federal facilities under EPA's Superfund and/or RCRA cleanup programs."

The Environment Directory, http://www.webdirectory.com
An environment search engine, to find people and information on a wide range of topics.

Science Communication Network, http://www.sciencecommunicationnetwork.org/
"The Science Communication Network, a private non-profit foundation-supported educational organization, is dedicated to encouraging environmental public health scientists and medical practitioners to contribute to public discussions about their work through the media and thereby elevate the quality and quantity of environmental health reporting."

EcoGateway News & Information Directories, http://www.ecoiq.com/onlineresources/directories/newsinfo/index.html
Includes directories for news releases, opinion articles, news digests, online periodicals, e-mail periodicals, online environmental news media, and other media resources.

Environmental Health News, http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/
News and reports on environmental links to health and related policy issues, compiled by Environmental Health Sciences, are searchable.

National Center for Environmental Health, http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/
"CDC's National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) plans, directs, and coordinates a national program to maintain and improve the health of the American people by promoting a healthy environment and by preventing premature death and avoidable illness and disability caused by non-infectious, non-occupational environmental and related factors."

UMWA, http://www.umwa.org/
This site explains what exactly coal miners do.

Science News Online, http://www.sciencenews.org/
Online science magazine. Includes searchable, database which allows you to call up issues from 1996 to the present.

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/
This map "can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. . .The map is available as in interactive GIS-based map. . .state, regional and national images of of the map can be downloaded and printed."

EPA carbon-dioxide emitters interactive map
Searchable map offers detailed information about large industrial sources, including power plants, refineries, chemical factories and paper mills.

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