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  Earth Observation

Two satellites, Terra, launched on December 18, 1999, & Aqua, launched on May 4, 2002, are the flagships in NASA's Earth Observing System. Terra & Aqua both carry a number of instruments, including the Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS, which measures light in 36 frequency bands at three different resolutions. Another important instrument is the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer, or MISR. Viewing the Earth at nine widely spaced angles, MISR collects global images with high spatial detail in four colors at every angle, enabling more accurate estimates of the total amount of sunlight reflected by Earth's diverse environments.

At the MODIS Rapid Response System Photo Gallery you can browse through or search for MODIS photos of fires, dust storms, icebergs, typhoons, and other major earthly events. Look here for the latest NASA Earth Images and here for climate change data from NASA's Earth Missions.

NASA's Earth Observatory is another, somewhat less technical interface to satellite imagery of the earth and its climate, and includes The Blue Marble, "the most detailed true-color image of the entire Earth to date," with a variety of high resolution versions you can download, free for public use.

The US Geological Survey's Satellite Images of Environmental Change from 1972 to present.

NASA's Visible Earth is "a consistently updated, central point of access to the superset of NASA's Earth science-related images, animations, and data visualizations. These images are considered to be public domain and, as such, are freely available to the interested public-at-large, the media, scientists, and educators for re-use and/or re-publication."

  Human World Population

The United Nations Population Division supplies a World Population Database.

Negative Population Growth was trying to deal with the real problem, not just the symptoms-- but their website, as of this writing, is dead.

The US Census Bureau provides Historical World Population Estimates going back to the year 10,000 B.C.

  Climate Change & Global Warming

The Global Change Master Directory provides access to over 5200 datasets on global change.

NOAA provides articles on Primer on Global Warming.

Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center FAQs about CO2 and global climate change.

  Water Resources, Rainwater, Acid Rain

USGS provides stream flow data and other information about US Water Resources (including acid rain deposition) displayed in frequently updated maps, from a decade ago to today.

The National Atmospheric Deposition Program (Acid Rain) has data from over 200 monitoring sites diplayed in annual maps.

Austin, Texas-based Wimberley Rainwater Collection offers full service rainwater collection design and installation packages, or simply the delivery of the plan along with the necessary materials to the jobsite.

  Nuclear Power & Nuclear Waste

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently redesigned their website, removing some of their information presumably due to terrorism concerns. The site still has info on reporting a safety concerns, radiation protection, employment at the NRC, contracting with the NRC, and FOIA requests. They also have nuclear FAQs pages, and info about specific reactors (some of this is what appears to have been removed), safety and security concerns, and more.

The official word on Radioactive Waste from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Information on the US Department of Energy cleanup of nuclear weapons production facilities run by the Department of Defense, which is costing about $6 billion a year.

  Energy Consumption, Pollution, Recycling

Scorecard provides information about pollution problems and toxic chemicals in your community.

The Lifecycle Assessment Calculator figures metals, toxics, and energy input, and greenhouse gases output of cars, restaurants, roads, etc. over their lifetime. From the Carnegie-Mellon Green Design Initiative.

The Global Recycling Network has waste commodity and stock prices, and a Recycling Career Center.

Recycler's World provides recycling information and links.

  Environmental Organizations

Environmental Defense Fund

The direct activism of Greenpeace has gotten them on the front pages more than any other environmental organization.

The Committee for the National Institute for the Environment was a silly name, so they changed it to the National Council for Science and the Environment. They have a population and environment database, and the full text of about 400 congressional reports on the environment.

National Wildlife Federation

    (Jul 3, 2008) "Extinction risks for natural populations of endangered species are likely being underestimated by as much as 100-fold because of a mathematical 'misdiagnosis,' according to a new study led by a University of Colorado at Boulder researcher." Science Daily story

TIME Magazine,
    October 28, 1957, p.60:

    The world's 2.7 billion population has almost doubled in the past 70 years, is expected to redouble every 42 years hereafter, and is rapidly approaching the level (top estimate: 7 billion) beyond which scientists believe the earth can no longer sustain all its inhabitants...

    ...said Dr. A. Eugene Staley, Stanford Research Institute's senior international economist: "Despite all the vaunted technological and economic progress of modern times, there are probably more poverty-stricken people in the world today than there were 50 years ago...

    In Mexico... the value of goods and services produced per capita in 1955 was $187, v. $2343 in the U.S. Even to increase the per capita gross national product to the present U.S. level by 1980-- when Mexico's population will have doubled-- Mexico would have to boost national output 2500% (to $156 billion) and invest the astronomical sum of some $400 billion in capital. In Burma the same goal would take an 8,900% boost in G.N.P."

US Census Bureau World Population Info

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