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Environmental Technical Reports & Statistics
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United States Census Bureau
This is a rich source of comprehensive data from the most recent national census. The census includes information on population, demographics, social, economic and housing.
EIS: Digests of Environmental Impact Statements
This resource provides detailed abstracts for the hundreds of environmental impact statements released each year, and indexes them for easy reference. EIS extracts the key issues from complex government-released environmental impact statements, converting massive documents into concise, readable abstracts. Each entry includes a clear description of the project, sections on positive impact and negative consequences, and legal mandates.
EPA Envirofacts Data Warehouse
This website provides access to several EPA databases to provide you with information about environmental activities that may affect air, water, and land anywhere in the United States. With Envirofacts, you can learn more about these environmental activities in your area or you can generate maps of environmental information. If you want more in-depth information about a particular subject area, you may select from a list of available topics, which includes Waste, Water, Toxics, Air, Radiation, Land and Maps.
Energy Information Administration
The Energy Information Administration (EIA) is a statistical agency of the U.S. Department of Energy. Their goal is to provide policy-independent data, forecasts, and analyses to promote sound policy making, efficient markets, and public understanding regarding energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment.
Fedstats is a gateway to statistics held by over 100 federal agencies. This includes many agencies related to the environment, including the EPA, NASA, NOAA, and the USGS.
United Nations Environmental Statistics
The United Nations Environmental Statistics Division provides information gathered by the UN on the environment, including water resources and pollution, air pollution, waste generation and management, land use and land degradation.
The ECOTOX (ECOTOXicology) database provides single chemical toxicity information for aquatic and terrestrial life. ECOTOX is a useful tool for examining impacts of chemicals on the environment. Peer-reviewed literature is the primary source of information encoded in the database, along with independently compiled data files provided by various United States and International government agencies. Prior to using ECOTOX, you should visit the "About ECOTOX/Help" section of this Web Site. In addition, it is recommended that you consult the original scientific paper to ensure an understanding of the context of the data retrieved from the ECOTOX database.
Science.gov is a “gateway to authoritative selected science information provided by U.S. Government agencies, including research and development results.” Particularly helpful is the section on the Environment and Environmental Quality, including materials on air/water/noise quality, cleanup, climate change, and much more. Also of interest is the section on Natural Resources and Conservation.
Energy Citations Database
ECD provides free access to over 2.3 million science research citations from 1948 through the present, with continued growth through regular updates. There are over 150,000 electronic documents, primarily from 1994 forward, available via the database. Citations and documents are made publicly available by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
Congressional Research Service Reports
The Congressional Research Service (CRS), part of the Library of Congress, prepares its reports for the U.S. Congress. CRS products undergo review for accuracy and objectivity and contain non-technical information that can be very useful to people interested in environmental policy. CRS does not itself provide these documents to the general public. Although CRS documents are prepared specifically for Congress and not widely distributed, their distribution is not protected by law or copyright. NCSE is committed to expanding, maintaining and updating its database of reports, making them available and searchable for the public.
Information Bridge: DOE Scientific and Technical Information
The Information Bridge: DOE Scientific and Technical Information provides free public access to full-text documents and bibliographic citations of Department of Energy (DOE) research report literature. Documents are primarily from 1994 forward and were produced by DOE, the DOE contractor community, and/or DOE grantees. The Information Bridge contains documents and citations in physics, chemistry, materials, biology, environmental sciences, energy technologies, engineering, computer and information science, renewable energy, and other related topics.
Developed by the Department of Energy's Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), in collaboration with DOD/DTIC, NASA, and EPA, the GrayLIT Network is a portal for technical report information generated through federally funded research and development projects. Gray literature refers to "foreign or domestic open source material that usually is available through specialized channels and may not enter normal channels or systems of publication, distribution, bibliographic control, or acquisition by booksellers or subscription agents."
Last updated by jgottfri on 02/11/2008