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The Environment
The following guide provides Web site links, a list of selected books, and access to online periodical articles about this subject. The Web site links have been researched, evaluated, and annotated by Rio Hondo College Librarians. The Librarians have specifically selected these Web sites to meet the research needs of Rio Hondo College students

go to   Web Site Links        Online Databases (RHC Students only)        Books        Library Catalog        Media        Articles

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Web Site Links     top

Environmental Protection Agency

The official website for the federal government agency.  Includes listing of federal environmental laws, and sections on all aspects of pollution and environmental topics.

Friends of the Earth USA

FOE/USA is one of the major members of an influential, international network of grassroots groups in 70 countries and has worked for the past 30 years to create a healthier, more just world.  Its actions have included environmentally damaging dams and water projects worldwide, international whaling, strip mining and oil tankers, and tax subsidies to corporate polluters.  Particularly helpful sections include: What's New, Take Action, Featured Campaign, and Resources. 

League of Conservation Voters

LCV is the "political voice of the national environmental movement and the only organization devoted full-time to shaping a pro-environment Congress and White House."  Its online National Environmental Scorecard and Presidential Report Card are intended to inform the public about the respective public policy decisions, voting records, and other actions related to the environment of these two branches of the federal government.

National Biological Information Infrastructure

This site explores on a very current, up-to-date basis various "hot topics" of interest to biological researchers, with major factors and solutions examined for each issue.

National Resources Defense Council

One of the nation's most effective environmental action/advocacy organization, NRDC uses "the law, science and the support of more than 1 million members and online activist to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things."  An online summary of "The Bush [Environmental] Record" is available, together with many other "Reference/Links," including those to "Environmental Laws & Treaties," "Glossary of Environmental Terms" and "Links By Topics."  The entire site is also available in Spanish.

Sierra Club

America's "oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental advocacy organization," the Sierra Club is "inspired by nature in its efforts to protect our communities and the planet."  This site, updated every Friday, offers a wide range of information and action opportunities, all facilitated by relevant links and documents, including full-text articles from two of its publications, Sierra Magazine and The Planet newsletter, that cover a wide range of environmental issues.

State PIRGs (Public Interest Research Groups)

This is an alliance of state-based, citizen-funded organizations that advocate for public interest.  The alliance seeks "to uncover threats to public health and well-being and fight to end them, using the time-tested tools of investigative research, media exposes, grassroots organizing, advocacy and litigation; and to deliver persistent, results-oriented activism that protects the environment, encourages a fair marketplace for consumers and fosters responsive, democratic government."  A wide range of environmental issues and concerns are addressed, with lots of information provided for each and many action options.

Union of Concerned Scientists

Founded in 1969 by MIT faculty and students, UCS is a well regarded "independent nonprofit alliance of more than 100,000 concerned citizens and scientists that augment rigorous scientific analysis with innovative thinking and committed citizen advocacy to build a cleaner, healthier environment and a safer world."  UCS concerns and activities include those related to: Food, Vehicles, Environment, Energy, and Security.  Useful features include: News, Expertise, Special Features, Most Popular Pages, In The Spotlight, From Our Programs, Publications, and Take Action.

Online Databases (Rio Hondo Students only)    top
Rio Hondo College databases.

Issue & Controversies @
Good, authoritative, but relative short overview reports, all full text online about a range of social issues and controversies.

National Library for the Environment
NLE is a single point of access to the world's environmental information, and provides objective and scientifically sound information on a wide range of environmental issues.

For full-text magazine, journals, and newspaper articles

Books     top
The following books can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library.

Reference Books

Environment : a revolution in attitudes
Call number: Gale Virtual Reference Library

The essentials of-- the environment
Call number: Ref GE105.K47 2005

Suggested Subject Headings
For additional titles on this topic at Rio Hondo, click on the following Library of Congress subject headings:


Environmental protection


Library Catalog     top
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Media     top
The following media can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library, to be viewed in the Library.

Global warming : hot enough for you? (NewsMatters)
Call number: Video 001222
Discusses sources of greenhouse gases, abrupt climate changes, and how they affect the environment; also whether humans need to, or can, stop global warming.

An inconvenient truth
Call number: DVD 0089
Former Vice President Al Gore explains the facts of global warming, presents arguments that the dangers of global warning have reached the level of crisis, and addresses the efforts of certain interests to discredit the anti-global warming cause. Between lecture segments, Gore discusses his personal commitment to the environment, sharing anecdotes from his experiences.

Intimate strangers : unseen life on Earth (Annenberg/CPB collection)
Call  number: Video 001183
1. Scientists explore how all living things are related and how microbial life on the planet has evolved over its 3.8-billion-year history -- 2. Scientists trace the role of microbes in maintaining the conditions on Earth, including how they affect the global climate and perform the recycling that keeps the world habitable -- 3. Scientists focus on microbial communities that live in and on humans as well as some key factors that contribute to the emergence of new infectious diseases -- 4. Scientists turn to microbes for solutions for repairing our damaged environment and feeding the planet's growing population.

Rachel Carson's Silent spring
Call number: Video 000973
Focuses on Rachel Carson's book: Silent spring. Focusing on the chemical poisoning of the environment. This is the story of how one scientist's

Witness to the future
Call number: Video 001068
Discusses how ordinary citizens transform themselves into environmental activists. Covers problems with radioactive gases released from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Hanford, Washington, large doses of pesticide in California's San Joaquin Valley, and particulates from the petrochemical and oil industries in Louisiana's "Cancer Alley".

Articles   top
The Rio Hondo College Library provides online access to full-text articles through our online databasesPlease note:  you must be a Rio Hondo College student, faculty, staff or board member to use these services.

The sample searches and articles below are from the ProQuest database. If you are viewing this subject guide from an on-campus computer, simply click on the links below. To gain access if you are at home or off-campus, first click here: Input your student ID number and password [your birthdate]. You will see a list of all the online databases to which you have access. Click on ProQuest and enter the database. You may conduct your own searches at this point or come back to this subject guide and click on any of the links below:

SUB(environment) AND AT(feature)  (Peer-Reviewed Journals only)
SUB(environment) and international
Kyoto Protocol and SUB(environmental policy)
SUB(environmental policy) and GEO(California)
SUB(environmental protection) and GEO(California)

Researched and evaluated by:
E. Ball & A. Enright, Librarians 5/1998
last update: E. Ball, Librarian 5/2010



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