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
Online Databases (RHC Students
version for printing
Web Site Links
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
(Rio Hondo Students only) top
Rio Hondo College databases.
Controversies @ Facts.com
Good, authoritative, but relative short overview reports,
all full text online about a range of social issues and
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
The following books can be located in the
Rio Hondo College Library.
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:
Use the box below to search for additional resources in Rio Hondo
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
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
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
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
The Rio Hondo College Library
provides online access to full-text articles through our
online databases. Please 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:
https://rioweb.riohondo.edu/library/. 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