Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Nature.com databases and Gateways

Useful links supplied by Nature which includes a link to Nature Reports Climate Change

Assisted Migration and Rewilding

A list of list of links to useful journal and magazine articles maintained by the Torreya Guardians, a self-organized group of naturalists, botanists . ecologists and others with a deep concern for biodiversity protection.

Ocean Science

The European Geosciences Union has been working on a number of open access journals over the past few years, and Ocean Science is just such an endeavor. The primary objective is to publish a very high quality scientific journal with free web based access for researchers and other interested people throughout the world.

BirdLife International: State of the World's Birds

Concerns about the world's biodiversity are not new, but the BirdLife International organization has taken on an important challenge by documenting the state of the world's birds via the important research papers featured on this site. The news they offer is not terribly encouraging, but these documents will be important tools for anyone interested in these pressing issues. The primary work here is divided into four sections that includes an introduction, along with three additional sections that cover why birds are declining, the current state of information about bird populations, and what can be done to improve the status of birds around the world.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Carbon Offset Watch

This is the first independent ranking of Australian offset providers, completed in August 2008. The site is managed by Total Environment Centre and supported by CHOICE and Institute for Sustainable Futures.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

How Buildings Learn

This began as a terrific book of the same name by Stewart Brand, who investigated why some buildings grow and change and adapt to the lives of the people who inhabit them, while others simply don't meet their inhabitants' needs. He's adapted these ideas for this 6 part BBC video series. Anybody involved in designing a new building or adapting an existing one would benefit from the book and this series.

The site includes a video clip of selected sections of the video series.


BCIN, the Bibliographic Database of the Conservation Information Network, is the Web's most complete bibliographic resource for the conservation, preservation and restoration of cultural property. A worldwide network of libraries and documentation centres contribute data on their combined holdings, including previously unavailable material from private sources, to the BCIN database.

Cited literature includes:
books, published and unpublished monographs and serials
conference proceedings
technical reports, journal articles, theses
audio-visual materials
software and machine-readable files

RSS Feeds and Podcasts

An online index which provides a list of the RSS feeds and podcasts currently being produced by agencies of the Australian Government.

Your Development

Australian website providing practical information on how to create sustainable urban residential developments and contains fact sheets, case studies and links to other useful sites.
This is a national project developed in partnership with CSIRO and the Australian Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage, and the Arts. Content has been written and reviewed by leading researchers and industry experts.
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