RESOURCES: Race to Save the Environment

Science  29 Aug 2003:
Vol. 301, Issue 5637, pp. 1163
DOI: 10.1126/science.301.5637.1163a

Bone up on the threats facing North American ecosystems and what treaties are meant to protect nature worldwide at this pair of environmental sites. The Nature Audit from World Wildlife Fund Canada takes a broad view of conservation. The site hews Canada and the northern United States into 40 aquatic and terrestrial “conservation planning regions” that not only share similar ecology but also face similar types of human development and activities, such as mining, oil drilling, deforestation, and invasive species. Click on a nifty interactive map to summon a description of each region and its conservation imperatives. Here, a composite map shows the most threatened areas in red and orange.

Wondering which agreement governs air pollution crossing the U.S.-Canada border? This site at Columbia University's Center for International Earth Science Information Network hosts a database of 190 environmental treaties, from the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution to the Antarctic Treaty on Environmental Protection. You can peruse the texts of treaties and find out which countries have signed or ratified them.

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