DATABASE: Environmental Trendspotting

Science  12 Dec 2003:
Vol. 302, Issue 5652, pp. 1871
DOI: 10.1126/science.302.5652.1871a

EarthTrends is a mother lode of environmental information, allowing visitors to mine data in 10 categories, from climate change to agriculture to biodiversity protection. The massive compendium comes from the World Resources Institute in Washington, D.C., and stocks facts and figures from the World Bank, the U.S. Geological Survey, a host of United Nations agencies, and other sources.

Click on coastal and marine ecosystems, for example, to net values for more than 30 fisheries-related variables, from amount of crustaceans harvested to number of threatened fish species. You can track down extremely specific details, such as Poland's sulfur dioxide emissions in 1995 (4 million tons). The site also allows you to organize data by region or globally and to display them on maps.

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