Dr. Art's Guide to Science
Some think science will save us. Others believe only science using "systems thinking" has a chance. Not sure what that means? Here Dr. Art takes a look at the big ideas that serve as a foundation for a systems understanding of science. It may look like a kids' site, but for those of us publically educated before, say, 2005, it may be worth a look-see.
From the site: "EarthTrends is a comprehensive online database, maintained by the World Resources Institute, that focuses on the environmental, social, and economic trends that shape our world."
Everything you need or want to know about hybrid vehicles, gas mileage, green house gas emissions from vehicular traffic, fuel economy ratings, and more.
If you read just one online enviro news mag, this is it. Their tagline: "Gloom and doom with a sense of humor." Just take a look -- you'll get hooked.
National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture
It's not just about finding a way to carry on with current energy consumption only minus the emissions. Sustainability, or the lack thereof, touches all national systems, agriculture being one of the largest. Topics include pesticide use and corporate organics, fair trade, food sovereignty, genetic engineering, irradiation and more.
This time the discussion centers on economics. Click on "Sustainable Economics" for an interesting twist on the "Gross National Product" -- here it's called the "Genuine Progress Indicator" and factors in such things as volunteer work, crime stats, enviro degredation, public infrastructure, state of leisure and so on.
Key words for sustainability:
corporate social responsibility
water resources development