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Environmental Studies: Green Internet Resources

This is a guide to Fordham Library resources on scholarship and current information on all matters green. It includes reference sources, handbooks, manuals, databases and websites concerned with environmental histories, organizations, and effective activ

Green Internet Resources

Creating Greener Urban Landscapes

 

Hydroponic greenhouse, image @ Gotham Greens

Urban agriculture is about more than just addressing a locavore trend or beautifying the built environment. It’s about re-connecting with our food supply, educating our youth and nourishing our souls. Urban farming is unlikely to ever be the primary source of a city’s food supply but its impact can be lasting.  --From website: Gotham Greens

International Green Initiatives

 The GEF unites 183 countries in partnership with international institutions, civil society organizations (CSOs), and the private sector to address global environmental issues while supporting national sustainable development initiatives. Today the GEF is the largest public funder of projects to improve the global environment. An independently operating financial organization, the GEF provides grants for projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the international body for assessin the science related to climate change. The IPCC was set up in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to provide policymakers with regular assessments of the scientific basis of climate change, its impacts and future risks, and options for adaptation and mitigation.

The IUCN is an international organization working in the field of nature conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. It is involved in data gathering and analysis, research, field projects, advocacy, lobbying and education. IUCN's mission is to "influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable."

    An initiative of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization, the GSP aims 1) to promote Sustainable Soil Management (SSM) and improve soil governance to guarantee healthy and productive soils, and 2) to support the provision of essential ecosystem services towards food security and improved nutrition, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and sustainable development.

    As the UN’s leading environmental authority,  UNEP uses its expertise to strengthen environmental standards and practices while helping implement environmental obligations at the country, regional and global levels. UNEP’s mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

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