2007 Threat #03 Environmental Degradation Top Centers

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Environmental News Networkexternal link
ENN publishes news, commentary, and information to provide a global perspective on environmental issues, and to promote thought, discussion, and awareness among its readers. Selects news stories from a variety of sources, including major wire services, and also features content from partner publishers, freelance journalists, and on-going research. 1

Global Policy Forum – The Environmentexternal link
GPF’s mission is to monitor policy making at the United Nations, promote accountability of global decisions, educate and mobilize for global citizen participation, and advocate on vital issues of international peace and justice. The Environment page touches on key environmental issues and the role of the UN, governments, businesses and NGOs in shaping environmental policy. 2

Union of Concerned Scientists – Global Warmingexternal link
Site includes overview, what’s new, special features sections as well as global warming science information and solutions. 3

Greenpeace Internationalexternal link
Greenpeace exists to expose environmental criminals, and to challenge government and corporations when they fail to live up to their mandate to safeguard the environment and our future. Greenpeace focuses on the most crucial worldwide threats to the planet’s biodiversity and environment. 4

Gristmillexternal link
An environmental news blog that uses humor to present analysis, commentary, advice and reviews. 5

Climate Hotmap.orgexternal link
Global Warming: Early Warning Signs – An interactive map that illustrates the local consequences of global warming. Produced jointly by several well-known environmental organizations. 6

EcoEarth.Infoexternal link
Environment portal & search engine that is a project of Ecological Internet. Includes news, alerts, a blog and links to environmental issues. 7

The Commons Blogexternal link
The Commons Blog is a collaborative web log dedicated to the principle of promoting environmental quality and human dignity and prosperity through markets and property rights. Put more simply, it’s about free markets protecting the environment. 8

Earthscan/James & Jamesexternal link
UK-based publishing firm. Seeks to increase understanding of environmental issues and their implications at all levels, to influence opinion and policy towards sustainable forms of development and to promote the various businesses, industries and organizations that provide the infrastructure to make this happen. 9

Corporate Social Responsibility Wireexternal link
CSRwire is the leading source of corporate social responsibility and sustainability news, reports and information. CSRwire members are companies and NGOs, agencies and organizations interested in communicating their corporate citizenship, sustainability, and socially responsible initiatives to a global audience through CSRwire’s syndication network and weekly News Alerts. CSRwire content covers issues of Diversity, Philanthropy, Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) Environment, Human Rights, Workplace Issues, Business Ethics, Community Development and Corporate Governance. 10

U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP)external link
Stated 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. 11

World Water Councilexternal link
WWC is an international multi-stakeholder platform whose mission is “to promote awareness, build political commitment and trigger action on critical water issues at all levels, including the highest decision-making level, to facilitate the efficient conservation, protection, development, planning, management and use of water in all its dimensions on an environmentally sustainable basis.” Sponsors the World Water Forum every three years. 12

Clean Air Initiativeexternal link
CAI advances innovative ways to improve air quality in cities by sharing knowledge and experiences through partnerships in selected regions of the world. CAI partners and participants foster actions to improve air quality in cities. We bring together a range of cross-cutting expertise in urban development, transport, energy reform, environmental management and environmental health. Currently active in Asia, Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. 13

Eco-Advantageexternal link
Site features a blog on how business is catching the green wave, information on the book “Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value and Build Competitive Advantage,” related press items, links to other information on organizations devoted to green business, and The Green Wave, which lists the top 10 environmental issues facing society and business. 14

Alternative Energy Instituteexternal link
AEI’s goals are to raise consciousness about the dangers of fossil fuel dependency and the viable alternatives to fossil fuels, link consumers with suppliers of alternative energy and raise consciousness about community sustainability and providing action response opportunities for individuals throughout the world. 15

Gas Technology Instituteexternal link
GTI is the leading research, development and training organization serving the natural gas industry. Research capabilities, products & services, newsroom, training & conferences, reports/software/publications and commercial opportunities are provided on this website. 16

Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternativesexternal link
GAIA is an expanding international alliance of individuals, NGO’s, community-based organizations, academics and others working to end the incineration of all forms of waste and to promote sustainable waste prevention and discard management practices. 17

Rainforest Action Networkexternal link
Protects forests and the rights of their inhabitants by campaigning to break America’s oil addiction, promote sustainable logging, and bring green ethics to Wall St. 18

World Business Council for Sustainable Developmentexternal link
The WBCSD mission is to provide business leadership as a catalyst for change toward sustainable development, and to support the business license to operate, innovate and grow in a world increasingly shaped by sustainable development issues. It is a CEO-led, global association of some 190 companies dealing exclusively with business and sustainable development. The Council provides a platform for companies to explore sustainable development, share knowledge, experiences and best practices, and to advocate business positions on these issues in a variety of forums, working with governments, non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations. 19

RadWaste.orgexternal link
Guide to radioactive waste, nuclear and radiation related material on the internet. 20

Islamic Foundation for Ecology & Environmental Sciencesexternal link
IFEES has established itself as perhaps the only internationally recognised body articulating the Islamic position on the environment . IFEES is a multi-dimensional organisation and its objectives include: research and the dissemination of information; producing teaching materials, books and journals; training on practical and theoretical subjects; the setting up of an experimental centre focusing on land use and organic farming and also the development of alternative technology. 21

TreeHuggerexternal link
TreeHugger is the leading media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream. They strive to be a one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information. Site includes an up-to-the-minute blog, weekly and daily newsletters, weekly video segments, and a weekly radio show. 22

Global Environmental Management Initiativeexternal link
GEMI’s goal ise to provide strategies for businesses to achieve environmental, health and safety (EHS) excellence, economic success and corporate citizenship. Site provides information on projects and membership, conferences, publications, news and benchmark surveys. 23

GreenBizexternal link
GreenBiz is the leading information resource on how to align environmental responsibility with business success. The site provides news and resources to large and small businesses through a combination of Web sites, workshops, daily news feeds, electronic newsletters, and briefing papers. 24

Sustainablogexternal link
Sustainablog is dedicated to news, information and personal meanderings related to environmental and economic sustainability, green and sustainable business, and environmental politics. Includes extensive list of links to green sites and “the sustainable blogosphere.” 25

ClimateBizexternal link
The mission of ClimateBiz (a partnership of GreenBiz) is to provide hands-on tools, action steps, and other resources companies can use to understand the underlying issues, assess their climate footprint, and devise and implement a plan to significantly reduce their climate impacts throughout their operations and supply chains. The site is divided into Sections, Topics and Sectors. 26

Sustainability Dictionaryexternal link
This Dictionary of Sustainable Management is an open dictionary for business leaders and students of sustainability and business-related terms. It is a project of the Presidio School of Management. The purpose of this effort is to help people better understand how sustainability concepts are creating new understandings in the worlds of business, government, and society. The English alphabet is provided with links to words/phrases related to sustainability. 27

SustainAbilityexternal link
With offices in the U.S. and Europe, SustainAbility advises clients on the risks and opportunities associated with corporate responsibility and sustainable development. Working at the interface between market forces and societal expectations, they seek solutions to social and environmental challenges that deliver long term value. 28

Sustainable Businessexternal link
Sustainable Business provides global news and networking services to help green business grow. Rather than covering a slice of the industry, SB offers visitors a unique lens on the field as a whole, covering all sectors that impact sustainabilty: renewable energy/ efficiency, green building, green investing, and organics. Services include business and investor news, job listings, an events calendar and resource directory. 29

Sustainable Marketingexternal link
The site includes informative articles, a trade show and seminar calendar, a green media list, and discussion groups. The company offers its services to firms looking to sell to green and organic consumers. 30

Triple Punditexternal link
Operated by MBA candidates at the Presidio School of Management and described as “Serving people, planet and profit: An ‘integrated bottom-line’ approach to looking at business from the next generation of MBAs.” 31