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Air and Waste Management Association
"AWMA provides training, information, and networking opportunities to thousands of environmental professionals." AWMA provides access to Daily Envirowire, a daily environmental news and information source.

American Water Works Association
AWWA is an international nonprofit scientific and educational society dedicated to the improvement of drinking water quality and supply.

California. Department of Health Services. Division of Drinking Water and Environmental Management. Chemicals and Contaminants in Drinking Water.
This site has the figures for California drinking water primary and secondary maximum contaminant levels and information on arsenic, chromium-6, perchlorate, and other drinking water contaminants of current interest.

CAL/EPA (California Environmental Protection Agency)

Department of Pesticide Regulation
This site contains information on pesticide laws, regulatory and rulemaking information, data on pesticide use, on pesticide residue on fresh produce, pesticide illness surveillance, and information on exposure, sampling, and more. Also includes links to the U.S. EPA/OPP Pesticide Product, Chemical Ingredients, Product Labels, and Company Information Databases.

Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
Includes California Proposition 65 documents and the Prop 65 list. Also includes the Toxics Directory (2006), which lists agencies and organizations that provide information about or have authority over toxic substances and their health effects.

California Environmental Resources Evaluation System (CERES)
"CERES is an information system developed by the California Resources Agency to facilitate access to a variety of electronic data describing California's rich and diverse environments."

Californians for Pesticide Reform
CPR "is a coalition of over 170 public interest groups dedicated to protecting human health and the environment from the dangers of pesticide use." The full text of some of their reports available in Adobe Acrobat format, including "P" is for Poison: Update on Pesticide Use in California Schools (2000).

Children's Environmental Health Network
The Children's Environmental Health Network's purpose is to protect the health of children with regards to environmental hazards. A national effort, the Network concentrates on three areas - education, research, and policy. It provides an introduction to the field of child environmental health and provides access to reports resulting from symposia and conferences.

Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)
CIESIN is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that provides information to scientists, decision-makers, and the public about the relationships between human beings and the environment. CIESIN specializes in global and regional network development, science data management, decision support, and training, education and technical consultation services.

Ecological Risk Analysis: Guidance, Tools, and Applications (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy)
This site contains information and resources on the role of ecological risk analysis in environmental decision making. It includes information on ecological screening benchmarks, biological uptake, various guidance documents, as well as information for various types of contaminated sites.

Electric Power Research Institute
EPRI provides scientific, technical, and marketing research for the energy industry.

Environment Canada
This is Canada's "EPA," with numerous publications, databases, and other resources available.

Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute
"With its broad and multidisciplinary faculty expertise, the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute is an international resource that supports basic and clinical research in environmental health sciences and exposure assessment and fosters associated programs in environmental health education and public policy. "

Environmental Working Group
EWG produces hundreds of reports each year for public interest groups and concerned citizens who are campaigning to protect the environment.

Global Environmental Facility
"An independent financial organization, the GEF provides grants to developing countries and countries with economies in transition for projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants. " GEF's implementing agencies are the UN Development Programme; the UN Environment Programme; the World Bank; the UN Food and Agriculture Organization; the UN Industrial Development Organization; the African Development Bank; the Asian Development Bank; the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; the Inter-American Development Bank; and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. An online database of projects is available.

Health Effects Institute (HEI)
The Health Effects Institute is an independent, nonprofit corporation studies the health effects of pollutants from sources in the environment including motor vehicles. Supported jointly by the EPA and industry, HEI has produced reports on the health effects of a variety of pollutants, including carbon monoxide, fuels and fuel additives, nitrogen oxides, diesel exhaust, ozone, and particulate air pollution.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) new
"The IPCC is a scientific body under the auspices of the United Nations (UN). It reviews and assesses the most recent scientific, technical and socio-economic information produced worldwide relevant to the understanding of climate change. It does not conduct any research nor does it monitor climate related data or parameters. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988 to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts."

Working Group II Fifth Assessment Report "...considers the vulnerability and exposure of human and natural systems, the observed impacts and future risks of climate change, and the potential for and limits to adaptation. The chapters of the report assess risks and opportunities for societies, economies, and ecosystems around the world." 243 Lead Authors and 66 Review Editors wrote and reviewed the 30 chapters of the WGII AR5. You'll find chapters here on human health, human security, adaptation, livelihoods and poverty, economics, food security, ocean systems, freshwater resources, regional aspects, and much more.

Lowell Center for Sustainable Production (University of Massachusetts)
The Center's efforts concentrate on:

Projects include the Chemicals Policy Initiative, Integration of Environmental and Occupational Health, the Precautionary Principle Project, the Sustainable Hospitals Project, and more. Their site includes numerous publications from each of these projects.

National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH)
Established by Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the NECH's mission "is to provide national leadership, through science and service, to promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, birth defects, disability, and death resulting from interactions between people and their environment." The site has numerous publications including fact sheets, brochures, and books. Scientific articles by NCEH authors are also indexed and searchable.

National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals a series of ongoing assessments of the U.S. population's exposure to environmental chemicals by measuring chemicals in people's consumer blood and urine, also called biomonitoring. Chemicals studied included mercury, lead, pesticides, and phthalates. Exposure data for the U.S. population divided into age, gender, and race/ethnicity groups is presented.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
"The mission of NIEHS is to reduce the burden of human illness and dysfunction from environmental causes."

National Library for the Environment
Includes some full-text U.S. Congressional Research Service Reports on environmental issues, which are prepared for the U.S. Congress. From the National Council for Science and the Environment.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NOAA's mission is to "describe and predict changes in the Earth's environment, and conserve and wisely manage the Nation's coastal and marine resources."

Natural Resources Defense Council
Non-profit group dedicated to protecting the world's natural resources and ensuring a safe and healthy environment for all.

No Breathing in the Aisles: Diesel Exhaust inside School Buses (February 2001)
This report shows that "children who ride a diesel school bus may be exposed to up to four times more toxic diesel exhaust than someone traveling in a car directly in front of it." The report includes emissions data and funding sources for alternative fuels.

Breath-taking: Premature Mortality due to Particulate Air Pollution in 239 American Cities (1996)
This report estimates that "approximately 64,000 premature deaths from cardiopulmonary causes may be attributable to particulate air pollution each year." The report ranks SMSAs by particulate matter concentration, attributable mortality, and attributable mortality rate.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD). Chemical Safety
This program works on the development and co-ordination of environment health and safety activities internationally. A number of the programme's publications, including its newsletter, are available full-text from this site.

OECD Environmental Outlook to 2030
"Using an economy-based vision of developments to 2030, the OECD Environmental Outlook identifies the drivers of environmental change (the economy, population, globalisation, etc.), the specific sectors that put the greatest pressure on the environment, and the resulting environmental impacts. The Outlook shows that the most critical environmental concerns facing OECD countries are the unsustainable use of renewable natural resources, the degradation of ecosystems and the disruption of the environmental systems that support human life."

South Coast Air Quality Management District
AQMD is the air pollution control agency for the California four-county region including Los Angeles and Orange counties and parts of Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

United Nations Environment Programme
UNEP is involved in all manner of environmental issues, such as sustainable consumption, climate change, chemicals, and more. Their site includes databases, publications, and descriptions of their many initiatives.

UNEP Chemicals Programme
Gateway site to a vast amount of information on international chemical programs, such as:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

National Center for Environmental Economics
"NCEE analyzes relationships between the economy, environmental health, and environmental pollution control. This includes:

NCEE also serves as a central point of contact for communicating and resolving cross-cutting technical economic issues. This site has:

National Service Center for Environmental Publications/National Environmental Publications Information Site (NSCEP/NEPIS)
More than 7,000 in stock and 28,000 digital titles, free of charge U.S. EPA publications are available for searching, viewing, printing or ordering.

Office of Air and Radiation
OAR develops national programs, technical policies, and regulations for controlling air pollution and radiation exposure.

The AIRData web site provides air pollution data for the entire United States. It provides access to several databases, including National Emission Inventory (NEI), where one can find data on point sources of air pollution at the facility level (searchable by state and county). One may also generate custom maps and reports.

AIRNOW provides real-time air pollution data and information about the public health and environmental effects of air pollution.

Indoor Air Quality
Discusses sources of indoor air pollution and has many full-text EPA publications on indoor air pollution.

Office of Ground and Drinking Water
Has current drinking water standards and regulations, information for consumers on their local source of drinking water, and information on some of the chemicals that may be found in water.

Arsenic in Drinking Water

Lead in Drinking Water

MTBE (methyl-t-butyl ether)in Drinking Water

Standards and Risk Management

Office of Research and Development. National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA).
Provides access to Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS, a database of human health effects that may result from exposure to various substances found in the environment), risk guidelines, and risk tools such as the Exposure Factors Handbook.

Region 9 Home Page

Science Inventory
"Science Inventory is a searchable, Agency-wide catalog of more than 4,000 science activities such as research, technical assistance and assessments, along with more than 750 peer-reviewed products. The database contains more than 19,000 records in the archives including project descriptions, products produced, types of peer review, links to related work and contacts for additional information. Users can conduct keyword searches or search within nine cross-cutting science topics."

Superfund Record of Decison System (RODS)
"A ROD provides the justification for the remedial action (treatment) chosen at a Superfund site. It also contains site history, site description, site characteristics, community participation, enforcement activities, past and present activities, contaminated media, the contaminants present, scope and role of response action, and the remedy selected for cleanup. Using RODS, you can search by state, site name or EPA ID for specific ROD documents, or by keyword (such as a contaminant or remediation type) across all ROD documents."

Technology Transfer Network, Unified Air Toxics Website (EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards)
This site provides information on EPA programs and regulations as well as state and local programs. Emission data tables at the county level are available, as is data on the deposition of pollutants on urban waters. Also included are air toxics reduction and assessment tools and strategies.

Terms of Environment (Revised December, 1997)
Provides definitions of the terms and acronyms used in EPA documents

U.S. Geological Survey. Human Health
This web site is devoted to the USGS's role in understanding environmental contributions to human health and disease. It includes many publications and fact sheets,as well as the Human Health Related Data Sources page, which is a guide to many databases produced by the USGS and others relevant to this topic (including the National Atmospheric Deposition Program, Arsenic in Ground Water of the U.S., Biomonitoring of Environmental Status and Trends, and more.

U.S. Geological Survey. National Water Quality Assessment Program.
The NAWQA program collects and analyzes data and information in more than 50 major river basins and aquifers across the Nation to develop long-term consistent and comparable information on streams, ground water, and aquatic ecosystems. Publications and data are available.

Pesticide National Synthesis Project
Provides full-text reports, statistics, analytical methods, and information on pesticide use. Data can also be downloaded.

Water Resources Collections and Archives (WRCA)
Formerly known as the Water Resources Center Archives, this unique collection serves the faculty, staff, students, and programs of the University of California and California State University systems as well as water management decision-makers. While the collection focuses on materials for California and the western states, it also includes national and international resources. "The collection consists of more than 200,000 technical reports, 1,500 specialized newsletters, over 5,000 archival maps and hundreds of videos. In addition, WRCA manages over 200 archival collections, and has over 45,000 historic photographs and aerial photographs that document the history of water development in the West." Formerly housed at UC Berkeley, the collection now resides at UC Riverside.

WHO Public Health and Environment
Descriptions and information about specific aspects of environmental health are available, such as environmental burden of disease, ionizing radiation, food safety, occupational health, electro-magnetic fields, and children's environmental health. Numerous documents and publications are available online.

World Resources Institute
"Providing authoritative research, getting it to those who need it, and engaging a broad spectrum of stakeholders in decision-making are all means to the ultimate end: permanent changes that protect the planet and improve people's lives."

Earthtrends, an information portal "regarding the environmental, social, and economic trends that shape our world." It provides data tables, maps, and an extensive searchable database on water resources, population and health, food, and many more topics.

World Resources 2008: Roots of Resilience-Growing the Wealth of the Poor, a report on the enviroment and the poor produced in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme, the UN Development Programme, and the World Bank.

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Publications and Databases

To search for journal articles on this topic, use Indexes and Databases. To locate journals, use the Melvyl catalog, or the UC-eLinks Electronic Journals Search.

Agricultural Pesticide Web Mapping Service (California Environmental Health Tracking Program)
The CEHTP's Agricultural Pesticide WMS presents data on pesticide applications in California. It gets its data from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, County Agricultural Commissioners, Agricultural Growers, and Pesticide Operators. Users can view variables such as application intensity, individual pesticide chemicals or groups of chemicals, and individual application sites or groups of sites.

Air Trends Reports (EPA Office of Air and Radiation)
These annual Trends Reports "are EPA's "report card" on the status of air quality and air pollutant emissions."

ASFA: Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstract Database (ProQuest; 1971 to present)
Note: Access limited to UCB faculty, staff, and students.
Citations of journal articles, books, conference proceedings, reports, and more on aquatic pollution, environmental quality, and policy and legislation, etc.

Basic Information about Regulated Drinking Water Contaminants and Indicators (EPA)
These fact sheets are about chemicals that may be found in some public or private drinking water supplies. These chemicals may cause health problems if found in amounts greater than the health standard set by the U.S. EPA. The fact sheets describe:

The Benefits and Costs of the Clean Air, 1970 to 1990 (retrospective study) and 1990 to 2010 (prospective study)
These EPA studies look at the costs and benefits of the Clean Air Act. The abstracts, executive summaries, and full reports are available electronically.

Clean Air Act
Full text, 1990 amendments, and a "Plain English Guide to the Clean Air Act."

DieselNet: Diesel Emissions Online
"DieselNet is the online information service on diesel emissions, emission control, diesel engines, fuels, and more." Includes a daily news log. Emission standards are provided for the U.S. and California as well as for other countries. Technical reports on the health effects of diesel are available in full text.

Disaster Recovery and Environmental Health (National Library of Medicine)
Here you can find links to information from FEMA, the American Red Cross, U.S. DHHS, and the CDC among others. There are links to information on emergency responders, hospitals, cleanup safety, chemical emergencies and epidemiologic surveillance among much more. There are a few pre-done PubMed searches including ones for disasters and hazardous chemicals, disasters and waster management and molds and mildew.

Discharge Monitoring Report (EPA)
"The Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) Pollutant Loading Tool is a new tool designed to help you determine who is discharging, what pollutants they are discharging and how much, and where they are discharging. The tool calculates pollutant loadings from permit and DMR data from EPA‘s Permit Compliance System (PCS) and Integrated Compliance Information System for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (ICIS-NPDES). Data is available for the years 2007 through 2010."

Drinking Water Standards and Health Advisories (US EPA)
Drinking water standards (e.g. Maximum Contaminant Level Goals, Maximum Contaminant Levels) and health advisories (e.g. Reference Doses, Drinking Water Equivalent Levels, etc.) for a numerous of chemicals.

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"EcoAméricas covers development and the environment in Latin America for an international audience of businesses, NGOs and public agencies. Every month, EcoAméricas draws on a network of experienced correspondents in the region to produce a concise, 12-page report. All articles include detailed contact and resource information."

The ECOTOX database, derived predominantly from peer-reviewed literature, provides toxicity data for aquatic life, terrestrial plants, and terrestrial wildlife. It integrates 3 U.S. EPA databases, ACQUIRE, PHYTOTOX, and TERRETOX. Data in AQUIRE, the aquatic toxicology database, is available from 1915 to the present. PHYTOTOX, the plant toxicology database, contains data from 1926 to 1991. The TERRETOX, the wildlife toxicology database, data comes from test results reported from 1970 to 1992.

E & E Publishing, LLC
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Sign up for emailed alerts for notification as soon as the latest edition is available online of any of the newsletters below.

Updated monthly, ENVIROFACTS is a relational database that integrates data from many different EPA databases. Subjects covered include Air, Chemicals, Facility Information, Grants/Funding, Hazardous Waste, Risk Management Plans, Superfund, Toxic Releases, and Water Permits, Drinking Water, Drinking Water Contaminant Occurrence, and Drinking Water Microbial and Disinfection Byproduct Information.

ENVIROnetBASE: Environmental Resources Online
Note: Access limited to UCB faculty, staff, and students.
From CRC Press, this environmental science electronic library "offers a comprehensive selection of references that are cross-referenced, fully searchable, hyperlinked, and cross-indexed." Titles include Environmental Chemistry, 7th edition, Environmental Compliance, Environmental Justice Analysis, Handbook of Chemical Risk Assessment, and many more.

Environmental Contaminants Encyclopedia (1998)
This searchable encyclopedia of 118 environmental contaminants from the National Park Service contains a wealth of information including water data, soil data, sediment data, tissue and food concentrations, and fate information. All entries are pdf files. References are also provided.

Environmental News Network
Features daily news on current environmental issues. You can also sign up for free delivery of the news via e-mail.

Environmental Performance Index 2010
"The 2010 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) ranks 163 countries on 25 performance indicators tracked across ten policy categories covering both environmental public health and ecosystem vitality. These indicators provide a gauge at a national government scale of how close countries are to established environmental policy goals." By clicking on Files at the top of the page, you can get to the main report, country profiles, the EPI data in an Excel spreadsheet, and more. The site also includes a map and metrics.

Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management Database (ProQuest; 1967-current)
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"This multidisciplinary database, provides unparalleled and comprehensive coverage of the environmental sciences. Abstracts and citations are drawn from over 6000 serials including scientific journals, conference proceedings, reports, monographs, books and government publications." Subjects covered include:

Note: Access limited to UCB faculty, staff, and students.
The GreenFile database by EBSCO offers coverage of all aspects of human impact on the environment. It includes scholarly, government and general-interest titles. Topics include global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling and more. A freely available public version of GreenFILE allows searching of thousands of the citations in this database and provides links to the full text of any articles available through Open Access.

A Human Health Perspective on Climate Change
"The purpose of this paper is to identify research needs for all aspects of the research-to-decision making pathway that will help us understand and mitigate the health effects of climate changeas well as ensure that we choose the healthiest and most efficient approaches to climate change adaptation." This report, compiled by the ad hoc Interagency Working Group on Climate Change and Health, gives us the state-of-the-science on how climate change can affect human health. The report looks at the human health consequences of climate change on 11 diseases/health consequences including cancer, asthma, cardiovascular disease and stroke, vectorborne and zoonotic diseases, and developmental effects.

IRIS (Integrated Risk Information System)
The IRIS is a U.S. EPA database of human health effects that may result from exposure to substances found in the environment.


IRIS from the National Library of Medicine

IRIS from RightAnswer® Knowledge Solutions
Note: Access limited to UC faculty, staff, and students. Please LOG OFF when you are done searching.
Enter your email address to access the database. Once there, click on Search on the far left, then select ChemKnowledge Data. Once at that page, select IRIS as your database to search.

Mainstreaming Gender in Water Management, 2003 (PDF)
"As part of its ongoing efforts to support both Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) and gender mainstreaming strategies, United Nations Development Programme's Environmentally Sustainable Development Group has prepared this Resource Guide for Mainstreaming Gender in IWRM. Developed in consultation with stakeholders in various regions and supported by the Gender Water Alliance, gender specialists and practitioners, the guide consists of five parts:

  1. An introduction and overview notes on gender mainstreaming in IWRM
  2. A guide to existing tools and materials
  3. Briefing notes on bringing a gender perspective to water sector capacity building; equality between men and women; and institutional capacity to promote gender in IWRM Projects
  4. Case studies and good practices
  5. A guide to gender mainstreaming within the project cycle."

MyEnvironment (EPA)
Look up information on air quality, water conditions for local waterbodies, watershed information, and EPA cancer risk for your community.

National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (CDC)
"The National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network is a system of integrated health, exposure, and hazard information and data from a variety of national, state, and city sources." You can view information here on environmental conditions and health conditions by location. The data can be displayed in tables, graphs or maps, and covers asthma, birth defects, cancer, carbon monoxide poisoning, childhood lead poisoning, heart attacks, and reproductive and birth outcomes.

National Service Center for Environmental Publications/National Environmental Publications Information Site (EPA)
Search or browse NSCEP/NEPIS to locate any of thousands of U.S. EPA publications that are available for viewing and printing.

Oxygenates Resource Page from the American Petroleum Institute
Links to some full-text reports.

Rachel's Environment and Health News
"This website is an archive of Rachel's News and Rachel's Precaution Reporter and other content..." Published by the Environmental Research Foundation. Full text archives of this electronic newsletter go from Issue #1, December 1, 1986 to the last issue, #1,000, February 26, 2009. Site is searchable by topic and includes a document library.

Recent Research on Climate Change: An annotated bibliography with an emphasis on California (OEHHA) new
This annotated bibliography, released in February 2015, looks mainly at research published on climate change and its impact on California. The bibliography covers materials published from 2010-2013, but includes some major reports released in 2014. The bibliography is divided into 5 sections: Authoritative reports, Drivers of climate change, Changes in climate, Impacts of climate on physical systems, and Impacts climate on biological systems. This report is intended to be used in tandem with the earlier Indicators of Climate Change in California (OEHHA 2013).

Regulations (EPA)
Find tools here to help you track the development of new US EPA regulations and to help you find the existing regulations.

Provided by the Environmental Defense Fund, Scorecard allows the general population easy access to the EPA's Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data (see below). In addition, Scorecard provides detailed information on more than 7,460 chemicals, including all the chemicals used in large amounts in the United States and all the chemicals regulated under major environmental laws.

TRI (Toxic Release Inventory)
TRI "is a publicly available EPA database that contains information on toxic chemical releases and other waste management activities reported annually by certain covered industry groups as well as federal facilities." TRI lists amounts of certain chemicals released to the environment using data compiled annually.

EPA's TRI home page, including TRI explorer, which provides access to the TRI database (1988- )

TRI from the National Library of Medicine's TOXNET (1987- )

TRI from the Right-to-Know Network (1987- )

Water Quality Association Glossary of Terms

World Bank: Environment
This portal "provides access to an overview of the World Bank's work on environmental issues and links to relevant activities across the Bank, both in the operational regions and in different sectors with which we work. (It includes) Information about the Environment Strategy, our Operational and Safeguard Policies, our environmental work in the regions, projects, analytical studies, capacity-building efforts, partnerships, and publications."

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Guide to World Environmental Law.

Health, Environment, and Work
"This site provides many academically based educational resources, a search facility, as well as vetted and updated links relating to Occupational and Environmental Health and Medicine."

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