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Summary. This document provides access to resources and information for Earth monitoring. This page is in the top 10 for a Google search on “earth monitoring resources” (without the quotes).

  • Earth Clock – Current environmental information about the earth automatically updated. This is a service of Celsias. “Celsias enables individuals, organizations and companies to take real action against global warming by learning, committing to action, and engaging with people and projects.”
  • Earth Island Institute – “For 25 years, Earth Island Institute has been a hub for grassroots campaigns dedicated to conserving, preserving, and restoring the ecosystems on which our civilization depends.”
  • Earth Watch Institute – “Earthwatch is the world’s largest environmental volunteer nonprofit. Founded in 1971, our goal is simple – to help the world realize its goal of a sustainable environment. To do this, we fund scientific field research and enable regular people to volunteer on projects around the world. The result? At 120 field sites in more than 40 countries, Earthwatch-supported scientists find global solutions and our volunteers learn first-hand how they can lead change in their communities.”
  • Earth Week – A Diary of the Planet. “Earthweek is produced by Steve Newman, a broadcast meteorologist for more than 30 years and a frequent contributor for ABC’s Good Morning America. His EARTH ALERT bulletins were a weekly component of Discovery News on the Discovery Channel, and an online feature of Discovery.com. In 1980 Newman established Earth Environment Service, a weather consulting company that provided forecasts and data to agricultural, insurance and media interests worldwide. Newman is a member of the American Meteorological Society and a fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society. He has also been active in the United Nations World Meteorological Organization. Steve raises horses and cattle on a ranch outside the North Texas city of Pilot Point, where he is also a contributing writer for the Post Signal newspaper.”
  • Google Earth – “Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings and even explore galaxies in the Sky. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places and share with others.”
  • Incorporated Research Institutes for Seismology (IRIS) – “The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology is a university research consortium dedicated to exploring the Earth’s interior through the collection and distribution of seismographic data.”
  • NASA Household and Urban Living Interactive 3D Guide – Learn more about how your home and community function, as well as environmental impact.
  • NASA Global Climate Change Vital Signs Widget – “Widget updates users with NASA information on the latest vital signs of global climate change.” Requires an Apple computer to run.
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Global Climate Change Website – “In 2004, NASA’s spending on climate science exceeded all other Federal agencies, combined. NASA spent $1.3 billion on climate science that year, out of a $1.9 billion total. The agency provides data on solar output, sea level rise, atmospheric and ocean temperature, ozone depletion, air pollution, and changes in sea ice and ice sheets. NASA scientists regularly appear in the mainstream press as climate experts.”
  • Sprint Now Network – The Sprint Network is monitoring the current status of now in two versions: standard or enhanced.
  • US Geological Survey Earthquake Hazards Program – Monitoring of earthquakes and seismic events around the world.
  • World Clock – Automatically updated estimates of world population, births, deaths, health data, and more.
  • World Watch Institute – “The Worldwatch Institute is an independent research organization known around the world for its accessible, fact-based analysis of critical global issues. Worldwatch research is the gold-standard for sustainability analysis for decision makers in government, civil society, business, and academia. Worldwatch experts meet frequently with government and private leaders to inform their decisions. The Institute leverages a global network of partner organizations and senior fellows that allows it to reach key decision makers. Our current geographic focus is on Brazil, China, India, Europe, and the United States—the areas of the world that are pivotal to addressing the world’s environmental and social problems. Founded in 1974, Worldwatch disseminates its work in more than 100 countries via the Internet and global news media. The Institute earns 25 percent of its revenue from sales of publications and data and 40 percent from foundation, government, and institutional grants. Worldwatch’s network of individual donors provides 35 percent of the budget, including most of the unrestricted revenue that is essential to the Institute’s work.”

By Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson is a freelance writer and tech consultant in Iowa City. He is also the founder and Director of the ResourcesForLife.com website. Learn more at AboutGregJohnson.com