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This is a collection of useful web sites for teaching public policy in the earth sciences. If you know of web sites, journal articles or other references that are useful for teaching and learning about public policy issues, let us know about them.

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Abandoned Uranium Mines on the Navajo Nation part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This EPA website discusses the assessment of potential health risks from abandoned uranium mines on the Navajo Nation. Topics include; description and history of mines and reclamation initiatives, ...

Exploring the Environment: Yellowstone Fires part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site from Wheeling Jesuit University features an exercise in which students engage in a policy debate using an Earth System Science (ESS) analysis of a fire's impact on the air, land, water, and ...

De-coding Cyanide: An Assessment of Gaps in Cyanide Regulation at Mines part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This paper presents comments on environmental issues surrounding cyanide use in the metal mining industry, with emphasis on the various cyanide-leach processes used to extract gold and silver. ...

Hurricanes, Climate, and Katrina part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website provides links to many Science Magazine articles related to hurricanes, coastal disasters and disaster policy. The articles are divided into four sections: The Gulf Coast hurricanes and ...

Lessons from Woburn part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site presents a three-part videotape series produced to enhance classroom discussions of the book A Civil Action. The site gives outlines of material covered by each tape and allows users to ...

Campus Ecology part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website from the National Wildlife Federation showcases environmental conservation projects that have been successfully undertaken by various universities. The site features example projects and ...

Global Warming and Lewis and Clark College part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website describes the actions undertaken by students at Lewis and Clark College to comply with the greenhouse gas emissions targets called for in the Kyoto Protocol. The effort was ...

PRISM: Puget Sound Regional Synthesis Model part of SERC Web Resource Collection

PRISM is a cross-disciplinary scientific model that creates a collaborative forum where scientists, students, decision makers and community members can share Puget Sound area earth science data, ...

Low-level Nuclear Waste: A Geographic Analysis part of SERC Web Resource Collection

In this lesson plan students will learn how to analyze the problems surrounding nuclear waste and to make decisions concerning it. They will learn what radioactive waste is; learn the impacts that a ...

Ecoregions part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website for the Critical Ecoregions Program of the Sierra Club aims to offer a practical, long-term strategy to buttress the "web of life" on Earth. Region by region, the Sierra Club develops ...

Global Rivers Environmental Education Network part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The GREEN program provides ideas and information related to creating a watershed-based educational project and is geared toward taking action to protect watersheds. There are exercises and action ...

Scorecard: Investigate Pollution Topics part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Users can search this site for information on environmental pollution in the areas where they live. The materials presented here include a pollution ranking that shows regions and companies with the ...

The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site provides information about the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) and its activities in conserving salmon habitats. The site features a collection of information about the ...

Rangeland Policy Issues part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site provides a balanced venue for the public to explore the key issues surrounding the use and management of rangelands. The goals of the website are to help citizens to clarify issues, to ...

Environmental Law Institute Research and Policy Division part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This organization works with local and regional partners in the United States and worldwide to strengthen environmental laws, to develop new approaches to ensure their effectiveness, and to improve ...

GIS Mapping for Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This report focuses on an area in Juneau Alaska that is undergoing rapid uplift following deglaciation in nearby Glacier Bay. Newly emergent tide lands are being claimed by upland property owners and ...

Coalbed Methane Development in the West: Primer part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This 352-page PDF document, compiled by the Colorado University School of Law, is a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of coalbed methane. This primer seeks to contribute to public policy ...

Geothermal Energy Development Regulatory Overview part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This pdf document provides an overview of the statutes and regulations for geothermal development within National Parks and on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

Enviros, Residents Join Legal Battle Over Coalbed Methane part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article from the Bozeman Daily Chronicle describes the combined efforts of Gallatin County Commissioners, environmentalists, and homeowners in the Bozeman Pass area to deny J.M. Huber Corp. a ...

Policy Debate: Power Plants on Navajo Land part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article discusses actions of the tribal government and community response related to plans to develop Desert Rock, a 1,500-megawatt coal-fired power plant, on 600 acres of tribal land in San ...

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