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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. ...

Campus Ecology: Purchasing part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website illustrates how college campuses can use their purchasing power to help drive markets for more sustainable goods, such as energy efficient office equipment, environmentally friendly ...

Environmental Frontlines Issue Summary: mining on public lands part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This case study provided by the Environmental Frontline organization is a summary of the 1872 general mining law reform. It includes background information, facts and figures, 'quotable quotables', ...

EarthTrends: The Environmental Information Portal part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is a large website that provides searchable databases, data tables, maps, country profiles and written reports on a variety of environmental issues. Topics include coastal and marine ecosystems, ...

Putting a Price on Pollution: Financial Assurance for Mine Reclamation and Closure part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This 56-page PDF provides information about financial assurance for mine reclamation and closure. The topics covered include mine reclamation and liability; closure and financial assurance; and a ...

Area of influence and zone of contribution to Superfund-Site Wells G and H, Woburn, Massachusetts part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This is a useful publication for anyone using 'A Civil Action' or the Woburn, Massachusetts superfund site as a case study or for an assignment. The article contains geological descriptions, cross ...

The Science Behind 'A Civil Action' - The Hydrogeology of the Aberjona River, Wetland and Woburn Wells G and H part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This is a GSA guidebook contribution giving the field trip log and descriptions from a field trip to Woburn, Massachusetts during the 2001 GSA annual meeting. The article contains graphs, maps, data, ...

Remediation of the Wells G and H Superfund Site, Woburn, Massachusetts part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This article gives a detailed description of the sources and distributions of TCE and PCE at the Woburn superfund site. It also describes the various types of remediation systems being used to ...

Models in the courtroom part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This article provides background information about the societal and technical aspects of the famous 'A Civil Action' trial. It also proposes that the steps involved in constructing a predictive ...

Progress toward Pollution Prevention and Waste Minimization in the North American Gold Mining Industry part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This paper addresses the two most environmentally problematic areas in the gold mine industry, which are the use of cyanide and acid mine drainage. The authors outline the environmental options ...

A case control study of childhood leukemia in Woburn, Massachusetts: the relationship between leukemia incidence and exposure to drinking water part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This article provides a review of previous health studies of the famous groundwater contamination case at Woburn, MA. The text summarizes the number and distribution of childhood leukemia cases ...

The Big Melt part of CLEAN Collection

This is a collection of five short videos - The Arctic Ice Cap, Sampling the Ice, Arctic Fisheries, Natives Feel Effect and Arctic Energy -- that can be played separately or in sequence. They show ...

Northwest Passage part of CLEAN Collection

In this activity, students use Google Earth and information from several websites to investigate some of the consequences of climate change in polar regions, including the shrinking of the ice cap at ...

Campus Ecology: Dining Services Projects part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website from the National Wildlife Federation provides details of the ways that many universities are improving environmental practices in their dining halls. These institutions are supporting ...

Campus Ecology: Energy Projects part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site shows how college campuses can serve as an ideal laboratory for new and innovative energy technologies. Many campuses are rising to the challenge, reducing energy consumption through ...

Campus Ecology: Environmental Management Projects part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website describes projects on college campuses that aim to improve environmental management systems of their university. The goals of these programs are to weave environmental responsibility ...

Campus Ecology: Transportation Projects part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website describes methods that universities can use to remedy common transportation problems such as traffic congestion, sprawling parking lots, and excessive fuel use. Alternative fuels, ...

Campus Ecology: Assessment Projects part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website from the National Wildlife Federation features environmental assessment projects that have been conducted at over 20 college campuses. These environmental assessments help identify ...

Campus Ecology: Building Design Projects part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website from the National Wildlife Federation showcases green building materials and technologies. The site provides examples of new "green" campus buildings in all parts of the ...

Transitions and Tipping Points in Complex Environmental Systems part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This report, by an NSF advisory committee, details many of the environmental challenges facing our planet and our society, and issues a call to action for NSF, for researchers, and for educators, to ...

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