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National Geographic Teacher Resources

Our classroom materials are designed in a modular system, with activities as the base unit. An activity will fill one class period, while a lesson (a collection of activities) can fill up to a week of class time. Units (collections of lessons) are designed for longer periods of time. Read More

Understanding Society and Natural Resources

In this edited volume, which is now available in entirety online, leading scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds wrestle with social science integration opportunities and challenges. This book explores the growing concern of how best to achieve effective integration of the social science disciplines as a means for furthering natural resource social science and environmental problem solving. The chapters provide an overview of the history, vision, advances, examples, and methods that could lead to integration. Read More

Active Climate Legislative Commissions and Executive Branch Advisory Groups

This map shows states with government bodies that study the impacts of climate change and recommend policies for mitigation and adaptation. Read More

EPA's Response to the Petitions to Reconsider the Endangerment and Cause or Contribute Findings for Greenhouse Gases under Section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act

This set of volumes is a response by the EPA to ten petitions filed to challenge the determination that climate change is real. The EPA dismisses the petitioners’ claims, reiterating the evidence of anthropogenic global climate change. Read More

Annual Report on the Environment, the Sound Material-Cycle Society and the Biodiversity 2009

The white paper on comprehensive environmental policy describes the role of Japan’s economy in a sound global environment. In the first part, the report describes current the environmental conditions of the Earth and of Japan, human activities in Japan and overseas, their environmental impacts, and the pathway to the environmental century. The second part of the white paper reports on various measures. Read More

The Turn from Reactive to Responsive Environmentalism: The Wilderness Debate, Relational Metaphors, and the Eco-Phenomenology of Response

A shift is occurring in environmentalism to a post-metaphysical understanding of the human relationship to nature. Stemming from developments within the wilderness debate, ecofeminism, and eco-phenomenology, the old dichotomy between John Muir’s tradition of privileging nature and Gifford Pinchot’s tradition of privileging society is giving way to a relational paradigm that privileges neither. The starting point for this involves articulating the ontology of relationship anew. Insofar as the dominant metaphors of nature and their complimentary narratives present a choice between the agency of the human or the natural worlds, they encourage one-sided or “reactive” relationships to the world. By contrast, developments sensitive to the mutual agency between them encourage “responsive” relationships. The relational metaphors of “partnership” (Merchant) and “dialogue” (Plumwood) are prominent examples. The idea of “nonhuman agency,” however, is counter-intuitive and problematic. The works of Buber, Heidegger, and Merleau-Ponty suggest a model of “mutual response” rather than “mutual agency.” Read More

Psychology and Global Climate Change: Addressing a Mutifaceted Phenomenon and Set of Challenges

This report examines the role of the field of psychology in understanding and dealing with global climate change. The report explores the psychological drivers for contributing to climate change and the psychological barriers to action in response to the threat of climate change. The report makes policy recommendations based on its findings. Read More

Climate and Global Change Interagency Inventory Data Sheet

The Climate and Global Change Interagency Inventory Data Sheet (dtd August 2002) is a working document that includes information provided by federal agencies regarding their climate and global change research activities. The data differ in some respects from information reported in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2002 and FY 2003 editions of Our Changing Planet, the annual U.S. Global Change Research Program report to Congress. Some of these discrepancies are the result of differences between requested and enacted levels of funding. In addition, some programs in the President’s FY03 request as part of CCRI were not labeled as CCRI programs in the inventory. (links posted 5 December 2002) Read More

Annual Report on the Environment in Japan 2005

The annual report describes the environment of Japan in FY 2004. It includes an overview on efforts to build a Low Carbon Society, as well as the environmental issues and environmental conservation measures led by the Japanese government. Read More

Annual Report on the Environment in Japan 2004

The annual report includes an overview of the diffusion of environmentalism in Japan and the world during FY 2003. The report details the environmental issues and the environmental conservation measures by the Japanese government in FY 2003. Read More


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