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Environmental Technology Web Resources
WEB WARNING ABCs
Authority - Is the website from an authoritative source?
Check "About Us."
- Is the website trying to sell you goods or an idea?
Currency - Is the
information current? Check the website date
Although excellent .org,
.com, .net sites exist, use the search engine's Advanced
Search to get more
reliable results by limiting the domain name to .gov or .edu -- or use
California Department of Toxic Substances Control
Tabs at the top lead to information on pollution prevention, site cleanup, waste management, etc. Within each area are case studies and reports
Environmental Technology Verification Program
EPA’s Verified Technologies cover air, water, and soils, providing links to a host of technologies "to improve protection of human health and the environment."
EPA Clean-Up Technologies
This site provides links to both EPA's monitoring and remediation technologies. Remediation's goal is to provide “smart” solutions to remediation for waste sites, mining sites, soils, and groundwater.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Online reports of the Nobel-award-winning IPCC include mitigation of climate change, carbon capture and storage, and other atmospheric remediations.
Alternative Energy News
This news site contains information on a broad array of innovative technologies, but caveat emptor: some are quirky-to-questionable.
California Energy Commission
The state's renewable energy site offers information in six areas: from biomass and wind to solar and geothermal. For reports, check the left sidebar: Renewables Research > Publications.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Leads to technological information on biomass, solar, wind, and other alternative energy resources.
US Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Look for links to Programs: biomass, solar, vehicles, etc. Drill down through webpages to get to the technology explanations in each area.
EPA Life Cycle Assessment
"This site's purpose is to promote the use of LCA to make more informed decisions through a better understanding of the human health and environmental impacts of products, processes, and activities." Its four components: scope, analysis, assessment, and interpretation.
If you are looking for specifics on a particular product or its patented production, Google provides 7 million+ patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) branches include energy, environmental technology,
etc. with downloadable publications, reports, and projects.
UNEP Life Cycle Initiative
Links to description of LCA, publications (some downloadable), news, and more.
U.S. National Laboratories and Technology Centers
Of the 20+ national laboratories, a number include environmental technologies. A good place to start, but requires a bit of digging.
The Union of Concerned Scientists provides technology information on gas and diesel, biofuels, fuel cells, and electric vehicles. Also links to the Union's websites on Food & Agriculture, Nuclear Power, etc.
Innovative Transportation Technologies
From the nonprofit Advanced Transit Association (ATRA), this website “provides information about unconventional (therefore innovative) transportation technologies.”