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CMU Libraries environmental resources across disciplines with other selected links, Send e-mail to webmaster or contact your departmental liasion librarian about more environmental resources and research options in your areas of study.

Marcellus Shale


Marcellus Shale Research Guide
by Sue Collins

"The Marcellus Shale Documentary Project tells stories, through photographic images, of how the lives of Pennsylvanians are affected by the Marcellus Shale Gas Industry. By creating a visual document of the environmental, social and economic impact of drilling, the work aims to engage communities in the current Marcellus debate while providing important historical images for the future."

Ecology and History Timeline

Magill, Frank N., ed.
Great Events From History II: Ecology and the Environment Series, Salem Press, Pasadena CA; Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1994
A 5-volume timeline covering environmental events in detail from 1905-1994.
(1st floor Hunt Library)
GE150.G72 1995 5 volumes

CMU Sustainability

Information about sustainability at CMU including events, education, resources and the amazing student activist organization, Sustainable Earth.

CMU Sustainable Earth

Environmental Radio

The Allegheny Front

A radio program covering environmental issues in Western Pennsylvania, produced by WYEP-FM a National Public Radio affiliate.

GRIST environmental news

Featured Databases

A highly regarded market research database providing extensive industry reports which include environmentally related industries. It provides "forecasts with important statistical and analytical information on the markets, applications, industry structure, major players, market shares, industry dynamics, technology and technology shifts, and international developments.”  Researchers interested in commercialization and startups might begin with this database.  Other databases with comparable quality that might be used in conjunction with BCC include Gartner, Frost and Sullivan, and IBISWorld.

OECD iLibrary

Online library of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development providing access to journals articles, working papers, multi-lingual summaries, e-book titles, book chapters, databases and  thousands of tables and graphs. Explore all of its aspects or limit to theme such as OECD ILibrary: Environment.

NEW ! Now expanded to include all IEA: International Energy Agency  databases with extensive historical and current data on:

·        IEA CO2 Emissions from Fuel Combustion Statistics

·        IEA Coal Information Statistics

·        IEA Electricity Information Statistics

·        IEA Energy Prices and Taxes Statistics

·        IEA Energy Technology RD&D Statistics

·        IEA Natural Gas Information Statistics

·        IEA Oil Information Statistics

·        IEA Renewables Information Statistics

·        IEA World Energy Statistics and Balances

AE eTrack contains global coverage of research and business news, company and industry analysis, forecasts and market intelligence data for alternative energy technologies, including wind, hydro, solar, ocean, geothermal, biofuels, fuel cells.

Featured Environmental Journals


Access any article from 1869 to present in  Nature: International Weekly Journal of Science


Nature Climate Change
A monthly journal publishing original research on the science of climate change,
and its impacts and wider implications for the economy, society and policy.




Global Environmental Change: Human and Policy Dimensions
Interdisciplinary journal spanning the social and natural sciences

Global Environmental Change: Environmental Hazards


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Environment & Behavior
Examines relationships between human behavior and the natural and built environment



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Global Environmental Politics
Analysis of political issues impacting environmental      
management from the local to global levels.

Featured Open-Access Journal


A peer-reviewed journal on the theory and practice of engineering equity, non-oppressive and non-violent approaches.

Featured Archive

Michell Madoff Papers, University of Pittsburgh Archives

Papers of the Pittsburgh activist and politician related primarily to combatting air pollution in Pittsburgh. Collection Dates: 1970-1977.
Extent: 10.0 linear feet (6 boxes) including reports and booklets, research information and newsletters, energy production research, and related proposed testimony and legislation, project correspondence and more.

Featured Projects


Pittsburgh Bike Share
The initial 50 stations will be located throughout the Downtown, Strip District,
Lawrenceville, Bloomfield, Shady Side, and Oakland neighborhoods,
as well as Allegheny-West to the north and Southside Flats to the south.


A Community-Powered Learning Library and Alternative News Center For People Who Want To Change The World

Links to over 3000 films available online for free. The goal of this resource is "to provide citizens of the world with the information and perspectives essential for creating a more just, sustainable and democratic society." An extensive subject list allows you to focus in on your areas of interest.



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Maya Lin to debut Unchopping a Tree at COP 15

Recount your personal memories about beings or habitats that you have experienced as declining or lost to you for the Map of Memory, part of the What is Missing project by artist and architect, Maya Lin.



In  Forest Man filmmaker William Douglas McMaster profiles Jadav Payeng, an environmental activist who has single-handedly planted more than 1,300 acres of trees on the Indian river island Majuli. Since 1979, Payeng has devoted his life to expanding the forest and protecting the animals that live within it. "There are no monsters in nature except for humans," he says. "Nothing is safe from humans, not even tigers or elephants."

McMaster frames the story through a local journalist named Jitu Kalita, who stumbled across the forest in 2009. Kalita wrote an article about his discovery shortly afterward, which turned Payeng's work into a national sensation. "I couldn't believe my eyes," he recalls. "I had found a dense forest in the middle of a barren wasteland."




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Huffington Post. illustrating Bill McKibbin's  "Missing the Drama of the Deepwater Horizon Blowout."
Cross-posted from
Nieman Watchdog



Sept 24 Making the Connection: Air Pollution and Physical Activity

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Tegan Boehmer and Albert Presto
Allegheny General Hospital, Magovern Conference Center
September 24 5-8 p.m. Free and open: registration required
Sponsored by Group Against Smog and Pollution
Dr. Presto is Assistant Research Professor Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University.

Sept 29 "Creating Bridges to Clean Air"

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Tuesday, September 29, 7-9 p.m. Pittsburgh Filmmakers
"An evening showcasing selected film episodes from artists/activists, followed by a panel discussion"

Books, e-Books

Benjamin Stephan and Richard Lane, eds.
The Politics of Carbon Markets (e-book)
Abington, Oxon; New York, NY: Routledge, 2015


Giacomo D'Alisa
Degrowth : a vocabulary for a new era (e-book)
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge Taylor & Francis Group,


Judith, Weis.
Marine pollution : what everyone needs to know (e-book)
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2015

Vandana Shiva. 
The Vandana Shiva Reader (e-book)
Lexington, Kentucky : The University Press of Kentucky, 2015
Culture of the Land series.

Anthony N. Penna
The human footprint : a global environmental history
Chichester, West Sussex, UK ; Malden, MA : Wiley Blackwell, 2015
HUNT NEWBOOK-1 GF13 .P46 2015    


Harold W. Walker.
Harmful algae blooms in drinking water : removal of cyanobacterial cells and toxins
Boca Raton : CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group, 2015.


Etienne Piguet, Frank Laczko, eds, People on the move in a changing climate : the regional impact of environmental change on migration Etienne Piguet, Frank Laczko, editors.  Dordrecht ; New York : Springer, 2014.
HUNT STACKS-2 JV6033 .P46 2014



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The Cambridge Companion to Literature and the Environment.
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2014.
HUNT STACKS-2 PN98 .E36 C36 2014


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The rediscovery of the wild.
HUNT STACKS-2 GF51 .R44 2013

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Carbon footprint analysis :concepts, methods, implementation, and case studies
by Franchetti, Matthew J.
E&S Library - STACKS TD885.5 .C3 F73 2013


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Sanderson, Eric W
Terra nova :the new world after oil, cars, and suburbs.
HUNT STACKS-2 HC110 .E5 S363 2013