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These are some initial resources that you might find useful as you begin your investigation of air quality. They are by no means a complete list; use the Recommended Search Engines to find additional sources of information.

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General Air Resource Links:  

EPA - Air Topics Home Page
This site provides general access to all air quality issues of concern to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. www.epa.gov/ebtpages/air.html

Clear the Air Task Force
This site provides information, fact sheets, and reports regarding air quality issues related to dirty power plants. http://cta.policy.net/fact/

Keeping an Eye on Ozone:
This Pathfinder Science site explores ground level ozone, believed to be the most ubiquitous air pollutant and the cause of much injury to the biosphere. This site includes background information, research opportunities, and assistance to teachers to direct their upper elementary through high school students in project based learning activities about ground level ozone. www.pathfinderscience.net/ozone/

Natural Resources Defense Council
This site provides answers to frequently asked questions about clean air, energy, and air pollution from the perspective of environmental protection advocates. Other pages on the site also provide more in-depth discussions of these issues. www.nrdc.org/air/pollution/fnsr.asp



Project A.I.R.E.:  

Project A.I.R.E. - A Guide for Educators
EPA produced instructional materials spanning the topic of air quality, designed for grades K - 12, to help students think more critically and creatively about air pollution problems and the alternatives for resolving them. Individual sections of this publication, as well as the entire document, are available on the web at: www.epa.gov/region01/students/teacher/aire.html



Asthma Resource Links:  

Asthma Kids Page
Read about Jill's Asthma story. Visit EPA's Office of Children's Health Protection or EPA's Kids Page. Also link to asthma facts, triggers, quiz, resources, and partners. www.epa.gov/iaq/asthma/kids/index.html

Asthma and Indoor Environments
EPA's asthma and indoor environments program. www.epa.gov/iaq/asthma/

Asthma Facts

Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics Kids Page
Word jumble, kid's asthma check, stories. www.aanma.org/playtime/

Asthma Public Service Campaign
Children with asthma, how to manage your child's indoor environment, keys to preventing your child's attacks, what is an asthma management plan? www.noattacks.org/

American Lung Association Asthma Information

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
Dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with asthma and allergies through education, advocacy, and research. www.aafa.org/

Junior Asthma Club Kid' Zone
Asthma facts, A for asthma, free membership. www.asthma.org.uk/kidszone/index.html

All about asthma - Asthma News
Your questions, asthma news, booklets, factsheets, resources. www.asthma.org.uk/infoan.html

Air pollution may trigger asthma in young athletes
An article published by the University of Southern California. www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2002-01/uosc-apm013002.php

Canadian Lung Association
The site offers information, resources and lots of activities for students in grades 1-3, 4-6, 7-12. www.lung.ca/teachers/

Asthma and Schools
This site "consolidates information about asthma-related resources for school personnel working with grades K-12. The simple, searchable database links to educational materials, medical information, websites, and other resources useful for anyone who works in a school serving children and youth." www.asthmaandschools.org/

PBS Kids Asthma Health Tips
This site provides a unit on asthma, activities, parent information pages, and treatment plans. http://pbskids.org/arthur/grownups/health_tips/asthma.html



Visibility Resource Links:  

Grand Canyon visibility links:
Air Quality and the Grand Canyon

The Colorado Internet Center for Environmental Problem Solving provides links on air quality and the Grand Canyon. www.colorado.edu/conflict/CASES/aqualgrncyn.html

National Park Service Air Quality Monitoring
Monitoring air quality during fire at Grand Canyon. www.aqd.nps.gov/pubs/yir/yir99/pages/03science/07opperman_fire.htm

National Park Service Visibility Monitoring
Activities include research on all aspects of the visibility issue, design and operation of a long-term visibility monitoring program, development of standard air quality/visibility simulation models for predicting new source impacts, and development and implementation of national visibility protection policies. www2.nature.nps.gov/ard/vis/vishp.html

Air Quality and the Grand Canyon Trust
A description of visibility in the Grand Canyon by Grand Canyon Trust. http://beta3.c-t-g.com/air%20quality%20main.htm

Great Smoky Mountains visibility links:
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
The official homepage of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians located in western North Carolina at the town of Cherokee, adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. http://www.cherokee-nc.com/

Live Camera View of Great Smoky Mountains
This site provides a live view of the conditions from Look Rock in the national park, as well as the current ozone and particulate matter readings. http://www2.nature.nps.gov/ard/parks/grsm/grsmcam/grsmcam.htm

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The official in-depth homepage of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with many informational links. http://www.nps.gov/grsm/gsmsite/home/

National Parks Conservation Association
This site provides both the reasons for why the most visited park in the nation is consistently placed on the top 10 most endangered list, and what can be done about it. http://www.npca.org/across_the_nation/ten_most_endangered/smokiesfacts.asp



Mercury Resource Links:  

USGS Mercury in the Environment
Fact sheet that includes toxic effects, risk to people, risk to wildlife, fish advisories, sources of mercury, environments where methylmercury is a problem, and mercury contamination - past, present, and future. www.usgs.gov/themes/factsheet/146-00/

U.S. EPA Mercury Website
Includes general information, actions, fish advisories, and technical information.

Mercury in the Air
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - At this website, you will find documents related to the development of a proposed mercury emissions reduction rule. This is the first rulemaking the DNR air program has undertaken to establish emission limitations for a hazardous air pollutant because of its bioaccumulative effects in the environment.

EIA Environment Consumer Education Initiative
Mercury is listed under chemical information. The site provides industry position statements, mercury reports, and mercury recycling databases.

Mercury Pollution Prevention Education Project
The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning is engaged in a Mercury Pollution Prevention Education Project that focuses on education, technical assistance, and mercury collection opportunities for significant sources of mercury. Through this program, the County is working with residents, schools, dentists, and hospitals to help them reduce their use and release of mercury.

South Florida Restoration Science Forum
Includes: Can control of local sources reduce the risks? How will Everglades restoration affect mercury risks? Can management of water quantity or quality reduce the risks? Tracing Foodweb Relations and Fish Migratory Habits in the Everglades and Mercury Toxicity in the Food Chain. Also related sites.

Additional USGS Sites:
Mercury Contamination of Aquatic Ecosystems
Mercury Research in the USGS



Energy Resource Links:  

Renewable Energy Links
David Rezachek provides an annotated list of renewable energy links. Other topics include solar, electric, and hybrid vehicles.

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Environmental Division
St. Regis Mohawk Tribe describes the Pace Energy Project. As electricity costs continue to increase and natural resources are further depleted, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is looking for ways to conserve, produce and better utilize energy. To this end, the Tribe began working with the Pace University School of Law in evaluating energy efficiency and renewable resources on Nation lands with the Pace Energy Project.

Indian Sustainable Energy News
This issue presents Tribes Reach Out to Lower Energy Bills, Residential Energy Conservation Retrofits, an Interview with Laura Weber and Adrian McDonald of St. Regis Mohawk, resources, news briefs, and news from Native American Renewable Energy Education Project.
This is a PDF file, so you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open it. It's free!

Native American Renewable Energy Education Project
A two-page brochure describing NAREEPs mission and programs.
This is a PDF file, so you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open it. It's free!

Alliance of California Tribes
The Alliance of California Tribes has posted the following article from the Baltimore Sun: Power Plants Sprout on Indian Reservations, Tax Breaks Abound; Approval is Routine.

Energy Information Clearinghouse for the Cultural Community
The mission of the Energy Information Clearinghouse for the Cultural Community is to: gather and share information on the current and potential energy-related problems of cultural institutions; and help cultural institutions, organizations and agencies identify and deal with the anticipated and unanticipated consequences of current and potential energy-related problems. Information includes energy updates, energy links, energy articles, energy FAQs, contingency planning, and energy and cultural institutions: 2001.

Energy Crisis Gives Juice to New Trend: Indian Power Plants
An Associated Press article on the first power plant built on tribal land to provide electricity on the wholesale market.

Energy Sites for Teachers and Kids:  

NEED Project
National Energy Education Development (NEED) makes teaching energy easy and fun. Materials are available for all grade levels from kindergarten through high school. Some of these can be printed directly from the web as PDF files at www.need.org/guides.htm

Energy & Society
Project Learning Tree has developed the Energy & Society program to provide both formal and nonformal educators with tools and activities to help students in grades PreK - 8 learn about their relationship with energy and its related environmental issues. Music and dance are incorporated to enhance the study of energy issues. Information about the materials is available on the Project Learning Tree web site www.plt.org

Global Atmospheric Change
A teacher's guide to a science-technology-society issue investigation and action unit for middle and high school science courses. Topics include global atmospheric change - enhanced greenhouse effect, ozone layer depletion, & ground-level ozone pollution.

Watts on Schools
Solar energy related activities for grades K through 12. Bringing solar energy to the communities we share. All activities are available in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format, software that is available for free from Adobe.

The ATOMS Family
Science Learning Network resource based on The Atoms Family exhibit currently on display at The Miami Museum of Science. This resource contains educational activities for grades K through 12 relating to different forms of energy, and is being presented by famous gothic horror characters.

Energy Chest
A treasure-trove of information and activities to support energy studies in UK schools. The site includes basic information on energy and its use, curriculum activities, notes for teachers and a library of links to other energy and environmental sites.

Energy Quest
Energy Quest is the award-winning energy education website of the California Energy Commission. Energy is an integral part of our daily lives. Without energy our society would decay into pre-historic savagery. Teaching an "energy ethic" to conserve finite resources is essential to our energy future, which is currently dependent on fossil fuels. We also must rely on our youth to help us create new ways to harness the elemental forces of our planet and the universe. They are tomorrow's scientists and inventors. They will discover new means of energy production and innovative ways to use less energy. We hope Energy Quest will answer their questions and spur creativity and imagination.

Office Of Transportation Technologies - Kids Page
Visit the following links for lots of fun games, puzzles, and educational information to help children and young adults learn about alternative and advanced fuels and vehicles.

Environmental Education - Energy and Transportation
Links on this page are for activities and materials dealing with energy conservation, alternative energy, and the environmental impacts of energy use and transportation.

EIA Kid's Page:
A fun site hosted by kid-friendly "Energy Ant", students and teachers learn more energy sources, how we use energy in the U.S., and much, much more. The site is maintained by the Energy Information Administration in the U.S. Department of Energy, with the cooperation of the National Energy Education Development Project. www.eia.doe.gov/kids

Fueling the Future:
This page [co-sponsored by the National Energy Foundation and the Salt Lake Clean Cities Coalition] provides information about alternative fuel vehicles and fuels, plus educational materials and learning activities for teachers and students, and shares links to other organizations that provide additional information regarding these topics. www.nef1.org/ftf/index.html




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Last updated: May 26, 2005