Environment Resources

Environment Resources


GIJN: Supercharge Your Environmental Investigative Stories with Data and Visuals

GIJN Guide to Investigating Sea Level Rise

Global Environment Climate Tracker

Congo Atlas Forestier
List of forest concessions, the names of the companies, etc.

Timber Trade Portal
Track forestry sectors.

Forest Trends
Conservation and economy. Includes data on trade.

Society of Environmental Journalists

Environmental Working Group
Research on health and the environment.

Webcam and weather station reports
webcam and weather station report.

Pharos Project
A free tool to help journalists quickly research chemical hazards for over 60,000 substances and hundreds of thousands of synonyms. Aggregates hazard determinations from a wide range of state, national and international governmental scientific bodies into a quick thumbnail view. Find chemicals, get GreenScreen List Translator Scores, check chemicals against RSLs, and link chemical identifiers and key characteristics. The Data Commons lets you create groups of chemicals to compare and track their hazards.

Toxic Waste Sites and Environmental Justice Research Roundup
A 2019 post from Harvard’s Journalist’s Resource.

A map that contains thousands of free, high-res satellite images of the Earth.

Explore tools, review reports, and discover ways to help the planet.

Google Environmental Insights Explorer
Call up city to look at emissions, air quality and other data taken from models in Google Maps. If your city is not there, you can write and request it. Methodology explained at bottom of city datasets.

Online training and resources for journalists, designers and developers to dive into data visualization using geographic data.

AMP Media News: Eight Ways to Nail Climate Emergency Reporting

NASA Global Climate Change

NASA Global Climate Change: Satellite Record Data Shows Climate Change’s Impact on Fires

Amazon Mining Watch
Amazon Mining Watch uses machine learning to map the scars of mining activities in the Amazonian countries. By constantly analyzing high-resolution and historical satellite images, this tool aims at identifying the fast-paced growth of open-pit mining in the largest rainforest in the world. This database is here to help journalists, activists, and researchers better understand the causes and impacts of the mining industry.

GIJN: Supercharge Your Environmental Investigative Stories with Data and Visuals

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GIJN: Tracking Environmental Crime in the Ukraine War

Google Global Forest Watch

GIJN: Tracking Environmental Crime in the Ukraine War

Journalism.co.uk: How to Use Climate Change Imagery Effectively

Google Global Fishing Watch
Track fishing vessels around the globe.

Global Surface Water Explorer
A virtual time machine that maps the location and temporal distribution of water surfaces at the global scale over the past 3.5 decades, and provides statistics on their extent and change to support better informed water-management decision-making.

The Journalist’s Resource: Carbon Pricing Research

World Climate Service
WCS provides global subseasonal and seasonal forecast (i.e., long-range forecasts) to commercial entities. The site is helpful to journalists because long-lead forecasts are becoming a critical source of information to detect emerging climate hazard risks.

The Lancet’s Health and Climate Change Report (2022)

Fire Safety Research Institute

Project Drawdown
A nonprofit organization that seeks to help the world reach “Drawdown”— the future point in time when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline.

Graphics and data galore on environmental issues.

Nieman Lab: Dangers of Covering Environmental Disasters
Dealing with the physical and mental toll of covering wildfires, hurricanes and other disasters.

GIJN Sustainability Resources

GIJN: Out of Africa: Powering Up Geo-Journalism for Investigative Environmental Reporting

Lenfest Institute: List of Resources for Covering the Climate

Environmental Justice Atlas
Newly documented cases and information are continuously added to the platform. However, many are still undocumented and new ones arise. Please note that the absence of data does not indicate the absence of conflict. The site is run by Institute of Environmental Science and Technology.

Google Crisis Response US Wildfires Map
Wildfires around the country. Map includes public alerts and other information.

2018 Camp Fire Crisis Map (Northern California)
For the California Fires, the Google Crisis Response team has made available Crisis Maps with information specific to the Camp Fire in Butte County and the Woolsey Fire in Ventura County. We are also publishing a KML with updated satellite imagery for use in Google. The maps contain a variety of available information, including shelters, traffic, fire perimeters, and some satellite imagery. As additional data becomes available, the team will add it to the maps.

Database of experts features underrepresented voices and perspectives in science, health and environment work.

2018 Wooley Fire Crisis Map (Southern California-Malibu)
For the California Fires, the Google Crisis Response team has made available Crisis Maps with information specific to the Camp Fire in Butte County and the Woolsey Fire in Ventura County. We are also publishing a KML with updated satellite imagery for use in Google. The maps contain a variety of available information, including shelters, traffic, fire perimeters, and some satellite imagery. As additional data becomes available, the team will add it to the maps.

GIJN: Climate Crisis Ideas for Investigative Journalists

GIJN Guide to Investigating Methane a Key to Fighting Climate Change

Plant ID
Upload a photo of a plant to identify it.

InfoNile: Sucked Dry – Foreign Land Deals Threaten to Impair River Nile, Displace Millions

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Covering Climate Now
A global journalism initiative organized by journalists, for journalists. It was co-founded in April 2019 by the Columbia Journalism Review, and The Nation, in association with The Guardian. Partners include more than 400 news outlets with a combined audience approaching 2 billion people.

Journalism.co.uk: Take Climate Change Storytelling up a Notch

Reporting on Climate Adaptation
Features an extensive resource database and series of backgrounders to help improve coverage of society’s preparation for the impacts of climate change.

National Landcover Database
Land cover information at the national scale for a wide variety of environmental, land management, and modeling applications.

Crop Prophet
US crop forecasts based on machine learning models relating weather to crop production.

NASA Landsat
Pull satellite imagery.

This online museum features a collection of more than 600 innovative, interactive exhibits about science, nature, art, technology, etc.

USGS Social Media Accounts to Follow
Key accounts for tracking earthquakes and environmental news.

GIJN: Climate Change Accountability: GIJN’s Guide to Investigating Methane

U.S. Energy Information Administration

Poynter: 7 Tips for Conducting Better Interviews with Scientists

Global Forest Watch
Info and data on deforestation and more.

Journalist’s Resource: Covering Extreme Weather – What to Avoid and How to Get It Right

U.S. Department of Agriculture: Fisheries and Aquaculture Department

Covering Insurance Industry and Climate Change Concerns
From the Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism.

NASA Worldview
Satellite imagery galore.

NOAA: 1991-2020 U.S. Climate Normals Quick Access


Environmental News Network

Digital Observatory for Protected Areas (DOPA) Explorer
An online catalog of internationally protected areas.

Protected Planet
Most up-to-date and complete source of data on protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures (OECMs), updated monthly with submissions from governments, non-governmental organizations, landowners and communities.

Arbor Day Foundation
Media page has press releases, logos/illustrations, PSAs, storm recovery kit and more.

Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (Energy)

Sustainable Gardening Library
Check out the Sustainable Gardening Library to learn how to garden, farm, and use the land more sustainably from experts at public gardens, colleges and universities, and government agencies. We work to spread the word about their research, demonstration gardens, and educational programs to help solve some of the problems that threaten the health of our planet.

Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources
The organization promotes public dialogue about natural resource issues through programs that inform, empower and inspire better journalism.

National Wildlife Federation

Environmental activist group with dozens of blogs, press center, sources, etc.

Eight Mistakes First-Time Eclipse-Chasers Make

Free Climate
Must have Microsoft Silverlight installed to run it.

Covering Pipelines Tipsheet
Great list of tips and links to databases on covering pipeline issues.

Natural Resources Defense Council

Asia Association of Environmental Professionals (AAEP)
AAEP is a non-profit, multi-discipline organization providing a forum for the discussion of the latest developments in environmental regulation, control technologies, and business opportunities in the environmental field.

For more training videos, visit our YouTube page.

Global Environment Climate Tracker

Congo Atlas Forestier
List of forest concessions, the names of the companies, etc.

Timber Trade Portal
Track forestry sectors.

Forest Trends
Conservation and economy. Includes data on trade.

Natural Resources Defense Council
A nice resource for expert sources and studies. The organization releases studies on the environment, including beaches, erosion and water quality. The organization claims it “works to protect wildlife and wild places and to ensure a healthy environment for all life on earth.”

Fragile Oasis
A space blog about how to improve the environment on Earth.

The Sierra Club
Conservation site has a press room, politics and issues section, video and more.

Washington Post: The Climate Agenda

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Water Center
Research, education, newsletter and links.

CDC: Environmental Health

Backpacker Magazine

Why (and How) You Should Include Public Lands, Tourism and Indigenous Issues in Your Climate Change Coverage
NICAR 22 presentation from Sophie Will.

National Zoo
Photos and information on all kinds of animals.

Environmental Law and Policy Center

Defenders of Wildlife

News and articles on science, health, environment and technology.

Garden Writers Association

Climate Central
The site describes itself as “an independent, non-profit journalism and research organization…helping mainstream Americans understand how climate change connects to them.”

GIJN: Data Tools and Tips for Investigating Climate Change

Mission is to make known the sustainability impact of all economic activities on the planet. Provides science-based carbon accounting software and tailored advice from net zero experts, enabling companies to reduce their carbon footprints. Includes a Business Carbon Calculator to help small businesses reduce carbon footprint.

NASA: Panoply
A cross-platform application that runs on Macintosh, Windows, Linux and other desktop computers, this tool plots geo-referenced and other arrays from netCDF, HDF, GRIB, and other datasets. NetCDF data files can be uploaded to make customized maps.

NOAA Tides and Currents Data
Global data on local sea levels.

NOAA Coral Reef Watch Site
Tracks not only coral but daily SST anomalies, temperature anomalies from normal for the top layer of the water.

Developed by Enviornmental Defense, a nonprofit group. Offers U.S. average wood consumption energy use, and other environmental impacts of different kinds of paper.

Smithsonian Wild
A photostream of animals and birds from around the world.

A clearinghouse of breaking news and studies of environmental issues.

Environmental News Network
This started as a print newsletter but is a news site updated constantly.

A list of links and information on organizations, business, publications, online databases and software, research, and education for air pollution, biotechnology, chemistry, ecology, impact and risk assessment, laws, pollution, sustainable development, soil and wetlands, and water and wastewater.

Dept. of Energy: Active Oil Rigs
Use this state-by-state map to see where oil rigs are running in the United States.

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Animal Legal Defense Fund

California Coastal Records Project
This site features an aerial photographic survey of the California Coast and updates on a periodic basis. This photographic database contains over 12,000 frames of the California coast shot since 2002.

Alternative Fueling Station Locator

National Academy of Sciences: U.S. Earthquake Resilience Needs Strengthening

Energy Information Administration Country Analysis Briefs
Official energy stats from the U.S. government. Use this image map to look up information.

Recycling tips galore.

From Wikipedia, this site explores the environment.


Alligator fatal attacks and encounters with humans: Historical data and research
From Journalist’s Resource at Harvard University.

American Society for Microbiology


National Gardening Association

The Food and Environment Reporting Network
Claims to be an independent, non-profit news organization that does investigative work on agriculture, environmental health and food.

Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center
Government site offers tip sheets, contacts, studies and other resources.

Petroleum Reduction Planning Tool
Consumer guide to cutting fuel costs. From the Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center.

Academy of Natural Sciences

Grist: Environmental News

TrailLink Trails Database
A database of free trail information that allows you to acess surface types, locations, distances and even photos.

Seek App
Download phone app and use it to identify a plant, bug or animal and get background information.

International Fund for Animal Welfare
International non-profit that works on a variety of wild and domestic animal issues. It has offices in 15 countries and more than 2 million supporters. It was founded in 1969 to stop the Canadian baby seal hunt and now works on animal issues ranging from whales to elephants to the bushmeat crisis in Africa. The site has a plethora of information, statistics, white papers and scientific reports that may be an asset to any journalist writing about wild or domestic animal issue.

American Lung Association: State of the Air 2012

Academic Earth: World’s Top Scholars
Search this database of video lectures.

National Parks Traveler

PollingReport.com: Environment Poll Collection
Search by group name, incident, leaders, members and cases.

World Energy “Areas to Watch”

Jean-Michel Cousteau explores the Northwestern Hawaiian islands.

Alliance to Save Energy

Online Archaeology
Field notes, profiles, find of the week, etc.

Food & Water Watch
Consumer group site targeted at abuse of enviornmental resources by corporations, such as water companies, fish farms and factories.

USDA: Forest Service

Geological Society of America

PBS: Evolution
Web site based on the miniseries. Includes background information, photos and videos.

The Ecology Center
Publishes a paper quarterly, Terrain; there’s a link on the main site.

National Parks Conservation Association

U.S. Public Interest Research Groups
Transportation, healthcare, money and politcs, media reform, tax and budget, law, higher education and environmental issues.

Another superb environment site.

Eco-travels in Latin America. News articles, search, resources and more!

Comprehensive resource of environmental information, tools and data aimed at the mainstream business community.

Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund

Food and Water Watch

Ask a Biologist
From the National Science Foundation and Arizona State University.

The Why Files
From the National Science Foundation, this site looks at the science, math and technology questions behind the news.

Outdoor Writers Association of America

Recycler’s World
Information on recycling just about any material you can think of.

Lycos Environment News
A daily update of environmental news.

MSNBC Environment Page

The Amicus Journal
A quarterly environmental magazine online.

Several price comparison tools and more.

Plant Encyclopedia

Official U.S. Earthquake Hazards Program
Background, research, regional sites, seismic networks and more.

Volcano Live
Updated news and Webcams on eruptions around the world.

The Sierra Club

A great site for allergy sufferers or anyone writing about allergy season.

California’s Pacific Gas & Electric
The site features several pages related to the blackouts, including maps, company bankruptcy documents and more.

Society of American Foresters
Scientific organization for the profession.

Wildlife Society
Scientific organization for the profession.

GlobalStewards.org: Environmental Tips
Tips on dealing with floods.

Food and Agriculture Organization of America
Stories and press releases on global trends, economics, forestry and more.

Earth Times

Earth Science Picture of the Day

Geo Currents
A map-illustrated forum dedicated to exploring global geography. Most posts link to current events, supplying historical background, spatial analysis, and political and intellectual context.


U.S. Geological Society
Detailed explanations tailored to the media.

Look up real surfing spots.

The Mountain Institute

National Weather Service: National Tornado Fatality Map
This image map allows you to click on states/cities where deaths occurred.

Garden Writers Association

National Gardening Association

MSNBC/Live Science: How Earthquakes Work

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Has a great links, press and glossary sections.


Blue Planet Foundation
Advocates for safe drinking water.

Group that opposes bottled water.

LA Times Environment Section

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Pew Center on Global Climate Change

American Geological Society: Earth Science World Image Bank

GIJN Guide to Investigating Sea Level Rise

Freshwater Ecoregions of the World

U.S. Green Building Council

EPA Fuel Economy Guide
Lists vehicles that get the best/worst gas mileage, fuel-saving tips, etc.

United States Geological Survey: Water Resources of the United States

EPA Green Vehicle Guide

American Planning Association: Great Places in America
Site examines what makes for great neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces work.

Ranks companies based on their impact on global warming.

EcoWorldly – International Environmental News for the World Citizen

The Organic Center

American Wind Energy Association


Association of Battery Recyclers

NY Times: Dangers of Aging Dams, Flooding

MNN – Mother Nature Network
Breaking news, articles, blogs, videos, and how-to guides. You can search by format or category.

National Recycling Coalition

The Glass Packaging Institute Recycling Page

Geology.com: U.S. Map Collections for All 50 States

Knight Center Beat Guide: Energy Resources

Energy Information Administration
Resources from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Search for parks by location/activity. It’s run by L.L. Bean, so it’s trying to sell you clothes at the same time. Still, it’s a pretty handy tool.

Maritime Museum


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