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Learn about current environmental issues: browse the EnviroLink Network
Review an example of social aspects of disasters
Read the article: Signs from Earth: What in the World is Going On?  on National Geographic Magazine September, 2004 issue or click on <> for online version of the article.
Investigate the relationship between mining and the environment
Review the impact of hurricanes on coastal the environment
Familiarize yourself with the way hazards are dealt with hazards and risks

Review some issues about global changeNOTE: In 1995 the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of 2,000 scientists reported that global warming was increasing due to the "greenhouse effect" of increased CO2 emissions and the loss of oxygen-producing forests.
In mid-April, 2000, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration reported  that January-February-March were the warmest months in the 105 years that records have been kept.
Learn more about Atmospheric Greenhouse Gases  NOTE: In 1997 the Kyoto Protocol was signed by the United States and 121 other nations on Dec. 11 to reduce C02 emissions, but Congress refused ratification
Global warming and our climatic change, some frequently asked questions
Investigate the role of urbanization in climate change
Review some cases of DISASTER MONITORING
Learn more about oil spills

NOTE: On March 24, 1989 the tanker Exxon Valdez  ran aground off the coast of Alaska and spilled 37,000 tons of oil into Prince William Sound, killing 50,000 birds and other fish and wildlife; Congress voted to halt timbering in the Alaskan Tsongass National Forest, the last temperate rain forest in the U.S. - link to the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council. In the March 26, 1989 photo from AP at right, the Exxon Baton Rouge, top, off-loads crude oil  from the Exxon Valdez after it ran aground in Prince William sound in Alaska.
 Review the Nuclear Power Reactors and how they generate electricity.
Investigate the Waste Management in the Nuclear Fuel Cycle
Investigate about the Chelyabinsk Nuclear Disasters and why it is considered The Most Contaminated Spot on the Planet
Have a look at the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor near-meltdown in Pennsylvania; April, 1979

March 28, 2004: 25th Anniversary of the TMI Unit-2 Meltdown:  Three Mile Island nuclear power plant loses coolant and partially melts down. This is a telling blow for the nuclear power industry, already under fire for safety
problems in other plants, construction cost overruns and lack of planning for radioactive waste disposal.
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