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The SEDAC Thematic Portal on Environmental Sustainability provides access to the latest global data, documentation, and visualization and analysis tools for those interested in the subject of environmental sustainability.
This section presents a variety of information on the physical environment of the United States. The subjects covered are mostly concerned with environmental trends but include related subjects such as land use, water consumption, air pollutant emissions, toxic releases, oil spills, hazardous waste sites, municipal waste and recycling, threatened and endangered wildlife, and the environmental industry.
A source of international statistics on aspects of international and domestic finance. Users can download the data, but in order to use the download function, you need to first sign-in/create a free user account.
This site provides web access to most of the data found in the 1990 census. It is searchable by keyword, or you can browse the subject listing. To find data on a state or county, click on "Access Tools" and then "Map Stats". Like most Government sites, this one can be slow to load.
NationMaster is a massive central data source and a handy way to graphically compare nations. NationMaster is a vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD. You can generate maps and graphs on all kinds of statistics with ease.
Sustainability Indicators reviews the development and value of sustainability indicators and discusses the advantage of taking a holistic and qualitative approach rather than focusing on strictly quantitative measures. They also provide an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of projects that undertake work in the general field of sustainable development.
The presented papers provide information on how to use operational satellites and in-situ measurements for early detection of large-scale droughts, floods and fires, diagnose crop and pasture annual losses, predict periods with health/unhealthy vegetation based on such climate forcing events as ENSO, monitor air quality and geomagnetic activities, assess land cover trends in response to global warming etc.
Social Explorer provides access to current and historical census data and demographic information and lets users create maps and reports to illustrate, analyze, and understand demography and social change. Among other documents Social Explorer includes the entire US Census from 1790 to 2010, annual updates from the American Community Survey, the Religious Congregations and Membership Study (RCMS) from 1980 to 2010 and Carbon Emissions Data for 2002 from the Vulcan Project.