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September 2002

Delve deeper into hot topics featured in NGM’s September issue with help from Resources. Click on a link, pick up a periodical, browse through a book, and explore!
The Book Guy
Grey TabMore Book Guy
State of the PlanetGeographicaWho Knew?
7 Scientists7 Signs of Progress7 Setbacks7 Species on the Brink7 SactuariesClosing Thoughts
State of the Planet

7 Scientists

Ten years ago representatives from more than 178 nations convened in Rio de Janeiro to devise a plan to protect the world’s resources. Now in a follow-up in Johannesburg, world leaders, scientists, and activists are sizing up what, if anything, has changed. National Geographic asked seven scientists to weigh in on the condition of the planet. They pointed out that people have become more aware of Earth’s health, but there has been no real slow-down in habitat destruction and the use of fossil fuels that contribute to global warming. Each year in the United States alone plowing causes two billion tons of topsoil to erode into rivers and flow into the Gulf of Mexico. And greenhouse gases warm the oceans and wreak havoc on marine ecosystems, doing further harm to distant oceans as waters move and mix globally. If that isn’t bad enough, every day we are exposed to synthetic chemicals that interfere with development and reproduction in wildlife and humans.

Web Links

Goldman Environmental Prize
Awarded to individuals who have made a difference, the Goldman Prize celebrates grassroots environmentalists who exhibit extraordinary commitment.

World Summit on Sustainable Development
Ten years after the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, world leaders, scientists, and activists are meeting in Johannesburg to discuss how to protect Earth’s resources. Visit the official UN website for the Johannesburg Summit 2002.

Conservation International
Celebrating 15 years of biodiversity conservation this year, Conservation International works to protect the world’s natural heritage and to improve the lives of local people. Get the latest news about its programs at this site.

World Resources Institute
The World Resources Institute is an environmental think tank that goes beyond research to look for practical ways to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. Find data here on a broad range of environmental issues.

Worldwatch Institute
Learn more about emerging global problems and trends at the website of the Worldwatch Institute, a research organization dedicated to informing policymakers and the public about the complex links between the world economy and the environment.

World Wildlife Fund
A conservation leader for more than 40 years, WWF focuses on saving endangered species and protecting endangered spaces. Read about the Global 200—a list of Earth’s most diverse terrestrial, freshwater, and marine habitats—and get a wildlife “Fact of the Day” at this site.

Free World Map

Although the health of the planet is improving, Earth still suffers from a number of significant problems such as wildlife extinctions, global warming, and the indiscriminate use of oil. What can one person do to improve the health of our planet? Voice your opinion.

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