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This database is maintained by the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) and is one of many resources available at our Resource Center.

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SourceItem TypeDescriptionURL
Hazard Information Profiles by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)

ReportA set of hazard definitions for monitoring and reviewing implementation which calls for “a data revolution, rigorous accountability mechanisms and renewed global partnerships”.https://www.undrr.org/publication/hazard-information-profiles-hips
Climate Data Dashboard of the European Space Agency Climate Change InitiativeOpen data portalContains official data on aerosol, cloud, greenhouse gases, ozone, ocean colour, sea ice, sea level, sea state, sea surface salinity, sea surface temperature, water vapour, the Antarctic ice sheet, above-ground biomass, and fire. Some of the data goes back to 1978.https://climate.esa.int/en/odp/#/dashboard
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)Publications, books, factsheet, annual report, etc. Contains publications on various enviromental issues by region, topic, type, unit, year, etc. https://www.iges.or.jp/en
CopernicusDatasetsCopernicus is the European Union's Earth observation programme, looking at our planet and its environment. It offers information about the Earth's past, present and future climate.https://cds.climate.copernicus.eu/?fbclid=IwAR3631dXoF2c1OUCOUD9woxrVCMozxMqU508sLYE2uXoBgUyUTyXkxpHM4I#!/home
ECOLEX, portal to environmental lawDatabaseECOLEX is an information service on environmental law, operated jointly by FAO, IUCN and UNEP. ECOLEX is an information service on environmental law, operated jointly by FAO, IUCN and UNEP. The ECOLEX database includes information on treaties, international soft-law and other non-binding policy and technical guidance documents, national legislation, judicial decisions, and law and policy literature. Users have direct access to the abstracts and indexing information about each document, as well as to the full text of most of the information provided.https://www.ecolex.org/
Climate ScorecardReportFind in this report country by country info on the strengths and weaknesses of the country’s power grid system.https://www.climatescorecard.org/project/report-58/
The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)DataGBIF—the Global Biodiversity Information Facility—is an international network and data infrastructure funded by the world's governments and aimed at providing anyone, anywhere, open access to data about biodiversity.https://www.gbif.org/?fbclid=IwAR0vYbSsPRoPI4GpNeo4js2fCeNwIq_7QnFR_gvk3MBUyAJii9wwc79dpTs
NASA's Data ResourcesDataNASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) provides free and open long-term measurements of our dynamic planet with data from the last 30 years.https://climate.nasa.gov/nasa_science/data/
Plan Bleu / SoED 2020: State of Environment and Development in MediterraneanReportsPlan Bleu is one the Regional Activity Centres of the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), put in place by France since 1977. Find reports here in various languages.https://planbleu.org/en/soed-2020-state-of-environment-and-development-in-mediterranean/?fbclid=IwAR3PCyCrrsPwAm5WUVKh66mugxgQVd24CACd89i9oB29SuuGx4nDwXrO_cY
ProtectedPlanet.netInteractive DatabaseProtectedPlanet.net is the online interface for the World Database on Protected Areas, a joint project of IUCN and UNEP, which lists terrestrial and marine protected areas worldwide. ProtectedPlanet.net allows the user to view protected areas by map exploring and intuitive searching, utilizing information from the WDPA, photos from Panoramio and text descriptions from Wikipedia. http://www.protectedplanet.net/
The IUCN Red List of threatened species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature Database; InformationThe database provides the global conservation status of 76,000 plant and animal species, providing detailed information on population, geographic locations, use and trade, threats and conservation actions. Images and links to related external databases are also provided.http://www.iucnredlist.org/
EJAtlas - Global Atlas of Environmental JusticeCatalogue of cases, mapsThe environmental justice atlas documents and catalogues social conflict around environmental issues.

https://ejatlas.org/?fbclid=IwAR3LV24PXANtWCzXEZ5w1jWKu1j59ns106GgRyOUtMTINWoHWEQir3GPpqs
EurostatDatabasesThe EU's statistical office offers databases and statistics on various environmental subjects including: air emission inventories, air emissions accounts, biodiversity, physical energy flow accounts, environmental protection expenditure, environmental goods and services sector, chemicals, material flows and resource productivity, environmental taxes, water.https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/environment/data/database?fbclid=IwAR2l2FohcjhTikuuH8egRQva0eFdpdg9i_ADWw3tMpsBAOG_Tpi4FI5WAU8
European Environment Agency (EEA)PublicationsThe European Environment Agency (EEA) is an agency of the European Union, "whose task is to provide sound, independent information on the environment". You'll find here official EU data and publications.https://www.eea.europa.eu/publications?fbclid=IwAR2_sl47Wfp6fBQ-ZZorN5pmwkbRMlz_M84PLhDailx6Bsz4hRZ3O88ml9w#c7=en&c11=5&c14=&c12=&b_start=0
Friends of the Earth InternationalInformation; Sources; PublicationsThe grassroots environmental network includes 73 national groups and thousands of local activists and is dedicated to "challenging the current model of economic and corporate globalization, and promote solutions that will help to create environmentally sustainable and socially just societies." Areas of focus include Climate justice and energy (includes resisitng mining, oil and gas); Economic justice and resisting neoliberalism; Food sovereignty; Forests and biodiversity; Human rights defenders. You can find the national groups on the website to cultivate as sources.http://www.foei.org/member-groups
The IMO-Vega DatabaseDatabase, publicationsThe International Maritime Organization-Vega Database includes historical data and benefits from a sophisticated search function. It includes up-to-date texts of core IMO requirements (including IMDG Code, SOLAS, MARPOL and IAMSAR Manual) as well as pollution prevention and safety-related documents in English. https://www.imo.org/en/publications/Pages/IMO-Vega.aspx?fbclid=IwAR0JOyUQRiPkLc07-H76lHHwPH0r5FjDEvOmoFKujRVKCdY1lzDSrNYC6Yc
Facts and Figures by the World Nuclear AssociationInformation; DatabaseThe London-based nuclear industry association maintains a searchable database of all nuclear reactors (decommissioned, operating and under construction), including location, status, type, construction data, grid connection, owner, operator and capacity. It also provides statistics on nuclear generation and uranium production by country, fuel heat values and requirements.http://world-nuclear.org/information-library/facts-and-figures.aspx
Ecosystem Services Experts Directory by the World Resources InstituteDatabase; Expert SourcesThe non-profit research organization provides a database of experts searchable by keyword, country/region or subject of expertise. data sets, data platforms and data-based tools. Its open data and tools on affordable and modern energy for all people, on the oceans, water risks, climate plans, greenhouse gas emissions, forests, and timber.https://www.wri.org/data
Data by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)Data; ResourcesThe Task Group on Data Support for Climate Change Assessments aims to provide guidance to the IPCC’s Data Distribution Centre on curation, traceability, stability, availability and transparency of data and scenarios related to the reports of the IPCC.https://www.ipcc.ch/data/
US Energy Information AdministrationInformation; DataThe U.S. federal agency provides international energy statistics, broken down by petroleum, natural gas, coal and electricity. Countries are ranked for each energy source by Production; Consumption; Reserves & Capacity; Imports; Exports. Data and analysis also available.http://www.eia.gov/beta/international/
The Global Climate Dashboard by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationDataThe US agency uses official data to graph global climate change, variability and projections, sorted by temperature, carbon dioxide levels, snow, sea level, arctic sea ice, ocean heat, sun's energy, glaciers and heat-trapping gases.https://www.wri.org/resources/type/research-65
The Nature ConservancyInformation; Expert SourcesThe US-based conservation non-profit has over 600 scientists working on projects in 69 countries, and partners with individuals, governments, local nonprofits and corporations, according to its website. List of experts by region and topic are available.https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/who-we-are/our-people/?tab_q=tab_container-tab_element_20667808
Experts list by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)Information; Expert SourcesThe US-based non-profit advocacy organization has programs in India, China, Canada and Latin America, covering climate change, communities, energy, food, health, oceans, water and the wild. Expert sources are available, searchable by issue or program.https://www.nrdc.org/experts?search=&sort_by=search_api_relevance
The OECD's Environment DirectorateInformation; DatasetsThe website makes "available environmental policy briefs, working papers and other information by categories: Biodiversity, Water and natural resource management; Climate change; Consumption, Innovation and the environment; Environment and development; Environment and trade; Environment in emerging and transition economies; Environmental country reviews; Environmental indicators, modeling and outlooks; Environmental policy tools and evaluation; Greening transport; Resource productivity and waste." Country pages include detailed environmental, pollution and energy indicators, statistics and downloadable datasets.http://www.oecd.org/env/
International and Regional Data Sources by the UN Statistics DivisionDatabases; Tables/Charts; MapsThe website provides links to dozens of international databases, tables/charts and maps managed by government agencies and regional bodies. Organized by 10 UN indicator themes: Air and Climate; Biodiversity; Energy and Minerals; Forests; Governance; Inland Water Resources; Land and Agriculture; Marine and Coastal Areas; Natural Disasters; Waste. Subcategories for Air and Climate include Air Pollution, Climate Change and Greenhouse Gases.http://unstats.un.org/unsd/environment/interlinks.htm
Data on Environment by The World BankDatasetsThe World Bank has dozens of environment-related datasets by country and region, including on forests, biodiversity, emissions and pollution.http://data.worldbank.org/topic/environment
Enviromental Database by the World Trade OrganisationDatabaseThis database contains all environment-related notifications submitted by WTO members as well as environmental measures and policies mentioned in the Trade Policy Reviews of WTO members.https://edb.wto.org/?fbclid=IwAR1xTw7bjoDSzbsUWUZZn14ETogi2XkIYMPzmOskJbrJnlRkKtu9tkDzRbI
Research Guides by Tufts UniversityDatabasesTufts University Research Guides on multiple issues including climate change and global warming.https://researchguides.library.tufts.edu/climate?fbclid=IwAR2J4h8Jepa7XQkj3sYM7SOem7wR8LdD2t97ox2OOxQWlDT4F-Si0meyyZY
Environment Statistics Database by the UN's Statistics DivisionDatasetsUNSD compiles environmental data from national and regional statistics offices and ministries and in some cases makes calculations. Downloadable dataset are in themes such as: Air and Climate; Biodiversity; Energy and Minerals; Forests; Governance; Inland Water Resources; Land and Agriculture; Marine and Coastal Areas; Natural Disasters; Waste. Subcategories for Air and Climate include Air Pollution, Climate Change and Greenhouse Gases. Several detailed datasets are available for each category.http://unstats.un.org/unsd/environment/qindicators.htm
Society of Environmental JournalistsResourcesUseful tools and resources for environmental journalists, including reporter guides by issue and links to government and non-government resources.http://www.sej.org/library/useful-links/overview
The Big Climate Database by CONCITODatabaseYou'll find here the climate footprint of 500 products (meat, seafood, vegetables) we consume. https://denstoreklimadatabase.dk/en?fbclid=IwAR3LV24PXANtWCzXEZ5w1jWKu1j59ns106GgRyOUtMTINWoHWEQir3GPpqs

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