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The Earth Portal

The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) announced the launch of the Earth Portal Exit EPA Disclaimer.  Earth Portal is a comprehensive, free and dynamic resource for timely, objective, science-based information about the environment built by a global community of environmental experts: educators, physical, life, and social scientists, scholars, and professionals who have joined together to communicate to the world.

In contrast to information from anonymous sources with no quality control, the Earth Portal is created and governed by individuals and organizations that put their names behind their words and where attribution and expert-review for accuracy are fundamental.

The Earth Portal includes:

  1. Encyclopedia of Earth Exit EPA Disclaimer has an initial 2,300 articles from over 700 experts from 46 countries, as well as such content partners as the World Wildlife Fund and the United Nations Environment Programme. The Encyclopedia is a means for the global scientific community to come together to produce the first free, comprehensive expert-driven information resource on the environment. The Encyclopedia includes articles, e-books and reports, interactive maps, and biographies, and will eventually be published in other major languages. Environmental scholars and experts are invited to become contributors to the Encyclopedia.
  2. Earth News Exit EPA Disclaimer includes breaking news updates from many sources, with links from key words to Encyclopedia articles, enabling readers to learn about the science behind the headlines.
  3. Earth Forum Exit EPA Disclaimer allows the public to engage in discussions with experts, ask questions and get answers, and to participate in community debates about issues that matter to them.
  4. Environment in Focus Exit EPA Disclaimer provides an exploration of a major issue each week – energy, climate change, environmental economics and other topics – led by a prominent expert in the subject and involving articles, news, places, discussions, Q&A, interesting facts, and more.

The National Council for Science and the Environment Exit EPA Disclaimer is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the scientific basis for environmental decision-making. The NCSE specializes in programs that foster collaboration among diverse institutions, communities and individuals. The Council works closely with those creating and using environmental knowledge, including research, education, environmental, and business organizations, as well as governmental bodies at all levels.
While an advocate for science and its use, the Council does not take positions on environmental outcomes. This enables the Council to provide a neutral forum for all.
The NCSE serves as secretariat for a growing Environmental Information Coalition of environmental experts and organizations, which is building the Earth Portal. ManyOne Networks, an IT firm based near San Jose, California, provided the engineering and vision for the Earth Portal.

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