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Local Issues


  • Burlington Green - A non-profit, non-partisan, environmental organization that works with citizens, community groups and governments to support sustainable development.
  • City of Burlington - Environment - What's new, reports, committees, including information on and reports of the Burlington Sustainable Development Committee.
  • Bronte Creek Provincial Park - Stream, forests, and an operating 1900 farm await you, along with hiking, biking, cross-country trails, and events. Located between Burlington and Oakville.
  • Bruce Trail Conservancy - The Bruce Trail, Canada's oldest and longest footpath, provides the only public access to the magnificent Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
  • Clean Air Partnership (CAP) - The Clean Air Partnership, of which Halton Public Health is a partner, is a registered charity that was launched at the Toronto Smog Summit in June, 2000.
  • Conservation Halton - A comprehensive site on conservation efforts in Halton. Features programs, a bulletin board, conservation issues, links or you can download a trail map and explore the areas.
  • Halton Partners for Clean Air - Clean Air Plan - A document that outlines clean air strategies for employers/employees and community/individuals.
  • Halton Region Waste Management Services - Details the community waste management and recycling program from Halton Region, Planning and Public Works Department.
  • Hamilton Naturalists' Club - Local site of a club active all aspects of the environment including bird study. Has links to many good birding Web sites. 


General Topics


  • Canadian Environmental Network - The national body whose mission is to support, facilitate and advance the work of its member groups to protect the Earth and promote ecologically sound ways of life.
  • David Suzuki Foundation - Reports and news releases with an emphasis on climate change, the Pacific salmon and forestry issues.
  • Earth Island Institute - EII provides organizational support in developing projects for the conservation, preservation, and restoration of the global environment. Also featured is the Earth Island Journal. The site is searchable and contains the tools to face a host of contemporary environmental issues.
  • Earthwatch Institute - An international nonprofit organization which supports scientific field research worldwide through its volunteers and scientists working together to improve our understanding of the planet.
  • Ecozones of Canada - Canada's ecozones and the general concepts of ecological classification.
  • EnviroInfo - Environmental Information Resources - From the University of Minho, Portugal, a subject index of Internet resources to Environmental Science and Technology. Information on organizations, business, publications, online databases, research and education.
  • EnviroLink Network - An online environmental network uniting organizations and volunteers from around the globe. Offers a forum, resources and support for related interest groups.
  • Environment Canada - Environment Canada's environment portal including the Weatheroffice and evolving federal environmental policies and information.
  • Environment Directory - An environment search engine, as well as a subject index offering links to sites.
  • Environmental Defense Fund - A worldwide resource featuring a free newsletter, news releases, global reports, and an interactive set of pages. The EDF partners with businesses, governments and communities to find practical environmental solutions.
  • Environmental Literacy Council - This organization is dedicated to helping citizens, especially young people, participate wisely through an understanding of the systems of the natural world.
  • Environmental Registry - Ontario's Environmental Registry contains "public notices" about environmental matters being proposed by all government ministries covered by the Environmental Bill of Rights. The public notices may contain information about proposed new laws, regulations, policies and programs or about proposals to change or eliminate existing ones.
  • Friends of Clayoquot Sound - An organization whose mission is to be advocates for the protection and defence of the ancient forest, fish and wildlife, air, land and water of Clayoquot Sound.
  • Greenpeace Canada - All about the Canadian arm of the international organization. Includes current campaigns, issues and media releases.
  • Greenpeace International - The searchable main site of the reknowned international organization.
  • Ontario Environment Network (OEN) - The OEN is a non-profit, non-governmental network seeking to increase awareness of environmental groups throughout Ontario and Canada. It supports numerous sites and contains postings of Action Alerts, and notices of events on related issues.
  • Ontario Ministry of the Environment - The Ministry's searchable site featuring news, Ministry reports, events, publications.
  • PollutionWatch - An environmental information service provided through a partnership of several government agencies and associations. Identifies polluters and details the chemical toxins released in communities across Canada.
  • Science and Technology for Canadians - Canadian cluster that brings together information on Canadian science and technology. It has sections on the following topics: energy, environment, food, health, information technology, materials, security and space.
  • Sierra Club - The Sierra Club is a nonprofit, member-supported public interest organization that promotes conservation of the natural environment by influencing public policy decisions: legislative, administrative, legal, and electoral. A solid resource.
  • Volunteer for Nature - Ontario Nature and the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Volunteer for Nature program is an out-of-doors volunteer experience designed for people with an interest in biodiversity protection. Join us and volunteer alongside professional conservationists on hands-on projects.
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - EPA provides leadership in the nation's environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts. 


Air Quality & the Ozone Layer


  • Air Quality Ontario - Link to air quality index readings from Ontario's Ministry of the Environment.
  • Clean Air Online - Information, fast facts and government programs relating to air quality from Environment Canada.
  • Smog Factsheet - A solid resource from Environment Canada.
  • Stratospheric Ozone - Information on the history of stratospheric ozone layer depletion, the science of ozone depletion, Canada’s Ozone Layer Protection Program and the regulatory approach to protect the ozone layer from Environment Canada. 


Energy & Energy Efficiency


  • American Petroleum Institute (API) - Environment, Health, Safety - American Petroleum Institute is dedicated to its continuous efforts to improve the compatibility of their operations with the environment while economically developing energy resources and supplying products and services to consumers.
  • Canadian Renewable Fuels Association - Renewable fuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel, will lower emissions, reduce greenhouse gases, provide a hedge against rising fuel prices, and create sustainable jobs in rural Canada.
  • Clean Energy - This portal offers unique and extensive access to Canada's burgeoning environmental energy sector and up-to-date details on international climate change initiatives.
  • Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) - General resources, technologies, special programs and links from the U.S. Department of Energy.
  • Energy Information Administration (EIA) - The U.S. Department of Energy's statistical and analytical agency. Its information includes forecasts and analyses and is acquired independently of the department. Some global issues are reported.
  • Every Kilowatt Counts Program (EKC) - EKC, from Ontario Power Authority, is an online resource with information about programs, services and actions you can take to achieve greater efficiency in your home and business. You’ll also learn about the benefits of energy efficiency. Includes Great Refridgerator Roundup program
  • Ontario Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure - Various sections on conservation, electricity, renewable energy, and the "Energy Dashboard", up-to-date information about energy consumption and pricing in Ontario.


Forestry, Land Use Stewardship & Parks


  • Ontario Parks - Programs, services, policies, opportunities, and merchandise too.
  • Parks Canada - Features our national parks, historic sites, Parks Canada programs and events, and links.
  • Ontario Greenbelt Alliance - With more than 80 member organizations, the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance is a watchdog for the Greenbelt.
  • Alberta Wilderness Association - The Alberta Wilderness Association, a conservation group involved in all aspects of environmental management in Alberta also presents issues of broad interest to Canadians.
  • borealforest.org - Learn more about Ontario's northwest forest. This site, developed at Lakehead University also offers information on the forestry industry and learning activities for teachers and students.
  • Canada's Forests - Statistical information, analyses of trends and information on forestry topics from Natural Resources Canada.
  • Canada's Arboreal Emblems (Provincial and Territorial Trees) - With links to government Web sites.
  • Canadian Forest Service - The CFS promotes the sustainable development of Canada's forests and competitiveness of the Canadian forest sector. Use the Site Map to link to their role, research programs, publications and products.
  • Environmental Benefits of Trees - Did you know that an acre of mature trees can capture 2.6 tonnes of CO2 per year?
  • Evergreen - The Evergreen Canada Initiative encourages ecological biodiversity and environmental health by promoting naturalization gardens on publicly accessible lands, including schools. Links to resources, events, FAQ's and funding opportunities.
  • Forest Fire in Canada - Fire plays an important role in most forest ecosystems in Canada. Fires can reset the successional clock of forest ecosystems, the process by which one plant community is succeeded by another - from Natural Resources Canada.
  • Forest Stewardship Council of Canada - FSC is an international certification and labeling system that guarantees that the forest products you purchase come from responsibly managed forests and verified recycled sources.
  • Forest Stewardship Council International - FSC is an independent, non-governmental, not for profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.
  • Forests in Canada - Maps on various related themes, including the number of tree species by ecoregion. There are about 180 species of trees in Canada.
  • Giant Carbon Sucking Trees Might Save The World - Here's a new concept - a synthetic or carbon capture tree.
  • Ontario Trees and Shrubs - A comprehensive guide with photographs to aid in identifying trees and shrubs in Ontario.
  • Rainforest Action Network - RAN is a non-profit volunteer and member-based organization working to protect the Earth's rainforests and support the rights of their inhabitants through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action.
  • Reforestation and Clearcutting - The practice and science of clearcutting in a nutshell.
  • Tree Canada Foundation - A volunteer organization promoting the planting of trees to promote quality of life. Includes CO2 calculators, forestry news, tree science information and ecology, including Benefits of Urban Trees.
  • Trees of Canada - A very appealing guide to help you identify the most common trees of Canada including broadleaves and conifers. This reference guide to Canadian tree species includes Latin names and silhouettes, from the Global Forest.
  • Trees Ontario Foundation - The Trees Ontario Foundation promotes scientifically-based tree planting and forestry practices.
  • Why Leaves Change Color - Three factors influence autumn leaf color - leaf pigments, length of night, and weather, but not quite in the way we think.


Global Warming, Climate Change & Weather


  • Canadian Disaster Database - The Canadian Disaster Database contains historical information on disasters which have directly affected Canadians, at home and abroad, over the past century.
  • Climate Change - From Environment Canada.
  • Climate Change - Environmental Protection Agency's (USA) site with info about the science of global warming, health and environmental effects, 'what you can do', FAQs etc.
  • Global Warming: Early Warning Signs - Climate Hot Map of the world with icons indicating early warning signs of global warming, and later more severe effects such as increases in disease, earlier spring arrivals, range shifts for plants and animals, and so on. Click on a particular area on the map for the effects of climate change for that area.
  • Global Warming - Things to Do - Simple changes in our everyday lives can make a big difference and help stop global warming. Here’s what YOU can do, from the WWF-Canada.
  • National Climate Data and Information Archive - Contains official climate and weather observations for Canada - maintained by Environment Canada. Use to find historical data.
  • The Pembina Institute - A Canadian organization that provides policy research leadership and education on climate change and energy issues. 


Natural Resources


  • Natural Resources Canada - A comprehensive site, with information on and links to all areas of the federal ministry.
  • Oil Spills - From The U.S. EPA, a good resource page on American efforts to prevent and respond to oil spills.
  • Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources - Access to comprehensive documentation and branches under the jusridiction of the MNR. This includes land use, forestry, fish and wildlife, parks. .


Recycling & Waste Management


  • Halton Waste Management Site - “One stop” solution for the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle), yard waste composting, the safe disposal of household hazardous waste and garbage disposal for the citizens of Halton.
  • Global Recycling Network (GRN) - GRN is a free-access public site dedicated to recycling-related information.
  • Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) - An organization dedicated to promoting environmental sustainability through waste minimization and resource conservation.
  • Zero Waste America (ZWA) - Internet-based environmental research organization specializing in the field of Zero Waste. Through their Web site they provide information on associated legislative, legal, technical, environmental, health, and consumer issues..




  • Canadian Botanical Conservation Network - The CBCN exists to preserve the biological diversity of Canada's rare and endangered native plant species, wild habitats and ecosystems through the education and conservation programs of our members, including botanical gardens and arboreta.
  • Canadian Centre for Biodiversity of the Canadian Museum of Nature - Its purpose is to bring together Nature's expertise and experience in systematics research and education to help resolve issues related to biodiversity and conservation, and, in national and international contexts, to act as a central focus for biodiversity information and collaboration efforts.
  • Economics and Sustainability - Environment Canada is working with others to find sustainable solutions for development activities.
  • IISD - International Institute for Sustainable Development - This worldwide organization deals with issues and concepts of sustainable development. It offers policy recommendations on international trade and investment, economic policy, climate change, measurement and indicators, and natural resource management to make development sustainable.
  • National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) - An independent advisory body that provides decision makers, opinion leaders and the Canadian public with advice and recommendations for promoting sustainable development.





Wildlife & Fisheries


  • Canadian Peregrine Foundation - The Canadian Peregrine Foundation is dedicated to providing for continuing studying, documenting and protecting this species, in Ontario and throughout Canada. Individual pages for the various peregrine families throughout Ontario. Links projects for home birders. Video files, pictures and links.
  • Canadian Wildlife Federation - Since 1962, CWF has advocated the protection of Canada's wild species and spaces.
  • Canadian Wildlife Service - National Site - The CWS of Environment Canada handles wildlife matters that are the responsibility of the Canadian government, including protection and management of migratory birds, endangered species, control of international trade in endangered species, and research on wildlife habitat issues.
  • Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) - Environment Canada is the lead agency responsible for implementing CITES on behalf of the federal government.
  • Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) - The main site on the international agreement between governments whose aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.
  • Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology - Web site for a world-class research institute. Excellent graphics, and bird songs. Links to projects for home birders.
  • Ducks Unlimited Canada - Habitat programs, research and education, selections of articles from their Conservator magazine, and more.
  • Endangered Species Program - From the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Select topics on the left. Fish and Aquatic Life contain Underwater World factsheets which are brief illustrated accounts of fisheries resources and marine phenomena prepared for public information and education. They describe the life history, geographic distribution, utilization and population status of fish, shellfish and other living marine resources.
  • Hinterland Who's Who - In-depth descriptions of wildlife, discussions on issues, actions that you can take to help wildlife, and educational materials that teachers and group leaders can use.
  • National Wildlife Federation - The searchable site of the largest American member-supported conservation group, comprised of individuals, organizations, businesses and government uniting to protect wildlife, wild places, and the environment. Projects, global issues, news, expeditions, publications and a kids' page.
  • Nature Conservancy of Canada

    NCC is Canada's only national charity who for over 40 years, has been working to protect Canada’s most threatened natural habitats and the endangered species that call them home through purchase, donations and conservation easements.

  • Ontario Nature (Federation of Ontario Naturalists) - Ontario Nature protects and restores natural habitats through research, education and conservation, connecting thousands of individuals and communities.
  • Species at Risk Public Registry - Conservation, recovery efforts, news, and biology of the species listed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife In Canada (Environment Canada). Search by common or Latin name.
  • Species at Risk in Ontario - More than 500 wild animal and plant species are considered “at risk” according to the Committee on the Status of Endangered Species in Canada - nearly 40% of these in Ontario.
  • WILDSPACE™ - Fifty years of wildlife surveys and research projects by the Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) in Ontario provide the foundation for Project WILDSPACE™. This expanding site currently features pictures, calls, life history information, etc. for most Canadian breeding bird and animal species.
  • World Wildlife Fund Canada - WWF is dedicated to saving life on Earth, through the conservation of nature and ecological processes and various conservation programs; endangered species, endangered spaces and wildlife toxicology in Canada.



Maintained by Diane Jamieson, Burlington Public Library

Updated September 2008


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