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Air Quality Links

Air and Waste Management Association (www.awma.org) provides links to U.S. government agencies, environmental organizations, and international conference information.

American Lung Association (www.lungusa.org) provides links to research and data on indoor and outdoor air quality, as well as information on fellowships and research grants.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) (www.niehs.nih.gov) contains links to extensive research on indoor and outdoor air pollution, asthma, and research grants.

National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) (www.ec.gc.ca/pdb/npri/npri_home_e.cfm) maintained by Environment Canada, the country’s environmental protection agency, links to data and research on greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutant emissions.

NASA’s Earth Observing System (eospso.gsfc.nasa.gov/) links to studies on air pollution, including pollution tracked by researchers using data from the Earth Probe Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer (TOMS) satellite operated by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Transboundary Air Pollution (TAPS) Research in Europe and Asia (www.iiasa.ac.at/rains/index.html), which is maintained by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, includes Regional Air-Pollution INformation and Simulation (RAINS) models for analyzing alternative strategies to reduce acidification, eutrophication, and ground-level ozone.

United Nations Convention on Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution’s Web site (www.unece.org/env/lrtap), which is administered by the U.N.’s Environment and Human Settlements Division, includes protocols for the international treaties on pollutants dispersed on air currents, such as ozone, persistent organic pollutants, heavy metals, sulfur dioxide, and oxides of nitrogen. The site also contains data on air pollution monitoring, emissions, and effects

U.S. EPA’s Aerometric Information Retrieval System (AIRS) (www.epa.gov/airs) is the world’s largest air pollution database containing information about airborne pollution in the United States and various World Health Organization (WHO) member countries. It includes annual summaries of data from two other EPA air pollution databases: NET (National Emission Trend); and NTI (National Toxics Inventory) emission inventory databases.

U.S. EPA’s Clean Air Markets Division (www.epa.gov/airmarkets) has acid rain summary emission reports and data on related environmental issues.

U.S. Geological Survey: Acid Rain Monitoring (bqs.usgs.gov/acidrain) provides data and reports on acid rain, atmospheric deposition, and precipitation chemistry. The information is associated with searchable maps, and the site also provides links to the National Atmospheric Deposition Program (nadp.sws.uiuc.edu).

Acid Rain Acid rain is a serious environmental problem that affects large parts of the US and Canada. This section of the Web site provides information about acid rain's causes and effects, how we measure acid rain, and what is being done to solve the problem. (http://www.mjjsales.com/articles/acid-rain-facts.html)

Global Warming and Climate Change Global warming and climate change should not be confused because even though they are interrelated, they are not the same. Global warming refers to the increase in the earth’s temperature; this increase will lead to climate change and a lot of unwanted consequences.
The two main effects of global warming include the increase of the earth’s temperature by as much as 3° to 5° C and the rise of sea levels to a minimum of 25 meters by the year 2100. (http://www.mjjsales.com/articles/global-warming-climate-change.html )

Heating Up the Earth - Global Warming for Kids! There are various issues our environment is facing. Garbage clogs up landfills, certain gases from the energy we use are polluting the air and these together are playing a role in the negative impacts being made in the world. The good news is that there is something we all can do to help. The first thing is to understand these issues. Then you can take action, make changes, and encourage everyone else to do the same.
(Heating up the Earth: Global Warming for Kids)

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