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PUAD642/EVPP642: Environmental Policy

A resource guide for students in Todd Laporte's Environmental Policy course

Sources of Data is a searchable catalog / registry / directory / bibliography of research data repositories.

International Statistics and Data  From the Find Data subject guide

Trends Online: A Compendium of Data on Global Change. CDIAC - Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center. 2003. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Vital Signs Online. Global Trends that Shape Our Future from Worldwatch Institute

  • Environmental Indicators - United Nations Statistics Division  UNSD Environmental Indicators disseminate global environment statistics on ten indicator themes compiled from a wide range of data sources.
  • FAOStat  FAOSTAT provides time-series and cross sectional data relating to food, agriculture, and forestry for some 200 countries from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
  • UN Data  Single entry point for UN statistical databases.
  • United Nations Statistics Division  Provides global statistical information in the areas of economics, environment, energy and more.
  • Climate Analysis Indicator Tool  CAIT, from the World Resources Institute, provides a comprehensive and comparable database of greenhouse gas emissions data (including all major sources and sinks) and other climate-relevant indicators.
  • EPA Data Finder  Another access point to data collected and analyzed by the EPA.
  • EPA Envirofacts  Access to EPA environmental data including data available for downloading in a variety of formats.
  • European Commission Environment Statistics  Links to the main providers of data and statistics about the environment and sustainable development for the EU.
  • International Energy Agency  IEA has very comprehensive energy production and consumption information for most countries.
  • OECD Environmental Data Compendium  Data linking pollution and natural resources with activities in economic sectors and data showing the state of air, inland waters, wildlife, etc., for OECD countries.
  • World Bank Data Portal  The World Development Indicators data sets include indicators for many aspects of global development, including agriculture, energy, environment, health, infrastructure and poverty, to name just a few.

Social Science Electronic Data Library (SSEDL) Provides access to health and social science data from more than 600 datasets and over 275,000 variables.

Roper Center Public Opinion Archives The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research is one of the world’s leading archives of social science data, specializing in data from surveys of public opinion. 

Pew Center for the People & the Press  Polls on politics, policy and media. Pew data is also available through the Roper Center.

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) maintains a data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences. 


Data Tools

  • Climate Change Explorer  This new data visualisation tool allows to visualise over 40 climate-related data sets for over 100 developed and developing countries using animated bubble charts for the period 1990-2010. From OECD
  • EarthData (EOSDIS) by NASA: Interactive browser to view and download global base layers including real-time satellite imagery. See also Historical Earth Data Archive Site.  

Mapping Data