About ieinfo.net (international-environmental-info.net)
The site began as both a resource for my students and a functional alternative to my grab-bag of web bookmarks. I used to call it an electronic "pit," but over time it's become more of an e-pile. The site is very much a work-in- progress, and the rapidly unfolding pace of international environmental developments entails a permanent state of under construction. As some near-empty pages will indicate, there are many holes waiting to be filled; no doubt, there are numerous holes still waiting to be identified.*
In terms of navigational guideposts, when you see:
...this means that the proximate link is to an external website that conisists of another set of links (I'm more than happy to let others do the sorting). And when you see:
...you are seeing my personal highlights, explanatory notes, pontifications, and occasional obfuscations. While I am trying to create an "objective" (all disclaimers apply) compilation on this site, I can't refrain from injecting my highly subjective (no disclaimers or quotation marks necessary) commentary here and there. There's very little of this now, but I plan to do more (apologies in advance).
A few things to keep in mind as you look through:
—The categories reflect only one perspective on international environmental issues; there are many other ways to organize the overwhelmingly broad topic of "international environmental information." That said, the breakdown in the lefthand navigation bar is fairly typical of what you'll see in the literature.
—Currently, there is a strong emphasis on biodiversity conservation since many of the resources here have been or are being incorporated from the two defunct websites (CCC's Biodiversity Links and the Conservation and Climate Change Clearinghouse), but my hope is to eventually balance out the topical coverage to all international environmental issues.
—While I'm working to fix a sizeable number of outdated links, a quick cut-&-paste into a web search is likely to get you where you want to go (or to the news that whatever you found of interest has gone defunct).
—Please don't hesitate to send me updates of any kind (charles-dot-chester-at-gmail.com). Alacrity in email replies is not my thing, but I will get to your input eventually and I'll let you know when (and how...or why not) I've incorporate your suggestions.
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Finally, if you've read this far and haven't fallen comatose at your computer screen, I defy you to take a look at my author page here or some of the courses that I teach here (and I maintain an informal page for Environmental Resources at Brandeis).
*An analogy to Swiss cheese would be insulting not only to the Swiss, but to all cheese.