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The South: Culture and History: Environment

This library guide is designed for researchers studying any topics related to the South's culture and history.

Web Sites

List of Environmental Websites--this page breaks down environmental websites into different categories. It can be particularly helpful if you have a specific area of interest.

EPA--the official government site, find environmental news, resources, and programs for Alabama and the Southeast on this page, find resources about Texas, Louisiana and the other South central states here.



Advocates for the Southern Environment...

The Southern Environmental Law Center  advocates for the environment in the South, and offers up-to-date news about "global warming, offshore drilling, coal-fired power plants, wetlands regulations, coastal development, transportation policy, logging in the national forests, and many other pressing environmental issues" for the South and beyond.  Visit the Newsroom to read developing stories in the Southeast, or check out some of these publications:

>Smart Growth is Smart Economics: Sustainable Development in the Greater Richmond Region

>Clean Air for the Birmingham Area

>Drought in the South: Planning for a Water-Wise Future

>Alabama Water Agenda: Guiding the way to healthy waters

>At the Tipping Point (Georgia)

>Roadless Areas of the Southern Appalachians

Gulf Oil Spill

Few events in recent history have impacted the South's envrionment more than the Gulf Oil Spill.  It is highly recommended that you start your research on the oil spill with the Gulf Oil Spill Information Center created by the University of South Florida.  You can read about the environmental impact, responses, oil spill research, grants, BP company information, other oil spills, and offshore drilling issues.



You can use the general resources listed under the red "Articles" or "News" tabs above as well as these:


GreenFILE--"database focusing on the relationship between human beings and the environment, with well-researched but accessible information on topics ranging from global warming to recycling to alternate fuel sources and beyond."

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center--offers articles that argue all sides of environmental debates surrounding global warming, littering, green energy, alternative fuels, activism, and more.

ScienceDirect--scholarly articles from scientific journals.

Individual Magazines:

Southern Spaces--great place to start.

Some Alabama environmental magazines, newsletters, and blogs include Bama Environmental News Alabama Game & Fish Magazine, Outdoor Alabama Magazine, and the Alabama Environmental Council.

You can find a list of environmental magazines at EcoBusiness Links, including Vegetarian Times, Solar Today, Homepower Magazine, Green Car Journal Online, Organic Gardening, National Wildlife Magazine, Audubon Magazine, The Ecologist, and much more!

Southern Environmental Center

Birmingham Southern College now hosts a Southern Environmental Center on its campus. "The Southern Environmental Center (SEC) is the largest educational facility of its kind in Alabama...It has initiated a number of model partnerships targeting water quality, smog, and urban sprawl."  SEC's ecoscape program "utilizes local art work to illustrate organic gardening practices, provides a nuts and bolts overview for schools and communities interested in creating low cost nature centers or outdoor learning sites and offers an oasis of natural beauty in our communities"  They also offer Bama Environmental News.

Watch the video below to learn more!

University of Alabama Environmental Resources

UA Environmental News--news stories from around campus about students, faculty, and staff working to protect the environment.

Environmental Institute for Sustainable Water, Air, and Land Resources--"is available to work with environmental organizations, public interest groups, government, and industry to foster an understanding of environmental problems."

Search the UA Student Organization Directory to find out about student groups helping the environment, the information that they provide, and how you can get involved!

For more about environmental programs on other colleges campuses, use this directory or search the college and university file in LexisNexis Academic.

Museum of Natural History

Visit the Alabama Museum of Natural History on the UA campus and "experience the natural diversity of Alabama through exhibits from the Age of  Dinosaurs, the Coal Age, and the Ice Age. View the extensive displays of geology, zoology, mineralogy, paleontology, ethnology, history, and photography. Explore the Alabama Museum of Natural History housed in historic Smith Hall, one of the finest examples of Beaux-Arts architecture in the region. See the Hodges meteorite, the only meteorite known to have struck a human, and the State Fossil of Alabama:  Basilosaurus cetoides."