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Geography: Sustainability

Information on books, journals, databases and other useful geography resources.

Sustainability Resources


This page will introduce you to key resources on sustainability at UCD Library and on the web.


To find relevant government publications and statistics look at the Government & EU Information and Datasets & Statistics pages in this guide.

Renewable Energy: Key Resources

Water: Key Resources

Water, Energy, and Environment - a Primer

Access to clean water and energy are critical to economic growth and sustainable development. Providing water and energy services has important environmental impacts. Understanding the inextricable linkages among water, energy, and environment - the water-energy-environment nexus - will be a priority for all levels of government in the decades ahead as they develop and implement policies to enhance human welfare.

Water: Abundance, Scarcity, and Security in the Age of Humanity

An intellectual history of America's water management philosophy.

Water International

The official journal of the International Water Resources Association.

Peer-reviewed journal.

ISSN: 1941-1707

The World's Water Project

Project managed by the Pacific Institute, a A U.S.-based non-profit organisation whose stated mission is "to create a world in which society, the economy, and the environment have the water they need to thrive now and in the future."

Soil and Water Conservation: An Annotated Bibliography

Soil and Water Conservation: An Annotated Bibliography highlights freely-available online resources covering various aspects of soil and water conservation, and is designed to be a resource for conservation students and practitioners. The thirteen chapters in the annotated bibliography are grouped into four sections, including History and Fundamentals, Conservation Practices, Conservation Implementation, and Careers.

Sustainable Development: Key Resources

Introduction to Sustainability

Introduction to Sustainability is a textbook that reviews major themes in the field of sustainability. The text includes material on the development of the field of sustainability; environmental sustainability issues like water, food, and energy; social sustainability themes like environmental justice and transportation; and economic sustainability topics like green businesses and economic development. The book concludes with a chapter on sustainability issues in college and universities.

United Nations: Sustainable Development Goals

The official website for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Strategy. it lists all 17 goals and introduces each indvidual goal in depth

SDG Academy Library

Free educational resources on sustainable development

Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management Abstracts

This multidisciplinary database provides comprehensive coverage of the environmental sciences.


This free research database provides scholarly, government and general-interest sources covering the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and governments and what can be done at each level to minimize negative impacts.

International Institute for Sustainable Development

An independent think-tank registered as a charitable organisation in Canada, with offices in Winnipeg, Ottawa, Toronto, and Geneva. Its main programme areas are Economic Law and Policy, Resilience, Energy, Water, and Sustainable Development Goals Knowledge

World Bank: Towards a Clean, Green, Resilient World for All

The World Bank Group environment strategy

Anthropocene: Key Resources

The Anthropocene and Geography

A curated bibliography of resources on the Anthropocene, from the Oxford Bibliographies in Geography series.

The Shock of the Anthropocene

Scientists tell us that the Earth has entered a new epoch- the Anthropocene. We are not facing simply an environmental crisis, but a geological revolution of human origin. Refuting the convenient view of a human species that upset the Earth system unaware of what it was doing, this book proposes a new account of modernity that shakes up many accepted ideas. Through a dialogue between science and history, the authors draw an ecological balance-sheet of a developmental model that has become unsustainable, and explore paths for living and acting politically in the Anthropocene.

Making the Most of the Anthropocene

Ever since Nobel Prize-winning atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen coined the term "Anthropocene" to describe our current era--one in which human impact on the environment has pushed Earth into an entirely new geological epoch--arguments for and against the new designation have been raging. Finally, an official working group of scientists was created to determine once and for all whether we humans have tossed one too many plastic bottles out the car window and wrought a change so profound as to be on par with the end of the last ice age. In summer 2016, the answer came back: Yes. This book explains what the Anthropocene is and why it is important, offers suggestions for minimizing harm instead of fretting about an impending environmental apocalypse and combines easy-to-grasp scientific, technological, economic, and anthropological analyses.

Cover image of the Earth for Anthropocene journal


Peer-reviewed journal.
ISSN: 2213-3054


Cover image ofr Anthropocene Review journal

Anthropocene Review

Peer-reviewed journal
ISSN: 2053-0196

Working Group on the Anthropocene: Subcommission of Quaternary Stratigraphy

Website of the working group which examines the concept of the Anthropocene as a geologcal time

The Anthropocene Project

The Anthropocene Project is a multidisciplinary body of work from Nicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky and Jennifer Baichwal. Combining art, film, virtual reality, augmented reality, and scientific research, the project investigates human influence on the state, dynamic and future of the Earth.

Welcome to the Anthropocene

An educational web portal on the Anthropocene. It aims to inspire, educate and engage people about the interactions between humans and the planet.

Climate Change: Key Resources

Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know

Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know is an overview of the science, conflicts, and implications of our warming planet. offering user-friendly, scientifically rigorous answers to the most difficult (and commonly politicized) questions surrounding what climatologist Lonnie Thompson has deemed "a clear and present danger to civilization."

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Portal

The web portal for the United Nations entity tasked with supporting the global response to the threat of climate change.

Climate ADAPT: European Climate Adaptation Platform

A partnership between the European Commission and the European Environment Agency (EEA). Climate-ADAPT is maintained by the EEA with the support of the European Topic Centre on Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation (ETC/CCA).

Cities and Climate Change

This volume comprises a collection of papers prepared and presented at the World Bank's Fifth Urban Research Symposium, as part of the World Bank Group's strategy to share and encourage research oriented to urban issues and bridge these academic results with the pressing needs of developing cities.

The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society

Climate change presents perhaps the most profound challenge ever confronted by human society. This volume is an analysis drawing on the best thinking on questions of how climate change affects human systems, and how societies can, do, and should respond.

Climate Change Economics Journal Cover

Climate Change Economics

Peer-reviewed journal

ISSN: 2010-0078

Cover of International Journal for Climate Change Strategy and Management

International Journal of Climate Change Strategy and Management

Open Access journal which provides a platform for papers assessing approaches to combat and cope with climate change.

ISSN: 1756-8692

Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Climate Change

An evolving online database of reviews on climate change. Published in association with the Royal Meteorological Society and the Royal Geographical Society.

U.S. Global Change Research Programme: Climate and Health Assessment

This scientific assessment examines how climate change is already affecting human health in the U.S. and the changes that may occur in the future.