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Despite the Internet's tremendous potential, finding useful environmental information on it can be time-consuming and not cost-effective when using traditional search engines. The available informatio...

September 1, 2000  By Pulp & Paper Canada

Despite the Internet’s tremendous potential, finding useful environmental information on it can be time-consuming and not cost-effective when using traditional search engines. The available information is incomplete and very scattered. It is not uncommon to find hundreds of “hits” that must be reviewed.

After five years of browsing and collecting environmental information from the Internet, I have finally decided to make sense of it all. Below is a summary of the sites that I have found most useful relating to pulp and paper environmental issues. Of course, this is just a sub-sample. There are many more.

First, I recommend the Copernic search engine to do searches. It is more thorough and complete since it compiles the results of 14 popular search engines and scores them according to relevance. I have been able to find good sites using Copernic that don’t appear on other search engines such as Yahoo! Copernic can be downloaded at no charge and add-ons are available at a cost. Another useful site is GO translator, which translates any web site into the language of your choice.


The sites in the table are organized by general topic. The ones I would recommend for regular checks are the following:


2. Environment Canada and US EPA;

3. Greenpeace, Sierra Club, Sierra Legal Defence Fund, Reach for the Unbleached;

4. The Business and Sustainable Development Site.

It is a good idea to subscribe to an environmental news service to stay aware of current environmental issues. One of the more useful technical sites is ECOTOX. It allows any user to find out about the toxicity of numerous chemicals like those being used in certain additives or those present in mill effluent. There are also some good scientific and technical searchable databases. These will generate articles or abstracts of papers relating to topics of interest (i.e. ET&C, NISC, CNIE). Happy browsing!

Phil Riebel can be reached at priebel@sympatico.ca. For more information visit www3.sympatico.ca/priebel

Topic URL Comments

Pulp and paper sites

Pulp and Paper www.paptac.ca Technical news on the Canadian
Technical Association industry, committee reports,
of Canada (PAPTAC) publications to order.
Canadian Pulp and www.opendoors.cppa.ca Complete up-to-date news on Canadian
Paper Association industry initiatives, including
(The Green Trail) environmental issues.
Technical Association www.tappi.org A good resource for technical news and
of the Pulp and information, including access to the
Paper Industry (TAPPI) journal articles, bookstore, and the
public outreach initiatives.

General but very useful sites

Copernic search www.copernic.com Free download. A thorough search
engine engine that compiles the results of 14
other popular search engines including
GO Translator http://translator.go.com Allows you to translate any web site into
the language of your choice. The
translation is rough but adequate to get
the main message.
Governmental organizations/departments
Environment Canada www.doe.ca Information on national environmental
– The Green Lane issues, access to regulations such as the
Fisheries Act, the Environmental Effects
Monitoring Program (EEM).
The US www.epa.gov A tremendous amount of information
Environmental on environmental issues, including
Protection Agency online access to all EPA publications.
Canadian Council of www.ccme.ca Useful publications such as water,
Ministers of the sediment and soil quality criteria.


Topic URL Comments
Industry Canada http://strategis.ic.gc.ca Statistics on the Canadian pulp and
paper industry.

Non-governmental organizations

Links to http://ceres.ca.gov/tcsf/ A useful site that lists all the main
Environmental earth/envlinks.html environmental groups and provides
Organizations links to their site
Greenpeace, Sierra www.greenpeace.org; Influential environmental groups. Pulp
Club, Sierra Legal www.sierraclub.org; and paper companies should be aware
Defence Fund, Reach www.sierralegal.org; of current issues being targeted by
for the Unbleached www.rfu.org these groups.
Canadian www.ceaa-acve.ca Directory of certified environmental
Environmental auditors.

Auditing Association


Canadian Association www.caeal.ca List of lab auditors, accredited labs,
of Environmental scopes of accreditation.

Analytical Laboratories


American Fisheries www.fisheries.org Much technical information on fisheries,
Society including environmental effects on fish.

Sustainable development / ecoefficiency

President’s Council www.whitehouse.gov/ Key US initiative promoting sustainable
for Sustainable PCSD/index.html development


Eco-Rating www.eco-rating.com Environmental rating agency to assess
International and rate a company’s environmental
OECD Environment www.oecd.org//env/ Much environmental information on
index.htm initiatives of OECD member countries,
including Canada. This includes
environmental performance reviews.
Topic URL Comments
Business and An excellent site for companies who are
Sustainable business/default.htm looking to become more eco-efficient.
Development Full of ideas and case studies.

Directories of environmental products and services

ESAA Directory and www.esaa.org/members/ This directory focuses primarily on
Buyers Guide of about.htm western Canada


products and Services

Enviro-Access www.enviroaccess.ca A Canadian-made environmental
directory of products and services,
including a business directory

Environmental search engines

Environmental www.webdirectory.com; Search engines specializing on
Organization Web www.eco-web.com environmental topics

Directory; Green Pages

– The Global Directory

for Environmental Technology

Environmental news services

Environmental www.eponline.com; Search engines to find relevant Articles
Protection Online; www.manufacturing.net/ in the journal

Pollution Engineering magazine/polleng


Yahoo Environment http://headlines.yahoo Up-to-date environmental news from
and Nature News .com/Full_Coverage/ around the world



Topic URL Comments
Environmental www.hmsincorporated Tips related to health and safety issues.

Managers Monthly .com/haz_manager.htm


Canada Newswire www.newswire.ca Often covers major environmental news,
such as companies that have been

Online literature searching

National Information www.nisc.com Literature searching of hundreds of
Services Corporation scientific and technical journals.
National Council for www.cnie.org Search over 330 journals on-line.

Science and the


Environmental http://etc.allenpress.com/ Online ET&C journal. Over the years,
Toxicology and entconline several articles have been written on
Chemistry pulp and paper effluent toxicology and
environmental effects.

Useful tools for environmental staff

ECOTOX www.epa.gov/ecotox A searchable database for toxicology to
determine the toxicity of numerous
chemical compounds to fish and other
Water and Wastewater www.waterand News, suppliers/services and technical
wastewater.com information relating to water and
wastewater treatment

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