Website of the Week: Nations Online

One World – Nations Online

The Nations Online Project :: Get In Touch with the World.


This week’s Website of the Week is The Nations Online Project. This site provides a superb collection of information and links about just about every country in the world. Search by country, continent or language. There are also some excellent articles on cities including Megacities and famous cities. Nations Online compliments the excellent statistically focused CIA World Factbook and the more culturally oriented A-Z of World Culture.

The Nations Online Project – is, among other things, a more or less objective guide to the world, a statement for the peaceful, nonviolent coexistence of nations. A statement in favor of cultural diversity and the free flow of information and knowledge across national, cultural and religious boundaries.

Nations Online Project is a pioneer in providing information about countries. It is actually as old as Google, and older than Wikipedia.


Website of the Week: The Carbon Shrink

This week’s Website of the Week is The Carbon Shrink. This site is a Digital Library of the best examples of sites, documentaries, games etc, addressing Sustainable Matters curated by a Teacher Librarian.
These examples have been chosen for their innovative, clear and immediate style in presenting ideas and information. Areas of focus include;



Website of the Week: Tree of Life Project

Tree of Life Project Home

This week’s Website of the Week is the Tree of Life Project. This is a truly mind expanding collection of information, images, videos and much more dedicated to, well… life itself. Explore this amazing repository of knowledge about living things and the world they inhabit. It is organized along scientific principles of classification from the smallest micro-organisms to huge mammals and everything in between. The site shows in great detail the interactions and interrelations between species and how incredibly complex Earth’s ecosystems really are.

TOL’s own ‘About’ page describes the project:

“The Tree of Life Web Project is a collection of information about biodiversity compiled collaboratively by hundreds of expert and amateur contributors. Its  goal is to contain a page with pictures, text, and other information for every species and  for each group of organisms, living or extinct. Connections between Tree of Life web pages  follow phylogenetic branching patterns between groups of organisms, so visitors can browse  the hierarchy of life and learn about phylogeny and evolution as well as the  characteristics of individual groups.

For background information about the Tree of  Life Web Project, see this article in the special issue of the journal  Zootaxa, Linnaeus Tercentenary:   Progress in Invertebrate Taxonomy:”


World Environment Day is June 5

World Environment Day is designated and organised by UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme).

The UNEP website explains, “World Environment Day is an annual event  that is aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day  for positive environmental action. World Environment Day activities take place all year round but  climax on 5 June every year, involving everyone from everywhere.”

“World Environment Day celebration began in 1972 and has grown to  become the one of the main vehicles through which the UN stimulates worldwide  awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action.”

This year’s WED theme is “Green Economy: Does it Include You?”