International Energy Statistics

Published by the United States Department of Energy, this dataset provides international energy statistics going back to 1980. The data is listed by petroleum, natural gas, coal, electricity, renewables, total energy, and by country. Fuel information by reserve, consumption, production, imported, and exported are all listed. The country data has a summary of all fuels by country. Total ranking by country compared to the rest of the world is also included. Information is listed on an annual basis, except for certain OECD members. Those OECD members have information posted monthly or quarterly.

Eurostat Yearbook

Eurostat Yearbook gives European statistics from Eurostat, the European Union Statistical Office. Data includes the Euro Area and Member States. Entries include information on the economy and finance; population; health; labour market; education and training;  industry and trade; agriculture, forestry and fisheries; international trade; transportation; environment; energy; and science and technology. Helpful charts and tables are also included. Each yearbook is updated as new statistics are released.

Energy Savers

Energy savers is a website from the U.S. Department of Energy. It provides energy saving information for remodeling, appliances, electronics, electricity, lighting, heating and cooling, and many other subjects. The website shows how you can get an energy assessment of your own home. There is also a place to get rebates for Energy Star appliances. Other resources include how to calculate your energy costs and a product library that can be perused.

Understanding New Light Bulb Labels

By the end of this year, light bulb packaging labels will start listing a lighting facts label.  Use this website and video to learn how to interpret the new labeling.  Find out about lumens and how to compare light bulbs as you shop.  You can also see a sample of the new lighting facts label.

From Library Journal:

“Developed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information, this ‘Global Science Gateway’ allows one to search across 28 scientific databases from 18 countries.  An international collaboration, the site provides access to published research findings in energy, medicine, agriculture, environment, and the basic sciences.”  Simply type your query into the search blank to access information from all 28 databases.

Update:  The database has expanded to include 32 national databases and access to portals in 44 countries. [6/16/08]

Update: “Now you can find non-English scientific literature from databases in China, Russia, France, and several Latin American countries and have your search results translated into one of nine languages.” [7/8/10]


From The Scout Report:

“The United Nations (UN) website contains a tremendous amount of data, and for some new users (and even those who are more experienced), it may be a bit overwhelming. Recently, the UN created this fine website designed to assist those who might need a bit of assistance with this whole process. On the UN Data site, visitors can simply type in their search terms, look over a list of popular searches, and even take a look at their ‘News’ section, which offers up a selection of helpful recent additions. Further down on the homepage, visitors can look through the ‘Database Coverage’ area. Here they can take advantage of some specially culled statistics, including data sets related to the World Health Organization (WHO), refugees, industrial commodities, and children. The site is rounded out by a ‘Glossary’ section, which offers a nice summary of each term that might be encountered while utilizing the site.”

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2008.