Although they may sound alike, the Encyclopedia of Earth is a completely different beast than the Encyclopedia of Life, a species database launched by Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson (which we mentioned earlier here). This Encyclopedia aims to become the definitive one stop destination for all things environment, climate change and sustainable development.
What was the primary motivation behind the creation of this database? According to its originators (which include officials from the Environmental Information Coalition and several Boston University faculty), it was the dearth of reliable, accurate information about environmental issues, or, as they put it, "there are many resources for environmental content, but there is no central repository of authoritative information that meets the needs of diverse user communities."
They certainly have their work cut out for them.