2013 Archives

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The Dangers of Dirty Coal for Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest

12/6/2013 // By Mary Price

Whale watching off the coast in Puget Sound is one of the most spectacular and time-honored traditions in the Pacific Northwest.  But the beauty of seeing some of the world’s largest animals in their natural habitat could become a spectacle […] Read more >

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Weekly News Roundup- December 6, 2013

12/6/2013 // By Anne Goddard

What’s happening at National Wildlife Federation this week? Feeling the Heat.  New NWF photos show the effects of climate change on polar bears. Bioenergy Debacle. Read more about bioenergy development in the Southeast. Sparse Shrimping. Maine shrimp collapse linked to […] Read more >

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5 Memorable Bear Celebrities

12/5/2013 // By Gretchen Pierce

Ranger Rick’s Bear-a-thon, our weeklong celebration of all things bears, is still going strong! The fun continues today with a journey through bear history and a look at five of our favorite famous bears. Some of these bears inspired us […] Read more >

A brown-headed nuthatch, one of the studies indicator species. Photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Virginia Senechal.

Bioenergy and Biodiversity in the Southeast: Like Speeding in a Crowded Neighborhood?

12/5/2013 // By Ben Larson

The street to my house goes through a school zone and our neighborhood is full of kids. I have a school-aged daughter myself. I pride myself on being a safe driver. I try to look carefully and slow down. Of course […] Read more >

Photo by Larry Schweiger / NWF.

A Polar Bear Population is In Decline. Can You Guess Why?

12/5/2013 // By Jennifer Janssen

Update Below New photos show polar bears in a population of bears in Hudson Bay that are on the front lines of climate change, as news continues to break on their long-term worsening condition and declining population. The polar bears were […] Read more >

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Maine Shrimp Collapse Linked to Climate Change

12/4/2013 // By Miles Grant

Bad news for Maine shrimp and the people and wildlife that love eating them: Overfishing and global warming are shrinking the stock fast, forcing regulators are taking the drastic step of shutting down the Gulf of Maine’s shrimping season: The […] Read more >

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Post Thanksgiving: I’m Still Thankful, Especially for Florida

12/3/2013 // By Robyn Fischer

It has become a Fischer family tradition to spend Thanksgiving holiday in Daytona, Florida—I’m not too sure what palm trees and the beach have to do with turkey day, but my grandparents live there, and my family hates cold weather, […] Read more >

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Can Keystone Pass the President’s Climate Test?

12/3/2013 // By Mollie Simon

In June, President Obama stood at Georgetown University and defined the conditions under which he would approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, saying he would, “only if this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution.” So, can Keystone […] Read more >

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5 Myths About Bears

12/3/2013 // By Gretchen Pierce

We’re celebrating all things bear this week with Ranger Rick’s Bear-a-Thon! We were shocked to discover that there wasn’t already a day or week devoted to all the different kinds of bears, so we instituted Ranger Rick’s Bear-a-Thon to correct that […] Read more >

Looking north on the Lamoille River. Photo credit: Annie Mackin.

Fight to Keep Vermont Tar-Sands Free

12/2/2013 // By Annie Mackin

Even as temperatures drop below freezing and we look ahead to another long winter, the fight to keep Vermont tar-sands-free is heating up. A group of volunteers, activists and community leaders from all corners of the state—as well as New Hampshire and Maine—is building momentum […] Read more >