2014 Archives

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Chico Vive: Chico Mendes and Grassroots Environmentalism

4/3/2014 // By Ethan Spaner

In the mid-1980s, the international environmental movement was in its infancy. Most international work focused on trade in endangered species and setting up protected areas, while grassroots environmental work focused on local issues. And while these approaches remain highly effective, […] Read more >

Offshore wind farm

Senate Finance Committee Can Re-open the Door for Renewable Energy

4/2/2014 // By Amber Hewett

On the last day of 2013, the wind power industry lost two important tax credits to an expiration date that never should have been set in the first place. The Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and Production Tax Credit (PTC) for […] Read more >

Wind turbines in Montana. Flickr photo by Mark Stevens.

Can Congress Renew Hope for Renewable Energy Development?

4/2/2014 // By Guest Author

As the second session of the 113th Congress develops, it is my great hope that Congress can leave its abysmal bill passage record in the past. In 2013, Congress signed just 57 bills into law, the lowest count in history. Much […] Read more >

Mallard duck coated in oil, March 2013 (via Arkansas HAWK Center)

A Year After Mayflower Disaster, an Oil Spill at Every Turn

4/1/2014 // By Annie Mackin

A year ago, residents of a quiet suburban neighborhood in Mayflower, Arkansas, watched in horror as heavy, toxic tar sands oil poured out of a burst pipeline, across their yards and into their street, covering everything in black muck and […] Read more >

Skunk by Rolland Gelly.

In the Wild, It’s Survival of the Trickiest

4/1/2014 // By Dani Tinker

Animals have some crazy tricks up their sleeves, and it’s all a matter of survival. Species must adapt special skills for protection and food, and in the process they often leave other animals completely fooled. That Stinks A few familiar […] Read more >

Raccoon kits by Barbara Fleming

How to Keep Wild Raccoons Wild

3/31/2014 // By Laura Tangley

Whether you live in the country, the city or the suburbs, if you’re frequently out and about after sunset, you’ve likely encountered a raccoon or two in your yard or neighborhood. Highly adaptable mammals, these masked carnivores seem to make […] Read more >

Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Dan Lease.

Six Key Reasons The New Next Generation Science Standards Are Great News For Environmental Education

3/31/2014 // By Kevin Coyle

One of the most exciting things to ever happen to U.S. environmental education has come from the developers of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  The reasons for this may not be immediately obvious, but let me explain. The “Next […] Read more >

StormStruck at Walt Disney World, photo courtesy of StormStruck

RenaissanceRe, Leader in Disaster Risk Mitigation

3/31/2014 // By Eva Roben

This year, National Wildlife Federation is proud to present our Award for Corporate Leadership to RenaissanceRe! RenRe envisions itself not just as a reinsurance company, but as a “positive force for change.” By educating the public and supporting research to […] Read more >

Tim (center) with students showing support for divestment by getting 350 signatures of students who support removing all endowment money from fossil fuels to be given to the president of the university.

Organizing for Clean Energy on the Prairie

3/30/2014 // By Guest Author

Guest Post by Timothy Sheehan The growth of renewable energy is the foundation of the fight against global climate change. In Minnesota, through renewable energy standards and healthy living initiatives, we are leading the nation in a push for progressive […] Read more >

Installing a raingarden in a Washington DC backyard. Credit: A. Frayer

Your Backyard: A Stormwater Sponge

3/28/2014 // By Kara Reeve

As urban areas have grown, we have altered nature, replacing it with sidewalks, parking lots, roads, and other man-made structures. Our development patterns have not only led to harmful levels of greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere, causing the climate […] Read more >