2014 Archives

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 >

Photo by Chase A. Fountain, courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Weekly News Roundup: The Latest on the Galveston Oil Spill and More

3/28/2014 // By Anne Goddard

The Latest on the Galveston Bay Oil Spill Over the weekend, 168,000 gallons of toxic oil spilled into the Galveston Bay. A Kirby Inland Marine oil barge collided with a cargo ship, shutting down The Houston Ship Channel, and spilling as much as 4,000 barrels […] Read more >

Poplar trees in Oregon. © Charles Knowles/Flickr

Doubling Down on Sustainability – GreenWood’s Oregon Poplar Farm

3/28/2014 // By Ethan Spaner

In early February, Oregon’s GreenWood Tree Farm Fund doubled down on sustainability. Already certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for its forest management, roundwood logs and wood chips, GreenWood earned certification by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), covering […] Read more >

Duck coated in Exxon Pegasus tar sands oil in Mayflower, AR, April 2013 (Photo: Lauren Ray)

One Year After Mayflower, Time to Say ‘No’ to Dangerous Pipelines

3/28/2014 // By Jim Murphy

On March 17, a damaged pipeline in southwest Ohio leaked 20,000 gallons of crude oil into a nature preserve. As if the oil itself hadn’t hurt enough small animals and wrecked enough habitat, crews had to build a new road […] Read more >

Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Constance Parry.

Remembering Exxon Valdez

3/27/2014 // By Daniel Hubbell

Twenty-five years ago, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez crashed into a reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Eleven million gallons of oil contaminated over 11,000 square miles of ocean and shoreline. In just the first few days, the death toll […] Read more >

baby moose

Governors Must Take a Stand Against Tar Sands

3/26/2014 // By Carol Oldham

Citizens, towns and organizations have taken a stand against tar sands oil, the climate polluting oil-of-last-resort from Canada that Exxon Mobil and Enbridge want to bring into Northern New England’s pristine back country and waterways. Now it is time for […] Read more >

Wedding Canyon, in Colorado National Monument. Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Carolyn Malone.

Antiquities Act Attack Latest Affront to Sportsmen

3/25/2014 // By Russell Bassett

Whether you are an avid angler, only go fishing occasionally, or have fished just a time or two, you likely remember the first fish you caught. I can’t remember the first time I watched the television show Knight Rider or […] Read more >