2014 Archives

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Five Things to Know about the Tar Sands Threat to American Birds

6/9/2014 // By Roger Di Silvestro

Tar sands—a mixture of sand, clay and water from which a dense and extremely viscous form of petroleum, called bitumen, can be extracted—underlie more than 54,000 square miles of northeastern Alberta, Canada. Roughly the size of Florida, this area marks […] Read more >

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Private Lands and Gulf Restoration – A Vision for Success

6/6/2014 // By Ryan Fikes

The five US states bordering the Gulf of Mexico encompass roughly 290 million acres of land, of which roughly 86% are privately owned. This translates into more than 249 million acres of agricultural and forested lands, making it impossible to ignore […] Read more >

This picture of a polar bear shaking off was donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Steve Perry.

Weekly News Roundup: A Huge Win for Wildlife and more!

6/6/2014 // By Linda Argueta

On Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed rules that would put limits on carbon pollution from power plants. Issued under the Clean Air Act, the rule will give states a variety of options for cutting carbon pollution. These new […] Read more >

Kelly Moore grew a field of poppies in honor of her father, pictured, who was known for his own poppy garden earlier in life. Photo donated to the National Wildlife Photo Contest.

How to Garden Your Way to Health and Happiness

6/6/2014 // By Dani Tinker

Growing up, I didn’t need anything to motivate me outside, but I tried my best to profit from it. I had a neighborhood business pulling weeds, raking leaves, planting trees and watering flowers while neighbors were out of town. I […] Read more >

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A New Tool Shows the Progress States are Making on Climate

6/6/2014 // By Mollie Simon

It has certainly been a great week for climate action. This week saw the release of the long-awaited carbon rules: regulations put in place by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and President Obama that aim to place the first ever limits […] Read more >

Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Howard Cheek.

Top 7 Garden for Wildlife Questions, Answered

6/5/2014 // By David Mizejewski

During Garden for Wildlife Month we heard from many of you with questions about creating the best wildlife-friendly gardens. Here are answers to seven of the most frequently asked questions. If you’re a Wildlife Gardener who hasn’t yet certified your garden with […] Read more >

The Green River, the site of a recent oil spill, is the chief tributary of the Colorado River. It's  home to endangered fish species and is important to tourism. Photo by Ann Morgan

Drilling Spills on Public Lands Continue to Threaten Water, Wildlife — Our Shared Public Heritage

6/5/2014 // By Judith Kohler

An unknown volume of oil and water from a Utah drilling site has flown into the Green River, the chief tributary of the Colorado River. The spill—caused by a ruptured valve on a well—is just the latest reminder of what’s at stake […] Read more >

Rising temperatures in the world’s oceans are causing sea ice—critical habitat for polar bears—to disappear for longer and longer periods during the late summer. Photo: Norbert Rossing

Senators, Representatives, Governors Support Carbon Pollution Standards

6/4/2014 // By Lena Moffitt

On Monday, the EPA released first-ever standards limiting carbon pollution from power plants. While our country limits the amount of mercury, arsenic, and soot our power plants can dump into the atmosphere, we’ve never asked them to limit the amount […] Read more >

Class Discussion on "No Light Left Behind"
Photo Credit: Allison Hubbard

Bryant University Student Brings Solar Energy to Campus

6/4/2014 // By Guest Author

Guest post by Jessica May Vickers Almost fifteen months ago I felt both excitement and trepidation when I received the news that my application for No Light Left Behind, a feasibility analysis for the implementation of solar photovoltaic panels in […] Read more >

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Restoration Funding Bill Dies in La. Senate Committee

6/4/2014 // By Kelly Wagner

A bill that was meant to protect Louisiana’s Coastal Restoration and Protection Fund (Coastal Fund) quietly died before it hit the Senate floor in Baton Rouge. Louisiana House Bill 490 (HB490), a bill that received unanimous support in the House, […] Read more >