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Miles Grant is director of communications for National Wildlife Federation, coordinating communications across NWF’s programs to protect wildlife and wild places, connect Americans with nature, and confront climate change. He lives in Fairhaven, MA with his wife and daughter.
Oil spill in Santa Barbara, CA, May 2015 (US Coast Guard photo)

Oil Pipeline Rupture Soaks Santa Barbara Beaches (Updated with New Photos)

5/20/2015 // By Miles Grant

From oil train explosions to pipeline ruptures, not a month goes by without a reminder of the high cost of our ongoing addiction to oil, and this morning we’re waking up to a new disaster in California. As Matt Hamilton …

Wildlife biologist Kris Rimes honored by NWF's Eric Orff, March 2015

NH’s Kris Rines Honored with NWF Women In Conservation Award

3/15/2015 // By Miles Grant

As part of our ongoing celebration of Women’s History Month, the National Wildlife Federation is hosting events across the country this month honoring leading women in conservation. Yesterday we told you about Pennsylvania’s Cindy Dunn and today we’re featuring wildlife …

Florida Panther (Photo: Rodney Cammauf/National Park Service)

Rays of Hope for Wildlife in 2014 Midterm Elections

11/6/2014 // By Miles Grant

The 2014 midterm elections brought progress for wildlife, from Florida’s panthers to Alaska’s wild salmon, despite some setbacks for friends of conservation. Much of the good news comes from state ballot measures. Given the chance to directly protect wildlife, Americans from the …

Train carrying crude oil from ND wrecks & spills into wetlands in AL, Nov. 2013 (Flickr: Public Herald/John Wathen)

This Is All You Need to Know About How Much Big Oil Cares About Safety

7/23/2014 // By Miles Grant

The U.S. Department of Transportation is taking an important step forward to protect America’s communities and wildlife from the immense risks of the cheapest, most dangerous crude oil trains. But the regulatory order only highlights Big Oil’s inaction: Why is it …


Dead Gulf Dolphins, Destroyed Habitat Not BP’s Fault, Says BP

4/16/2014 // By Miles Grant

From the first days of the Gulf oil disaster in 2010 when it publicly underestimated the oil gusher’s flow rate by 50 times, BP has always lived in a state of denial. But as the Gulf oil disaster approaches the …

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Watch a Goshawk Attack a Water Balloon in Super Slow Motion

3/7/2014 // By Miles Grant

Very cool video from Earth Unplugged. I love the look on its face as it flies out of the frame, like WHAT THE … AWWW COME ON DUDE: Via Deadspin

Cougar at Charles Russell Wildlife Refuge in Montana (Flickr/USFWS Mountain-Prairie)

Report of Mountain Lion in Massachusetts: Real Sighting or Wild Tale?

2/28/2014 // By Miles Grant

UPDATE 3/1: Wildlife officials say the paw prints look canine, meaning it was likely a dog or coyote. Television news has been abuzz up here in Massachusetts this week with the news that someone thinks he saw a mountain lion …

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Grading the Sunday Shows on Climate Change

2/18/2014 // By Miles Grant

This week, the Sunday political talk shows of all four major broadcast networks featured segments on global warming. First, a few general thoughts: The Sunday talk shows showed a great deal of progress has been made in the national climate change …

Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal & Pup (Photo: US Fish & Wildlife Service)

Conservation Can’t Wait: What President Obama Can Do Right Now

1/28/2014 // By Miles Grant

The Associated Press reports President Obama will broaden a theme from last year’s speech in tonight’s State of the Union address: If Congress won’t act, President Obama will. That’s good news because there’s a range of conservation issues on which …

Train carrying crude oil from ND wrecks & spills into wetlands in AL, Nov. 2013 (Flickr: Public Herald/John Wathen)

2013 Was Historically Awful For U.S. Oil Train Disasters

1/21/2014 // By Miles Grant

How much crude oil did trains spill across America in 2013? More than had been spilled in TOTAL in the nearly four decades since the federal government began collecting data on such spills, reports McClatchy’s Curtis Tate: Including major derailments …