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West Virginia's Elk River, key drinking water source & sport-fishing haven (Flickr/J. Stephen Conn)

Coal Chemical Spill Fouls West Virginia’s Elk River

1/10/2014 // By Miles Grant

Officials with Freedom Industries haven’t said yet just how much of a chemical used to process coal spilled into West Virginia’s Elk River on Thursday, but the impact is massive: As of Friday morning, 300,000 people are still without drinking water. The …

Gulf of Maine Shrimp (Flickr/johnnyd2)

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 …

Zooplankton (Oceans Network Canada/Flickr)

Alarming Atlantic Zooplankton Decline Linked to Climate Change

11/20/2013 // By Miles Grant

Warming ocean temperatures fueled by climate-disrupting carbon pollution are causing a dramatic decline in zooplankton, reports David Sharp of the Associated Press: Springtime plankton blooms off the coast of northern New England were well below average this year, leading to …

Artist's rendering of Fenway Park underwater (ELM Action Fund)

Fragile Fenway: Climate Change Puts Historic Red Sox Ballpark at Risk

10/30/2013 // By Miles Grant

The World Series returns to Fenway Park tonight with the Boston Red Sox leading the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2. I live in Fairhaven, MA and I’m blogging right now with my Jason Varitek jersey on. With just one win, the Red …

Orangespine Unicornfish, Hawaii (Flickr's Bemep)

Developing: Honolulu Harbor Molasses Spill Deadly for Fish, Marine Life (UPDATE)

9/12/2013 // By Miles Grant

UPDATE 9/13: Cleanup is being slowed because neither the company transporting the molasses nor the state had any spill response plan, reports the Honolulu Star Advertiser. When we think of spills menacing wildlife, oil comes to mind first. But in …

Attorneys General Letter Shows Case For Keystone XL Is Crumbling

8/14/2013 // By Miles Grant

It’s been a cruel summer for supporters of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. First, President Obama pledged to connect his decision on Keystone XL to its climate-disrupting carbon pollution, making rejection a must. Then, the State Department’s already-controversial environmental …

Gray seal (US Fish & Wildlife Service/Flickr)

Climate Change-Fueled Heat Stresses Nuclear Plant, May Threaten Cape Cod Bay Wildlife

7/19/2013 // By Miles Grant

As heat waves fueled by climate change grip much of the East Coast, some nuclear power plants are facing a tough choice: Reduce electricity production on days when our air conditioners push demand to new heights, or pump overheated cooling …


New Report: Keystone XL Would Drain Cash from American Families

7/16/2013 // By Miles Grant

It turns out Canadian tar sands companies and American conservationists agree on something: The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would significantly raise America’s gas prices. A new report from Consumer Watchdog predicts building Keystone XL would raise prices at the …

Dean Peak Wildfire, Arizona (Bureau of Land Management/Herberta Schroeder)

Deadly Wildfires Permanently Changing Arizona’s Desert Forest Wildlife Habitats?

7/1/2013 // By Miles Grant

America’s worst wildfire-fighting tragedy in generations struck on Sunday as 19 firefighters were killed near Yarnell, Arizona. The impacts of the firestorm on wildlife and ecosystems will take much longer to add up, but scientists say there’s evidence the intense …

Phronghorn. Photo by Mark Gocke, USDA.

Would an American Win the Land Mammal Belmont Stakes?

6/7/2013 // By Miles Grant

The Wall Street Journal asks a great question this morning: Who would win if any animal could compete in this weekend’s Belmont Stakes with no rider required? Journal writers Geoff Foster and Jim Chairusmi call it the Wild Kingdom Stakes, …