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Australian black tip shark (Flickr's Paul Benjamin)

New Hybrid Shark a Sign of Climate Change Adaptation?

1/3/2012 // By Miles Grant

Are sharks smarter than some of our elected officials? While Congress may be ignoring climate change, there’s startling new evidencethat sharks are adapting to warming ocean waters: Scientists said on Tuesday that they had discovered the world’s first hybrid sharks …

Via Flickr's Adam Fagen

The Top 10 Dumbest Things Congress Did in 2011 (And How You Can Get Smart)

12/27/2011 // By Miles Grant

How bad was 2011 for America’s wildlife, air, water, land and public health? After taking 191 anti-conservation votes, even the House of Representatives’ own members called itĀ “the most anti-environment House in the history of Congress.” That’s not to say the …

Gray wolf on the banks of the Gardner River in Yellowstone (photo by Beth Pratt)

New Report: 1 in 5 House GOP Votes Target Conservation Protections

12/15/2011 // By Miles Grant

From Theodore Roosevelt creating the National Parks System to Richard Nixon establishing the Environmental Protection Agency to George H.W. Bush signing a strengthened Clean Air Act, Republicans have a long history of supporting common sense, bipartisan solutions to problems facing …

Power plant in front of U.S. Capitol

Will House GOP Leadership Put Big Oil Donors Ahead of Economic Recovery?

12/12/2011 // By Miles Grant

At a time when our members of Congress should be working to find common ground on legislation to help America’s struggling economy, House Republican leadership is instead taking the payroll tax cut bill hostage, demanding a huge new giveaway for …

Oil spill cleanup worker in Commerce City, CO (NWF photo)

Crews Report Progress in Stopping Spill at Colorado Tar Sands Refinery

12/5/2011 // By Miles Grant

While they’re still working to pinpoint the source, workers have made progress in keeping an oil spill north of Denverfrom getting any worse: Federal officials say a trench dug to block toxic chemicals from seeping from a refinery into a …

Oil spill cleanup worker in Commerce City, CO (NWF photo)

As Colorado Oil Spill Cleanup Efforts Continue, Cancer-Causing Benzene Found

12/1/2011 // By Miles Grant

We’re learning more about an oily substance found in the Sand Creek north of Denver, CO. Investigators say it may have leaked from an underground pipeline: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency clean-up coordinators today said the black goo leaking from the …


Possible Tar Sands Spill Fouls Colorado Creek, Threatens Wildlife and Drinking Water

11/30/2011 // By Miles Grant

Authorities are investigating an oily muckĀ found in a creek north of Denver near the Suncor Energy tar sands refinery in Commerce City: Environmental Protection Agency officials say small dams erected on a bank overnight appear to be containing an oily …

Clearly my dad was terrible at football (NWF's Miles Grant)

How a Green Hour Saved Thanksgiving

11/23/2011 // By Miles Grant

My Thanksgiving hit rock bottom about 10 years ago as I woke up from a food coma-induced nap in my cousin’s guest bed at about 7pm. Lost time with relatives, a missed half of Turkey Day football … was all …

Grand Canyon (via Paul Fundenburg/Flickr)

Deficit Committee Failure: Feast for Polluters, Famine for Outdoor Economy

11/21/2011 // By Miles Grant

Programs to protect wildlife and public health have already been cut deeply this year – and indiscriminate, across-the-board spending cuts will go even further.

Casino Beach, IA in August 2009 (Flickr's Laura Bernhardt)

Iowa Scientists Ask Candidates to Recognize Climate Reality

11/15/2011 // By Miles Grant

With the Iowa caucus now exactly seven weeks away, more than 30 Iowa scientists are asking political candidates to acknowledge the threats posed by ongoing climate change, particularly to Iowa’s farmers. “All major scientific societies and the US National Academy …