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Oil refinery in Chalmette, Louisiana. (Courtesy of Planetware.com)

Bad Air Day: EPA Holds Hearings on Oil and Gas Air Pollution Standards

9/27/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

Tapping oil and natural gas is part of America’s energy portfolio, but it can come at an unhealthy price for air, water, and wildlife. The Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) is holding three public hearing on proposed air pollution standards for oil […] Read more >

No Fracking Way: Protecting Our Public Lands, Wild Places and Wildlife

9/21/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

Great Outdoors America Week is September 19 -22 this year, but every day is an opportunity to appreciate the beauty of our public lands, wild places and wildlife. George Washington National Forest, which stretches from Virginia to West Virginia, is […] Read more >

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Ready to Fight the Stealth Attack on Wildlife? Part One: Polar Bears

8/17/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

Polar bears may be Arctic icons, but even their animal rock-star status can’t always sway Congress to protect wildlife. Global warming is melting habitat the big white bears depend on to survive, but recent and upcoming votes by the nation’s […] Read more >

Sockeye Salmon

Between a Sockeye and a Hard Rock Mining Place

8/12/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

For hunters, anglers, commercial fishermen and women and Alaska Natives, Bristol Bay is an untouched wilderness, home to the world’s largest sockeye salmon runs. It also supports a rich ecosystem filled with other wildlife like bears, wolves, moose and caribou. […] Read more >

Miami Blue Butterfly

Feeling Blue: Florida Butterfly Flutters on the Edge of Extinction

8/10/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

The brightly colored wings of the Miami blue butterfly once flittered and fluttered all over coastal Florida. But now, something so lovely and once so common is vanishing at a disturbingly rapid rate. Only a few hundred of the thumbnail-sized […] Read more >

Photo: Susan Lehman

Oh Deer! Energy Exploration Could Affect Wildlife Out West

8/10/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

Oil and natural gas may be valuable resources out West, but so are the area’s wildlife and outdoor heritage. Increased energy exploration, however, could make certain species much harder to find. Mule deer, pronghorn antelopes, greater sage grouse, raptors and […] Read more >

From a Wedding to a Whale: Mariachi Band Serenades Wildlife

8/3/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

A beluga whale was just hanging out at the Mystic Marinelife Aquarium in Connecticut when the friendly mammal got a musical surprise. After performing at a wedding,  Los Trovadores de America, a Mariachi band, serenaded the whale. The animal bobbed […] Read more >

Photo: Doug Inkley, Ph.D.

If You Don’t Eat Your Veggies Stink Bugs Will

7/25/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

  Unlike scores of children around the globe, brown marmorated stink bugs don’t mind eating their veggies or yours. The invasive species is rather fond of broccoli and asparagus, some of the worst dinner time offenders. They also like soybeans, […] Read more >

Dirty Water: A Theme Song for Congress

7/14/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

Recently, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2018, the Dirty Water Act, which completely trashes the protections of the Clean Water Act. Unfortunately, this is just one of many attacks on this bedrock environmental safeguard that protects public health and […] Read more >

Photo credit: Vivian Stockman

Kissing Cousins vs. Coal: Mining Industry Lawyers Clarify Comments on Inbreeding and Birth Defects in West Virginia

7/11/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

Folks living near mountaintop removal mining operations may be at greater risk for birth defects according to a new study by West Virginia University (WVU) researchers. According to co-author Michael Hendryx, Ph.D.: Research related to infants has found that mothers […] Read more >