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Extreme flooding near Nashville, Tennessee in May 2010.

Closing the Floodgates: Reforming the National Flood Insurance Program

4/6/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was designed to protect homeowners, but it’s putting their safety and the environment at risk. Unfortunately, the federal program encourages construction in environmentally sensitive areas. It’s also drowning in over $17 billion in debt […] Read more >

April Fool's

It’s April Fool’s Day, and the Joke’s On Us

4/1/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

When it comes to the environment, water pollution is the issue Americans worry about the most. Unfortunately, members of Congress are making light of those fears just in time for April Fool’s Day. The amendments and riders attached to the […] Read more >

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When the Oil Wells Run Dry

3/30/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

Oil is good to the last drop, and we may see the last drop in our lifetimes. According to a new report by British bank HSBC, the world may only have 50 years of oil left and 176 years of […] Read more >

Chicago is Ground Zero in the Asian Carp Battle

Americans Run Hot On Water, Cool On Global Warming

3/29/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

Dirty water is the main environmental worry for Americans according to a new Gallup poll. Out of nine possible concerns asked in a survey, water issues are listed in the top four, followed closely by air pollution.    American’s Top Environmental […] Read more >

House and Senate Bills Offer a Breath of Fresh Air from Fossil Fuels

3/24/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

Lawmakers in the U.S. House and Senate are working to keep air and water clean and protect wildlife habitats and public health from the impacts of oil and gas drilling. Several bills in Congress aim to bring greater transparency to […] Read more >

Laysan Albatross

In the Face of Danger, Wisdom Prevails

3/22/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

She’s an old bird, a new mom, and a survivor. Wisdom, a laysan albatross in her sixties, and her chick survived a tsunami that struck their Pacific island home in March. The area was hit hard by ocean waves following the 9.0 […] Read more >

Photo: Doug Inkley, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, NWF

Taking a Bite Out of Stink Bugs

3/22/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

They fly, they crawl, they cluster and they might even eat some of your food. Chances are you’ve seen or smelled one crawling on your wall or on your shoulder. The saga of the brown marmorated stink bug continues, but […] Read more >

Erin Go Green: Guinness Gets Ecofriendly

3/17/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

Fans of Irish stout have another reason to raise their glasses on St. Patrick’s Day. Guinness is getting greener thanks to the genius of Irish scientists. They have figured out a way to keep that famous stout foamy and ecofriendly. […] Read more >

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FRAC Act Focuses on the Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing

3/16/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is the process of releasing natural gas from the ground. But, to get the gas out, water, sand and other chemicals have to go in. Lawmakers from big gas drilling states want everyone to […] Read more >

Stink Bug

What’s Bugging You? A Biologist Battles Stink Bugs

3/14/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

They’re the house guests that refuse to leave, make a mess, and creep you out. Brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB) have been bugging NWF senior biologist Doug Inkley, Ph.D. for a while, despite his best efforts to show them the […] Read more >