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Larry Schweiger is President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. He is committed to confronting the climate crisis and to protecting wildlife for our children’s future. He is author of the book Last Chance: Preserving Life on Earth. He also blogs here and can be followed on Twitter.
An egret in flight over the Bombay Hooke National Wildlife Refuge. Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Kim Taylor.

House Casts a Climate Vote and Wildlife Takes a Hit

3/7/2014 // By Larry Schweiger

Today the U.S. House of Representatives voted to undermine common-sense protections for America’s wildlife and public health. 223 members cast their vote supporting a bill dubbed the Polluter Protection Act, which would directly undermine the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to reduce […] Read more >

Photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Robert Palmer.

Snowy Owl – A Connection to the Far North (and the Perils of Keystone XL)

2/6/2014 // By Larry Schweiger

In Washington these days, the idea that we can build the 35 million-gallons-per-day Keystone XL tar sands export pipeline and suffer no ill consequences is treated as serious thinking. But a visitor rarely seen in DC has given our nation’s […] Read more >

Power plant in front of U.S. Capitol

Polluter Lobbying Campaign Threatens Bipartisan Energy Progress in Senate

7/28/2013 // By Larry Schweiger

The U.S. Senate is set to take up a bipartisan bill to promote energy efficiency sponsored by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-IN). As summer’s climate-fueled heat waves, drought and wildfires cook America from coast to coast, […] Read more >

World Bank Report Turn Down The Heat:  Why a 4 Degree C Warmer World Must Be Avoided

Two Reports Warn: Wake Up! It’s Later Than It’s Ever Been

12/10/2012 // By Larry Schweiger

By Larry J. Schweiger  The latest in a series of unprecedented weather-related tragedies, Hurricane Sandy has been called “Frankenstorm Sandy” for its massive size, loss of lives and property and horrific infrastructure damages. Catastrophic events like Sandy are demonstrating that […] Read more >

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Getting Kids Back Outside—NWF Tackles the Problem

10/10/2012 // By Larry Schweiger

Our announcement of NWF’s 10 Million Kids Outdoors goal reminds me of a journey that dramatizes the serious nature of the problem we face. On a flight from Washington D.C. to San Francisco I found sitting in the window seat […] Read more >

Larry Gibson.  Photo Credit: Vivian Stockman, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition

The Passing of Larry Gibson

9/11/2012 // By Larry Schweiger

I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Larry Gibson.  Larry was a courageous leader and advocate for the stopping of mountaintop removal mining.  I visited with Larry last year and found him to be courageous, down to […] Read more >

Much of broadcast news today is junk food with too much candy and spice, and too little fruits and vegetables.

What’s Not Making the News

8/13/2012 // By Larry Schweiger

As a boy living in Pittsburgh, I watched KDKA, one of the world’s first commercial television stations, and WQED, the nation’s first community-sponsored public television station, on my family’s Crosley black-and-white television. I must say that, with only a 10-inch […] Read more >

Spring flowers, by Wikipedia user Halpaugh.

In Defense of Wildflowers

6/12/2012 // By Larry Schweiger

NWF View By Larry J. Schweiger “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—the assurance that dawn […] Read more >

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Delta Study Confirms Later Duck Seasons

5/30/2012 // By Larry Schweiger

This recent study confirms what has long been observed by hunters: later duck harvest seasons. Read more >

Ford F-150 SVT Raptor at 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit (Flickr's Sarah Larson)

Fuel Efficiency: America’s Generational Leap

4/18/2012 // By Larry Schweiger

Just wanted to pass along some quick thoughts on recent New York Times article that really missed the big picture on America’s fuel efficiency gains. You can’t look at 2012 vehicles through a 2002 lens. “Efficient” no longer just means hybrid […] Read more >