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The American White Pelican is huge – it has a nine-foot wingspan, measures over five feet in length, and weighs about 16.4 pounds. Image: mikebaird/Flickr

Oil Spill Threatens Wildlife in the Galveston Bay

3/25/2014 // By Mollie Simon

Well, it looks like there has been yet another fossil fuel accident. Over the weekend, 168,000 gallons of toxic oil spilled into the Galveston Bay. A Kirby Inland Marine oil barge collided with a cargo ship, shutting down The Houston Ship Channel, and spilling as […] Read more >

Sandhill cranes are one of the many species that are impacted by tar sands development. Photo by Myrna Erler Bradshaw.

The Top 10 Quotes from Today’s Keystone XL Hearing

3/13/2014 // By Mollie Simon

Today, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a long-anticipated hearing on the Keystone XL Pipeline. This hearing aimed to explore whether the pipeline is in our national interest and included panelists such as esteemed climate scientist, Dr. James Hansen, and […] Read more >

Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Kameron Peresnovich.

Climate Change Threatens Our Big Cat Mascots

3/11/2014 // By Mollie Simon

From intimidating bears to fierce gators, mascots across the country are the face of any college athletic program.  It is hard to not feel a surge of school spirit when you see your beloved mascot take the field.  But mascots […] Read more >

River otters are found in many North Carolina rivers. Photo via USFWS

Coal Ash Spill in North Carolina Endangers Wildlife

2/12/2014 // By Mollie Simon

Thousands of North Carolina residents living around the Dan River woke up last week to a disaster in their backyard. Millions of gallons of sludge from a retired Duke Energy coal-fired power plant spilled into a river that supplies drinking […] Read more >

Anti-Keystone vigil in Washington, DC.  Photo by Credo Action

Nationwide Vigils Held Against the Keystone Pipeline

2/4/2014 // By Mollie Simon

Last night, across the country, there were over 280 vigils against the Keystone pipeline in 48 states and Washington, DC.  The National Wildlife Federation stood in solidarity with groups like the Sierra Club and 350.org as we asked President Obama […] Read more >

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Coal Train from the Powder River Basin Derails

1/24/2014 // By Mollie Simon

This past weekend, 19 coal cars derailed in Caledonia, Wisconsin.  The 135-car train was carrying coal from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming to a power plant facility in Sheboygan, Wisconsin when it crashed, most likely due to cold temperatures. Fortunately […] Read more >

Fishing industries and wildlife of the Northeast are feeling the impacts of climate change.  Flickr photo by Geir Friestad

Senate Steps Up for Climate

1/23/2014 // By Mollie Simon

The Senate started off 2014 with a lot of climate action.  Last week, the Senate committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) held a hearing on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. At the committee hearing, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and […] Read more >

A mule deer in the Powder River Basin.  Flickr photo by Kimon Berlin

Powder River Basin Coal Mines Could Drastically Increase Carbon Emissions

1/22/2014 // By Mollie Simon

Wildlife in the Powder River Basin (PRB) of southeastern Montana and northeastern Wyoming are being mined out of their habitat. Coal companies are strip mining the public’s coal in the PRB and transporting it to the west coast ports to […] Read more >

Coal train derailed in Burnaby, BC. Image via Flickr user Brent Granby

Coal Train Derails and Spills Into Stream in British Columbia

1/16/2014 // By Mollie Simon

Well, there has been another coal accident. On Saturday, a train traveling through Burnaby, British Columbia derailed, likely due to rain. Nine cars caring coal came off the tracks and three coal cars were overturned completely, spilling coal into nearby Silver […] Read more >

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The Top 10 Climate Successes of 2013

12/18/2013 // By Mollie Simon

We’ll remember 2013 as a year of climate action thanks in large part to one landmark announcement: President Obama’s plan to act on climate.  National Wildlife Federation has been a key player in fights to keep pollution from fossil fuels […] Read more >