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A Mine Here? We Can’t Bear It

8/15/2014 // By Jane Kirchner

Every summer, brown bears gather in the pristine waterways of Alaska’s Bristol Bay to catch wild salmon swimming upstream to spawn. But soon, this vast habitat area that is home to brown bears and the largest runs of salmon in the …


Toxic Mining Waste: Just Moments from a Disaster for Wildlife

8/12/2014 // By Avelino Maestas

When I saw footage last week of a tailing dam collapse at Mount Polley Mine, my immediate thought was of the Chino Mine near my hometown of Silver City, New Mexico. There’s a tailing dam 4 miles long and a …

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Treasure Trove of Pacific Wildlife Need Your Support for Expanded Marine National Monument

8/8/2014 // By Guest Author

It isn’t often that you get to mention four previous Presidents—Calvin Coolidge, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush—in the same breath as our current President, Barack Obama.  But each one—three Republicans and two Democrats—has recognized that one or …


Supporters far Outnumber Opponents at EPA Clean Power Plan Hearings

8/1/2014 // By Lena Moffitt

Today concludes an exciting four days of public hearings in Denver, D.C., Atlanta and Pittsburgh on EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The hearings included two full days of testimony, rallies, press conferences, marches, play-ins, round-tables and free ice cream at each of …

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Coal Mines Threaten Mule Deer

7/29/2014 // By Kassie Rohrbach

UPDATE on 7/30:  BLM accepted a bid for $0.36/ton for the Spruce Stomp coal mine. Its worth noting that the coal company, Bowie Resources, can plan to turn around and sell this coal for $36.50 per ton. Mule Deer populations have …

A moose passes through Pierce Pond in Maine. South Portland's City Council this week showed that local communities can band together in powerful ways to stand up for themselves and their wildlife. Photo credit: Flickr user Michael Lepore.

Tar Sands Vote in Maine Shows Communities Can Stand Up For Wildlife and Win Big

7/22/2014 // By Annie Mackin

The people of South Portland, Maine, made historic news last night. Based on overwhelming vocal public concern about the dangers of toxic tar sands to wildlife and the community, the City Council passed an ordinance that prevents the Portland Pipe …

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Obama Administration Announces Progress for Offshore Wind Power in New Jersey

7/17/2014 // By Amber Hewett

Momentum continues to build on the journey toward realizing America’s offshore wind power potential. Today, Interior Secretary Jewell kicked off the leasing process for New Jersey’s 344,000 acre Wind Energy Area marking a key milestone in the process for offshore …

Tar sands transport threatens common loons here in New England, and tar sands extraction is decimating their nesting habitat in Alberta, Canada. Photo credit: Flickr user Ian Matchett.

Meeting of Governors and Premiers a Big Opportunity for Northeast Wildlife

7/15/2014 // By Annie Mackin

This week, the governors of New England states are meeting with leaders of Canada’s Eastern provinces in the mountains of New Hampshire, at the annual New England Governors and Eastern Premiers Conference. As they make plans and consider policies for …

Photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Jane Becker.

Scientists Call for Tar Sands Moratorium

6/26/2014 // By Jim Murphy

In a pointed article in the prestigious journal Nature, eight scientists and economists call for a moratorium on new tar sands projects “unless developments are consistent with national and international commitments to reducing carbon pollution.”  The scientists make clear that tar …

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Five Things to Know about the Tar Sands Threat to American Birds

6/9/2014 // By Roger Di Silvestro

Tar sands—a mixture of sand, clay and water from which a dense and extremely viscous form of petroleum, called bitumen, can be extracted—underlie more than 54,000 square miles of northeastern Alberta, Canada. Roughly the size of Florida, this area marks …