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Burning Concern: Drought-Driven Wildfires Generating Pollution

9/19/2012 // By Judith Kohler

This summer, the foothills and mountain peaks that form Colorado’s Front Range have been nearly invisible at times because of thick haze from wildfires in the state and across the region. The view to the west from Boulder and the […] Read more >

Downtown Seattle skyline on clear day and a day hazy due to Central WA wildfire

Hot and Hazy: Central Washington Wildfires Muddle the Puget Sound Skyline

9/14/2012 // By Patricia Tillmann

Smoke from Central Washington wildfires is dimming the horizon throughout Washington today, obscuring the crispness that is so common on a sunny summer day in Seattle. It also raises air quality concerns throughout the region and provides a clear example of […] Read more >

President Barack Obama shakes hands with House Speaker John Boehner before delivering the State of the Union address, Jan. 25, 2011 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

A Conservationist’s Preview to President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union

1/24/2012 // By Miles Grant

Will America invest in a clean economy that creates jobs, cuts pollution and protects public health, or continue our dependence on dirty fuels that threaten wildlife, weaken our energy security, and deliver massive profits for big polluters? Read more >

New Mercury Limits Protect Wildlife and People Alike!

12/21/2011 // By Joe Mendelson

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized new air pollution standards that will result in the first-ever national limits on the amount of mercuryspewing from the nation’s coal-fired power plants. Twenty plus years in the making, the new pollution limits […] Read more >

Breath of Fresh Air in Senate: “We Are Not Just in This Chamber to Represent the Polluters”

10/20/2011 // By Miles Grant

There’s so much hot air coming out of Washington these days, many Americans have tuned out. But one speech on the Senate floor recently is worth watching in full. Read more >

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 >

photo by Dylan Passmore

Code Orange: Sensitive Groups Should Stay Indoors!

8/19/2011 // By Patrick Fitzgerald

In December, I became a father of a beautiful, now 8-month old boy named August.  We call him “Gus.” As someone whose full-time job at the National Wildlife Federation is to reconnect children with nature, I often joked that I […] Read more >

Working for Wildlife: Follow NWF Activities All Over the Country

7/13/2011 // By Kendall Mackey

Field Highlights: Hot Hot Heat (Advisory) It’s officially summer, and while we’re all enjoying some fun in the sun there are a few reasons to stay indoors this July: ozone alert days.   Last week in Holyoke, Massachusetts where they have already experienced […] Read more >

Leaders vs. followers– Coal-burning utilities have technology, resources and ability to reduce toxic pollution

6/21/2011 // By Katharine Pelzer

Today the Center for American Progress released a report “Mercury Falling: Many Power Plants Already Have Equipment to Slash Mercury, Toxic Contamination” and held an event with a panel to discuss the findings. Panelists included representatives from government, utilities, and […] Read more >

Mercury Air Pollution

A Letter from the Mercury Frontline

6/7/2011 // By Joe Mendelson

Nearly all of our exposure to mercury occurs through eating fish and shellfish. Mercury pollution spewing from power plants settles in our lakes and rivers where microscopic organisms convert the inorganic mercury into methylmercury. This form of mercury accumulates up the […] Read more >

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