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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 […] Read more >

Sally Jewell Wind Announcement

Obama Administration Takes Major Step Forward for Offshore Wind Power in Massachusetts

6/17/2014 // By Amber Hewett

Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced that the federal government is kicking off the leasing process for the Massachusetts Wind Energy Area with plans to hold an auction by the end of the year. Read more >

Weekly News Roundup: Migratory Birds at Risk and more

6/13/2014 // By Linda Argueta

Canadian tar sand developments are impacting North American migratory birds, according to a report released Wednesday by National Wildlife Federation and our state affiliates. As the report details, these harmful mining and drilling practices are taking place in the heart […] Read more >

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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 […] Read more >

This picture of a polar bear shaking off was donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Steve Perry.

Weekly News Roundup: A Huge Win for Wildlife and more!

6/6/2014 // By Linda Argueta

On Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed rules that would put limits on carbon pollution from power plants. Issued under the Clean Air Act, the rule will give states a variety of options for cutting carbon pollution. These new […] Read more >

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A New Tool Shows the Progress States are Making on Climate

6/6/2014 // By Mollie Simon

It has certainly been a great week for climate action. This week saw the release of the long-awaited carbon rules: regulations put in place by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and President Obama that aim to place the first ever limits […] Read more >

Rising temperatures in the world’s oceans are causing sea ice—critical habitat for polar bears—to disappear for longer and longer periods during the late summer. Photo: Norbert Rossing

Senators, Representatives, Governors Support Carbon Pollution Standards

6/4/2014 // By Lena Moffitt

On Monday, the EPA released first-ever standards limiting carbon pollution from power plants. While our country limits the amount of mercury, arsenic, and soot our power plants can dump into the atmosphere, we’ve never asked them to limit the amount […] Read more >

Ttrout are the indicator species of cold water stream health, and are expected to lose much of their habitat due to climate change. Photo by Fish Eye Guy (fisheyeguyphotograpy.com)

Senate Explores Climate Impacts to Sportsmen and Wildlife

6/3/2014 // By Mollie Simon

We already know that global warming is negatively impacting coastal fishing industries, big game species, and outdoor recreation. Every day, sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts across the country are coping with the effects of climate change. Today, the Senate Committee on […] Read more >

This polar bear was awaiting the return of sea ice near Churchill, Manitoba. Warmer temperatures have kept sea ice from forming as early as it used to, and polar bears are waiting on shore without food for longer periods of time. Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Lara Ferraro.

Landmark EPA Rule Promises to Spur Renewable Energy for Wildlife

6/2/2014 // By Jim Murphy

Today is a momentous day for the future of the planet.  For the first time, rules have been proposed to put meaningful limits on the largest source of carbon pollution: our power sector, which accounts for about 40 percent of all […] Read more >

Chris Crosby plays a trout caught on Colorado's South Platte river May 20. Photo by Russell Bassett

Hunters and Anglers Can’t Afford to Double Down on Denial

6/2/2014 // By Russell Bassett

Hunters and anglers have been on the front lines of several major environmental policy battles over the years, including playing a major role in passing the Clean Air and Clean Water acts, eliminating acid rain, and establishing more public lands […] Read more >