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The golden eagle is one of the species threatened by coal mining in the west. Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Doug Pfeil.

The Carbon Impact of Coal Exports

4/9/2014 // By Mollie Simon

This week, NWF released an issue brief entitled “Accounting for Carbon Pollution from Coal Mining on Federal Lands” which looks at the overall carbon impact of the coal being leased and exported from public lands. In primarily western states like …

Weekly News Roundup: Lemurs are Threatened with Extinction and More

4/4/2014 // By Linda Argueta

Lemurs: Big-eyes Wonders Threatened with Extinction Today, the movie Island of Lemurs: Madagascar will open in IMAX 3D theaters. Take a second and learn some fun facts about Lemurs while treating yourself to some NWF news right after! What’s happening at the National …


Will Coal Exports Hurt Salmon and Orcas in the Coming Years?

3/25/2014 // By Kassie Rohrbach

Chinook salmon are expected to return in record numbers this month up the Columbia River, a good sign of the effective conservation measures that government, businesses and organizations have taken since fish counts began in 1938. This is good news not …

Northwestern Colorado is home to oil shale deposits and some of the country's argest mule deer herds. Photo by Steve Torbit

This Valentine’s Day Help Us Save Otter Creek Valley For Montana’s Wildlife

2/14/2014 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

The Otter Creek Valley in southeastern Montana is threatened by the largest proposed coal mine in the country. Arch Coal wants to mine 1.3 billion tons of coal from this pristine valley that is rich in wildlife including mule deer, …

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 …

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The Great Coal Giveaway: BLM Coal Leasing Program Fundamentally Broken

2/4/2014 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

Today, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative arm of Congress, released a long awaited report that confirmed what we already knew: the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) coal leasing program is broken. The Bureau is mismanaging the resources on our public …

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Dirty Business: Congress Seeks To Export U.S. Fossil Fuels and Carbon Pollution

1/24/2014 // By Jim Murphy

In another shameless attempt to undermine sound climate policy and keep the pedal to the metal on dirty fuel production, House Congressional members snuck a provision into the Omnibus Appropriations Bill to halt sensible policies that virtually eliminate U.S. financing …

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 …

Photo Credit: Eric Charbonneau

Weekly News Roundup- January 17, 2014

1/17/2014 // By Anne Goddard

What’s happening at National Wildlife Federation this week? Coal Disaster: Coal train derails and spills into stream in British Columbia. Clean Water or Bust! Tribes demand responsible mining and clean Water. Follow the Trek! Day 2 of the Portland-Montreal Pipeline …

(Photo credit: Vivian Stockman)

Federal Government Investigates West Virginia’s “Lawless” Regulation of Coal Mining

1/16/2014 // By Jim Murphy

Charleston, West Virginia’s largest city and capital, has just begun to reopen after a coal processing chemical storage facility spilled into the Elk River, rendering the city’s water unusable for 300,000 people. While the spill was not a direct result …