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Settle the BP Oil Spill Litigation? Maybe, But Let’s Not Let BP Shortchange the Gulf Yet Again

2/28/2012 // By John Kostyack

Next week, the long-awaited trial begins to decide the liability of BP, Transocean, Halliburton and other companies involved with the April 2010 oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The trial was set to begin this week, but it was postponed […] Read more >

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Houston Toads: New Victims of Climate Change

2/27/2012 // By Joe Mendelson

Climate change isn’t just making the mercury rise; it is causing a lot of other problems, including extreme droughts and wildfires. These accelerating global warming impacts are very troubling for the Houston toad, and with Leap Day upon us the plight of this endangered amphibian has been […] Read more >

Miami Blue Butterfly, Photo credit: Jeffrey Glassberg, Ph.D

Vanishing Beauty: Endangered Miami Blue Butterfly Losing to Invasive Green Iguana

2/16/2012 // By Mekell Mikell

The Sunshine State is a little less bright and colorful now that the tiny and endangered Miami blue butterflyis facing a new challenge to its survival.  Large Central American iguanas are feasting on the nickerbean leaves this vanishing beauty uses […] Read more >

Campus Youth – Enter the NWF Journey in your Backyard Sweepstakes to win a trip to the adventurous island of Oahu

2/14/2012 // By Kristy Jones

National Wildlife Federation has teamed up with the film Journey 2: The Mysterious Island to inspire students and their families to get outdoors, to explore nature and to learn about the incredible wildlife in their own backyard.   Journey 2: […] Read more >

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Here Be Dragons, Hopefully: Sydney Joins Effort to Save Komodo Dragons in 2012

2/1/2012 // By Max Greenberg

We’ve gone a full week without Komodo dragon news on Wildlife Promise (see Megan Blevins’s timely ‘Year of the Dragon’ post here). That’s as intolerable as eating less than 80% of one’s body weight might be to an extremely hungry […] Read more >

Because of Pythons, Nine Lives May Not Be Enough for Florida Panther

2/1/2012 // By Mekell Mikell

If cats have nine lives, an endangered cougar subspecies may be down to its last one. The Florida panther has been a whisker away from extinction for decades, struggling to survive amidst habitat loss, pollution, disease and uncontrolled hunting.  Unfortunately, […] Read more >

Washington’s Dwindling Glaciers and Water Supply

1/20/2012 // By Steve Malloch

David Lester reports in the Yakima Herald-Republic: “In the first comprehensive study of its kind, a Portland State University study has found Mount Adams’ 12 glaciers have shrunk by nearly half since 1904 and are receding faster than those of […] Read more >

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Tar Sands Spell Big Trouble for Whooping Cranes

1/10/2012 // By Robyn Carmichael

The recovery of the North American whooping crane is one of conservation’s most inspiring success stories. A century ago, there were thought to be between 500 and 1,400 of these birds living in the wild, but loss of habitat and […] Read more >

Could We Hibernate?

12/22/2011 // By Anne Bolen

It’s that time of year again. I am sitting on my couch under my heaviest blanket with my third cup of coffee, stirred with a candy cane, after just having devoured another piece of pecan pie. As I feel my […] Read more >

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New Hope for Northwest Salmon

12/21/2011 // By Robyn Carmichael

Western water issues are notoriously complex and the Yakima River Basin in central Washington is no exception. Here, competing demands for water have run headlong into the impacts of climate change–resulting in a severe water crisis and pushing salmon to […] Read more >