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Two Labor Unions Oppose Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline And Outline Better Alternatives

8/19/2011 // By Ryan Salmon

“We call on the State Department NOT to approve the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline or to take any actions that lead to the further extraction of Tar Sands oil from Alberta, Canada,” said the presidents of the Amalgamated […] 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 >

(flickr | Brandon Doran)

TV is Killing Me, or: Not Only Kids Need to Get Outside

8/18/2011 // By Max Greenberg

I watch too much television. It’s tempting to invoke ‘Do As I Say, Not As I Do’—we’ve discussed the pitfalls of couch-potato-ism and sedentary life several times on Wildlife Promise—but this could be one habit I need to curb. Like, […] Read more >

Polar bear at the Maryland Zoo, July 2011 (via Flickr's Michael Bentley)

New Climate Data Shows July was 7th-Hottest on Record Globally

8/15/2011 // By Miles Grant

New data confirms what you already knew – July was incredibly hot, one of the warmest on record. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center just released its recap of July 2011. Here are some of the […] Read more >

Cornell's famous McGraw Hall and Tower (flickr | andymw91)

Cornell’s Civic Ecology Lab to Lead EPA Environmental Education Program

8/15/2011 // By Max Greenberg

The Ivy League gets especially green around the southern shore of Cayuga Lake–never more so than when it comes to environmental education. Cornell University’s Civic Ecology Lab has been chosen to lead the EPA Office of Environmental Education’s environmental education […] Read more >

(photo by Na'Taki Osborne Jelks)

Guest Post: Celebrating the 10th Annual Atlanta Earth Tomorrow Summer Institute

8/9/2011 // By NWF

This is a guest post from Dejia Freeman, a graduate of the National Wildlife Federation’s Atlanta Earth Tomorrow Program and current program assistant for Earth Tomorrow. The Southeast Regional Center of the National Wildlife Federation, community partners, graduates, and current […] Read more >

Detroit Community Garden

What Does Green Mean To African Americans?

8/8/2011 // By Simone Lightfoot

As a child my sisters and I would sometimes share bath water and shop at the Goodwill for Sunday dresses.  My great grandma would unearth worms to go fishing and all the fish she didn’t cook, were buried in a […] Read more >

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Mercury Pollution Safeguards Proposal Draws Blockbuster Public Support

8/3/2011 // By Tony Iallonardo

800,000 comments support the EPA in their efforts to curb dangerous mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants. Smashing records from previous public comment periods, over 800,000 Americans, with tens-of-thousands of those being National Wildlife Federation members, sent a crystal clear […] Read more >

credit: Mark Wexler

Climate Capsule: “Catastrophic, In Fact”

8/2/2011 // By Amanda Stone

In this week’s Capsule, Senator Durbin calls out Congress for avoiding discussion of global warming while they pass legislation to cut spending on programs that clean our air and water and attempt to reduce our carbon pollution. I don’t think they heard you… Read more >

Federal Budget Antics Threaten Safety of Communities, Raise Costs

7/29/2011 // By Kara Reeve

Even climate change skeptics may agree that the weather is changing. Just this spring and summer, a tornado outbreak in Alabama tore through the state and destroyed homes; an unprecedented heat wave and drought smothered Oklahoma with 32 consecutive days […] Read more >