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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 …

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The Carbon Rule Brings in a New Era of Wind and Renewable Energy

5/22/2014 // By Mollie Simon

In less than two weeks, President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will roll out their vitally important plan to limit carbon pollution from power plants. As these rules begin to take shape, America will move away from fossil …

Wind turbines on public lands. Photo by Nic Callero.

Montana supports Public Lands and Renewable Energy

5/7/2014 // By Guest Author

Guest post by Hayley Connolly-Newman This week, Senator John Walsh signed on as co-sponsor of the Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act (S. 279). This demonstrates several things to Montanans. First, Sen. Walsh supports smart development of renewable energy in …

Wind turbines in Montana. Flickr photo by Mark Stevens.

Can Congress Renew Hope for Renewable Energy Development?

4/2/2014 // By Guest Author

As the second session of the 113th Congress develops, it is my great hope that Congress can leave its abysmal bill passage record in the past. In 2013, Congress signed just 57 bills into law, the lowest count in history. Much …

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Weekly News Roundup: Whitfield Bill Prioritizes Polluters Over Wildlife and More News

3/7/2014 // By Anne Goddard

The Final Countdown The proposed Keystone XL pipeline could significantly harm America’s treasured wildlife and wildlands. Join NWF in calling on President Obama and Secretary Kerry to reject Keystone XL. The decision is in their hands—this pipeline will harm wildlife and exacerbate …

Loggerhead sea turtle. Photo by Damien du Toit.

Phone Calls for Endangered Sea Turtles

2/25/2014 // By Jane Kirchner

Every year, when water temperatures warm, endangered loggerhead sea turtles visit Maryland’s coast and the Chesapeake Bay.  They often return to the same feeding area each year and in between nesting periods to eat a variety of prey including jellyfish, …

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The State of The Rockies and Public Lands

2/14/2014 // By Ann Morgan

Once again, Colorado College’s State of the Rockies Project has put its finger on the pulse of the West. Their recently released Conservation in the West Poll shows that voters want leaders who seek to protect public lands and the natural …

A pair of wind turbines Flickr photo by Mike Atkins.

Renewable Energy and Public Lands

2/6/2014 // By Guest Author

Guest post by Hayley Connolly-Newman I was recently a participant in a National Wildlife Federation lobby day fly-in to Washington D.C. Not only was jetlag having effects of what felt like a 4:30 a.m. wake up call, but I had …

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It Never Rains in California: On the Front Lines of the ‘Mega-drought’

1/21/2014 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

The statistics are alarming. 2013 proved to be California’s driest year on record, and the drought now qualifies as the worst in the state’s recorded history. Our water bank, the Sierra Nevada snowpack, stands at 17% of normal. Governor Jerry …

Field buffer of perennial grasses and forbs in MN. Courtesy of NRCS.

Guidelines to Produce Energy Grasses in Wildlife-Friendly Ways

1/16/2014 // By Ben Larson

One of the great things about my job is being able to learn more about wildlife from experts at NWF, in other organizations, and with consultants working on projects for us. One such project has been especially near and dear …

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