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How Much of Yosemite Will Burn in a Fire Fueled By Climate Change?

8/26/2013 // By Beth Pratt

Last night from my neighbor’s deck, I watched the eerie glow of flames from one of the largest wildfires in California history. At my own house the top of the giant pyrocumulus—a cloud created by the intense heat of the […] Read more >

Dean Peak Wildfire, Arizona (Bureau of Land Management/Herberta Schroeder)

Deadly Wildfires Permanently Changing Arizona’s Desert Forest Wildlife Habitats?

7/1/2013 // By Miles Grant

America’s worst wildfire-fighting tragedy in generations struck on Sunday as 19 firefighters were killed near Yarnell, Arizona. The impacts of the firestorm on wildlife and ecosystems will take much longer to add up, but scientists say there’s evidence the intense […] Read more >

Wildfires, driven by record heat and drought, are the face of climate change in the Southwest. Photo by Judith Kohler.

Wildfire May Wipe Out Town: The Face of Climate Change in the Southwest

6/21/2013 // By Judith Kohler

The drought-driven wildfires rage on in Colorado. About a week after Colorado’s most destructive wildfire killed two people and destroyed at least 500 homes, a 29,000-acre – and growing — blaze could wipe out a mountain town in the southwest part […] Read more >

If the Keystone XL pipeline is constructed and tar sands development continues unchecked, some herds of Woodland Caribou could disappear in as little as 30 years. (Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

The Good and the Bad in the Senate Budget

3/25/2013 // By Adeline Rolnick

On Friday, after 14 hours of a Senate procedure called — really — vote-a-rama, the Senate passed the budget resolution proposed by Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray last week. Over 500 amendments were proposed, and over 100 were considered. Since the […] Read more >

Black bears across the country are going hungry as extreme heat and drought decrease their food supply.

Over 160,000 Want Climate on the Presidential Debate Agenda

9/28/2012 // By Rachel Arenstein

Thanks to the support of wildlife advocates, yesterday National Wildlife Federation delivered over 160,000 petition signatures to Jim Leher of PBS NewsHour. The petitions, signed by supporters of the National Wildlife Federation and eight partner organizations, including League of Conservation […] Read more >

Burning Concern: Drought-Driven Wildfires Generating Pollution

9/19/2012 // By Judith Kohler

This summer, the foothills and mountain peaks that form Colorado’s Front Range have been nearly invisible at times because of thick haze from wildfires in the state and across the region. The view to the west from Boulder and the […] Read more >

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Drought and the Climate Change Freeloaders

8/7/2012 // By Joe Mendelson

By now our news media has probably made you aware of the historic drought that is gripping the country. Almost 80 percent of the nation’s agricultural land is experiencing drought conditions not seen since the 1950′s. In mid-July, the U.S. […] Read more >

(NWF Photo by Judith Kohler)

Fallout from Wildfire, Erosion Expected to Plague Colorado River and Fish for Years

7/24/2012 // By Judith Kohler

It’s summertime in the Rockies, but all is not right in the northern Colorado fishing haven of Poudre Canyon. At first glance, it looks normal. Dozens of life-jacketed people in bright blue and yellow rafts are bouncing along the Cache […] Read more >

Image from NOAA's Climatic Data Center

Climate Change Becoming A Broken Record

7/9/2012 // By Joe Mendelson

Just today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its report on U.S. climate highlights for June.  The following are some key findings taken directly from the summary: The January-June period was the warmest first half of any year on record […] Read more >

What Is Causing the Climate to Unravel?

7/3/2012 // By Jeremy Symons

Answer: One Trillion Tons of Carbon Pollution 40,000 heat records have already been broken this year across the United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Here in Fredericksburg, Virginia, the signs of an unbalanced climate system have been […] Read more >