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A section of the Dan River upstream from the spill site. Flickr photo by Rebecca Murphey.

The Week in Fossil Fuel Disasters

2/19/2014 // By Avelino Maestas

You’ve heard of the three-legged stool: knock one leg out and the whole thing comes crumbling down. What happens when each leg is prone to snapping, over and over again, repeatedly? That’s the story of our fossil-fuel economy: the extraction, […] Read more >

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More Pollution for Chesapeake Blue Crabs?

2/17/2014 // By Jane Kirchner

After showing signs of a big comeback, blue crab numbers in the Chesapeake Bay are plummeting. This crustacean with sapphire-tinted claws is very sensitive to environmental and habitat changes—and officials were disappointed to see their numbers drop by more than 60% […] Read more >

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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 […] Read more >

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, […] Read more >

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Valentine’s Day Crafts and BP Oil Spill in the Weekly News Roundup- February 14, 2014

2/14/2014 // By Anne Goddard

Valentine’s Day is here! If you’re looking for some wildlife-themed V-Day crafts and recipes to try out with your kids, we’ve got you covered. Here are 13 activities that will help make Valentine’s Day extra sweet this year! Check out […] Read more >

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Study: Deepwater Horizon Oil Causes Heart Damage in Tuna

2/14/2014 // By Ryan Fikes

A new study has found that a chemical in oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill causes irregular heartbeats in bluefin and yellowfin tuna that can lead to heart attacks, or even death. The researchers believe that similar impacts […] Read more >

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 […] Read more >

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A Tale of Two Sportsmen’s Bills

2/11/2014 // By John W. Gale

With Congress these days, it can seem like the best of times and the worst of times. After years of relatively little legislative success, members of both chambers and on both sides of the political divide managed to construct and […] Read more >

Snowy owl, like Hedwig, from National Wildlife Federation Photo Contest entrant Kim Leblanc.

Snowy Owls, Farm Bill in the Weekly News Roundup–February 7, 2014

2/7/2014 // By Anne Goddard

The Polar Vortex Brings Rare Snowy Owl Sightings No, it’s not Hedwig carrying your long awaited acceptance letter from Hogwarts, but recent rare sightings of snowy owls have inspired many Americans to take up birding. “The sudden arrival of snowy owls up […] Read more >

Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Bruce Sink.

California Drought Spurs Dangerous Attack on Endangered Species Act

2/4/2014 // By Beth Pratt

Right now, all anyone can talk about in California is the drought. Our snowpack is at 12 percent of normal levels, our reservoirs resemble drained bathtubs, and our rivers are slowing to a trickle in places. While few seem ready […] Read more >