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Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal & Pup (Photo: US Fish & Wildlife Service)

Conservation Can’t Wait: What President Obama Can Do Right Now

1/28/2014 // By Miles Grant

The Associated Press reports President Obama will broaden a theme from last year’s speech in tonight’s State of the Union address: If Congress won’t act, President Obama will. That’s good news because there’s a range of conservation issues on which […] Read more >

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Coal Train from the Powder River Basin Derails

1/24/2014 // By Mollie Simon

This past weekend, 19 coal cars derailed in Caledonia, Wisconsin.  The 135-car train was carrying coal from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming to a power plant facility in Sheboygan, Wisconsin when it crashed, most likely due to cold temperatures. Fortunately […] Read more >

Coal Train

Dirty Business: Congress Seeks To Export U.S. Fossil Fuels and Carbon Pollution

1/24/2014 // By Jim Murphy

In another shameless attempt to undermine sound climate policy and keep the pedal to the metal on dirty fuel production, House Congressional members snuck a provision into the Omnibus Appropriations Bill to halt sensible policies that virtually eliminate U.S. financing […] Read more >

A mule deer in the Powder River Basin.  Flickr photo by Kimon Berlin

Powder River Basin Coal Mines Could Drastically Increase Carbon Emissions

1/22/2014 // By Mollie Simon

Wildlife in the Powder River Basin (PRB) of southeastern Montana and northeastern Wyoming are being mined out of their habitat. Coal companies are strip mining the public’s coal in the PRB and transporting it to the west coast ports to […] Read more >

Train carrying crude oil from ND wrecks & spills into wetlands in AL, Nov. 2013 (Flickr: Public Herald/John Wathen)

2013 Was Historically Awful For U.S. Oil Train Disasters

1/21/2014 // By Miles Grant

How much crude oil did trains spill across America in 2013? More than had been spilled in TOTAL in the nearly four decades since the federal government began collecting data on such spills, reports McClatchy’s Curtis Tate: Including major derailments […] Read more >

Photo Credit: Eric Charbonneau

Weekly News Roundup- January 17, 2014

1/17/2014 // By Anne Goddard

What’s happening at National Wildlife Federation this week? Coal Disaster: Coal train derails and spills into stream in British Columbia. Clean Water or Bust! Tribes demand responsible mining and clean Water. Follow the Trek! Day 2 of the Portland-Montreal Pipeline […] Read more >

Coastal Brown Bear and Cubs

Progress for Protecting Alaska’s Wildlife from Mining

1/17/2014 // By Jane Kirchner

There is good news for coastal brown bears and other wildlife in Alaska threatened by a proposed large-scale mining project! A new environmental watershed assessment from the Environmental Protection Agency clearly shows that development of the proposed Pebble Mine should […] Read more >

(Photo credit: Vivian Stockman)

Federal Government Investigates West Virginia’s “Lawless” Regulation of Coal Mining

1/16/2014 // By Jim Murphy

Charleston, West Virginia’s largest city and capital, has just begun to reopen after a coal processing chemical storage facility spilled into the Elk River, rendering the city’s water unusable for 300,000 people. While the spill was not a direct result […] Read more >

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 […] Read more >

Contaminated groundwater. Photo courtesy Earthworks.

Tribes Demand Responsible Mining and Clean Water

1/15/2014 // By Tony Turrini

This week, leaders and environmental staff members from eight tribes and tribal organizations are flying to Washington, D.C. to ask the Obama Administration to address a problem that impacts us all.  Mining companies are discharging huge quantities of untreated, toxic waste […] Read more >