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An oiled heron was among the wildlife victims of Enbridge's massive 2010 tar sands spill into the Kalamazoo River.  Image from howtobearesponsiblesteward.blogspot.com

New Report: Tar Sands Oil Too Risky for the Great Lakes Region

12/15/2014 // By Jim Murphy

A report issued by National Wildlife Federation, Minnesota Conservation Federation, and Prairie Rivers Network shows that industry plans to expand tar sands transport through the Great Lakes region pose too high a risk to the wildlife and communities of the […] Read more >

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Pipeline Safety Agency Says No to Public Request for Tar Sands Pipeline Safety Measures

12/9/2014 // By Jim Murphy

It would seem to follow that two of the most severe pipeline oil spill disasters in our nation’s history would garner the attention of a federal agency charged with protecting us from pipeline spills.  But in response to a coalition of landowners, former […] Read more >

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Working to Protect Wildlife at the International Climate Change Conference

12/3/2014 // By David Burns

Over the next two weeks, National Wildlife Federation staff will be blogging from the annual international climate negotiations (COP20 - or 20th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), which opened Monday in Lima, Peru.  In […] Read more >

A strong CPP can help advance clean, wildlife-friendly energy sources, such as offshore wind (photo credit: London Array)

Support from Across the Country as the Clean Power Plan Comment Period Comes to a Close

12/2/2014 // By Jenny Rowland

The comment deadline for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP) came to a close yesterday, December 1st. The Clean Power Plan will set first ever limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants, ultimately achieving a 30% reduction in […] Read more >

Pronghorn are threatened by both climate change and oil and gas development (photo credit: USFWS)

Clean Energy: Working for Wildlife

11/21/2014 // By Jenny Rowland

It is well known that the burning of fossil fuels releases carbon and other pollutants into the air when burned, which directly contribute to climate change and pose a dire threat to wildlife, communities, and public health. Luckily, nonpolluting sources […] Read more >

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Sydney World Parks Congress: Charting the Future of Nature

11/21/2014 // By Bruce Stein

Over the past week more than 5,000 conservationists from around the world gathered here in Sydney, Australia to participate in the 6th IUCN World Parks Congress. This once-a-decade gathering is an opportunity to take stock of how we are doing […] Read more >

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Climate Adaptation Planning Gaining Momentum at Federal Level

11/21/2014 // By Michael Murray

Even if the federal government is moving slowly on the climate mitigation front, agencies are ramping up their efforts on climate adaptation, with a number of new reports, initiatives or tools coming out in recent months. Between the federal and […] Read more >

Students check out the Insect Hotel. Photo credit: Christy Boussard

Eco-Schools USA Goes to College

11/19/2014 // By Jennifer Murck

  Northwest Montessori is a private school in Seattle, Washington educating students Pre-K thru middle school. The school aims to build an environment that will help every student explore, communicate, work and perfect skills to their highest potential. Today we’d […] Read more >

The proposed site of Deepwater ONE (credit: Deepwater Wind)

Offshore Wind Power Already Creating Local Jobs, Commits to Creating Hundreds More

11/19/2014 // By Amber Hewett

Deepwater ONE, an offshore wind power project to be built 30 miles east of Montauk, can send 200 MW of its home-grown clean energy to Long Island. But first, Governor Cuomo, PSEG-LI, and the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) need to […] Read more >

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A Big Win for Wildlife: Senate Says No to Keystone XL Pipeline

11/18/2014 // By Lena Moffitt

Today, the Senate voted again on a bill that would’ve approved the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The effort, initiated by Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA), fell one vote short of the 60 needed for passage. Ranchers, farmers, landowners, tribes, and citizens […] Read more >