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Tar Sands Exposed Tour Shows Human, Environmental Cost of Dirty Fuel

1/28/2014 // By Jim Murphy

The contrast of images is stark, startling.  Scenes of majestic beauty untouched by the hands of people and scraped earth scraped made toxic and lifeless.  Images of the earth’s bounty; images of greed. Such are the images and stories of […] Read more >

Peregrine Falcon, Flickr photo by USFWS

Arctic Birds Suffering in A Changing Climate

1/27/2014 // By Daniel Hubbell

North in the Arctic, there is a mystery unfolding. Populations of birds have entered into a sharp and rapid decline, leaving scientists scrambling to understand just what is happening. As Ed Struzik for Yale’s Environment 360 reports, both the birds […] 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 >

Moose foraging in late winter. Photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Bill Gorton.

Tar Sands in our Tanks? Tracing Extreme Energy on its way to New England

1/23/2014 // By Annie Mackin

So far, New England has remained virtually free of the extreme, polluting form of energy known as tar sands. Less than 1 percent of our fuel comes from the viscous, tarry, carbon-intensive substance that must be strip mined or steamed […] Read more >

Fishing industries and wildlife of the Northeast are feeling the impacts of climate change.  Flickr photo by Geir Friestad

Senate Steps Up for Climate

1/23/2014 // By Mollie Simon

The Senate started off 2014 with a lot of climate action.  Last week, the Senate committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) held a hearing on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. At the committee hearing, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and […] 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 >

Kaity and Brett give interview at the end of their trek in South Portland

Portland-Montreal Pipeline Trek Wrap Up

1/22/2014 // By Guest Author

Guest post by Brett Chamberlin Monday marked the end of Kaity Thomson and Brett Chamberlin’s traverse of the Portland-Montreal Pipeline, a journey that brought them across Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Kaity, a student at the University of New Hampshire, […] Read more >

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

1/21/2014 // By Beth Pratt

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 […] Read more >

Reindeer at Santa's Village, NH

Portland-Montreal Pipeline Trek Day 4 – Visiting Area Businesses

1/18/2014 // By Guest Author

Guest Post by Brett Chamberlin Rivers and forests aren’t the only places intersected by the Portland-Montreal Pipeline. The aging crude oil pipeline also passes under dozens of business properties. Hundreds more are situated downstream along waterways at risk of contamination […] Read more >

Coventry Village Bridge

Portland-Montreal Pipeline Trek Day 3 – Visiting the Site of a Previous PMPL Spill

1/17/2014 // By Guest Author

Guest post by Brett Chamberlin With every step along our traverse of the Portland-Montreal Pipeline, one question weighs on our minds – what if crude oil were to spill from the pipeline right here? A pipeline spill isn’t as remote […] Read more >