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Offshore Wind Necessary to Combating Climate Change

This is a guest blog post by Chelsea Harnish, Energy Program Manager for Virginia Conservation Network. The most substantial long-term solution for combating climate change is to power our homes and businesses …

Flocking to Clean Energy: Conservationists Unite Behind Offshore Wind

Hundreds of conservation and public health groups, Atlantic coast elected officials and businesses are joining together to send a loud and clear message to the Obama administration: We’re united behind …

Camping Traditions Provide Best Family Memories

Camping comes in all styles but traditional camping trips are perhaps the most special. When I was young, my parents took me and my two older sisters for three weeks …

Metamorphosis of a Green Flag Eco-School in Centreville, Virginia

Last Friday, I had the privilege of conducting the in-person Green Flag Assessment for Virginia’s Centreville Elementary School. Elaine Tholen, Fairfax County Public Schools’ environmental coordinator, greeted me at the …

Important Wildlife Lesson: Baby Squirrels Unfamiliar with Pistachios

Add to the list of the great mysteries of nature: How can a baby squirrel understand a sunflower seed, but be stumped by a pistachio?

No Fracking Way: Protecting Our Public Lands, Wild Places and Wildlife

Great Outdoors America Week is September 19 -22 this year, but every day is an opportunity to appreciate the beauty of our public lands, wild places and wildlife. George Washington …

Climate Change and Hurricanes: Not Just a Concern for Coastal Communities

The 2011 hurricane season may well be remembered most for flooding along the eastern seaboard, especially from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. The impacts were felt in places that …

Global Warming Hits Home for NWF Climate Scientist

As I stood in a torrential downpour waiting for my son’s bus to arrive, I couldn’t help but think how this was yet another sign of climate change hitting home.  …

Celebrating National Endangered Species Day in Your Own Backyard

National Endangered Species Day is Friday, May 20th.  The day probably makes most people immediately think of pandas, polar bears, and gorillas or other charismatic mega fauna.  And, of course, …

Government Shutdown = Polluter Holiday?

As the budget battle continues, little attention is being paid to what a federal government shutdown might mean for safety of our air, water and land if government employees are forced home.

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