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Four Women Who Inspire Action and Conscience in Copenhagen

December 17, 2009

Posted by Frances Beinecke in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places , Solving Global Warming

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algore, aspeninstitute, brundtland, cop15, copenhagen, deforestation, energyactioncoalition, goodall, jessytolkan, mayalin, rainforest, REDD, WHO

With the international climate talks drawing representatives from 192 nations and attracting more than 110 world leaders, there are a lot of impressive people gathering in Copenhagen. But this week I have been particularly inspired by four powerful women--women who...

Copenhagen Could Generate a Real Commitment to Slowing Deforestation

December 4, 2009

Posted by Frances Beinecke in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places , Solving Global Warming

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bali, climatenegotiations, cop15, copenhagen, copenhagencountdown, deforestation, rainforest, tropicalforests

When I attended the climate talks in Bali in 2007, I realized that while the stage-crafted plenary sessions on emissions targets are a critical part of these negotiations, the quieter, sideline debates over specific details like financing or verifying reductions...

Tell Your Senators to Save Our National Parks from Global Warming

October 7, 2009

Posted by Frances Beinecke in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places , Solving Global Warming

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biogems, climatelegislation, conservation, energyandclimate2009, glacier, glaciernationalpark, globalwarming, grandtetons, joshuatree, kenburns, nationalparks, rockymountainwest, roosevelt, saguaro, wildlands, wildlife, wyoming

I still remember my first visit to a national park. I was nine years old, and my family traveled to the Grand Tetons in Wyoming. For a child from Northern New Jersey, it was a revelation. I was stunned by...

Bringing the Arctic and the Rainforest to New York's Climate Week

September 22, 2009

Posted by Frances Beinecke in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places , Solving Global Warming

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arctic, arcticcommision, arcticfisheries, arcticseaice, climateweek, copenhagencountdown, deforestation, G20, globalwarming, polarbears, princecharles, rainforest, unitednations

Climate Week has begun, and I am already inspired by the sense of momentum. From the U.N. Secretary General's Summit on Climate Change on Tuesday to the G20 Summit in Pittsburg at the end of the week, world leaders are...

My Summer Reading: Public Lands and the Next Generation of Roosevelts

August 28, 2009

Posted by Frances Beinecke in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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adirondacks, greatoutdoorsamerica, landandwaterconservationfund, nationalparks, publiclands, roosevelt, wildernessconservation, wildlands, wildlife

Like many Americans in summertime, I escaped the city this August and sought refuge in the natural world. For me, it was the shady woods and cool mountain lakes of the Adirondacks, but thanks to our nation's long history of...

The New Tar Sands Oil Pipeline: A Junkie's Last Fix

August 25, 2009

Posted by Frances Beinecke in Moving Beyond Oil , Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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alberta, borealforest, cleanenergy, dirtyfuels, energyandclimate2009, fuelefficiency, globalwarming, pipeline, tarsands

Having recently returned from the extensive tar sands oil fields of Alberta, I was alarmed to learn that our State Department just approved a new pipeline for funneling tar sands fuel straight into the U.S. Midwest. This decision locks us...

Obama’s View from Yellowstone: Pines Killed by Climate-Fueled Beetles

August 14, 2009

Posted by Frances Beinecke in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places , Solving Global Warming

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ACES, beetles, energyandclimate2009, extinction, forests, globalwarming, infestation, whitebarkpine, yellowstone

President Obama heads Saturday to Yellowstone National Park, where he and his family join the millions of Americans who thrill each year to the sulfureous steam of Old Faithful, the wild domains of bison and elk and the summer splendor...

America's Other Foreign Oil: Seeing Canada's Tar Sands Up Close

July 30, 2009

Posted by Frances Beinecke in Moving Beyond Oil , Saving Wildlife and Wild Places , Solving Global Warming

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alberta, borealforest, cleanenergy, dirtyfuels, firstnation, fortmcmurray, fuelefficiency, oiladdiction, oildrilling, pembina, tarsands

Most Americans recognize that our love affair with the automobile--and the oil addiction that comes with it--has implications for our foreign policy and military commitments in the Middle East. What is less well understood are the environmental and human consequences...

Tales from the Arctic and Obama’s Polar Bear Decision

May 12, 2009

Posted by Frances Beinecke in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places , Solving Global Warming

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alainhubert, arctic, aspeninstitute, bruntland, ESA, globalwarming, greenland, larrylunt, polarbears

Last Friday, two intrepid explorers finished their trek across some of Greenland's most remote territory. The travelers, Larry Lunt, a member of NRDC's Global Leadership Council, and Alain Hubert, the founder of the International Polar Foundation, set out on this...

Take Action During a Bad Week for Polar Bears

March 27, 2009

Posted by Frances Beinecke in Reviving the World's Oceans , Saving Wildlife and Wild Places , Solving Global Warming

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arctic, arcticcommision, arcticocean, globalwarming, lubchenco, polarbears

It's been a hard week for polar bears. Last Wednesday, the New York Times reported that scientists and officials from the five Arctic nations concluded that climate change is "the most important long-term threat" to the bears. Now the U.S....

Environmental Champion Robert Redford Wins New Award

March 10, 2009

Posted by Frances Beinecke in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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arcticnationalwildliferefuge, duke, redford, utah, utahwilderness, wildlands

NRDC Trustee Robert Redford has received the new LEAF award from Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment. The award honors Lifetime Environmental Achievement in the Fine Arts, and I think Redford is great inaugural recipient. Robert Redford has been...

What a Difference Six Weeks Makes: A Roundup of Obama's Green Progress

March 2, 2009

Posted by Frances Beinecke in Moving Beyond Oil , Saving Wildlife and Wild Places , Solving Global Warming , U.S. Law and Policy

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capandinvest, EPA waiver, federalbudget, globalwarming, jackson, mercury, obama, oilleases, salazar, utahwilderness

 People often ask me these days what it is like to advocate for environmental protections under the Obama administration. My answer is simple: it is a tremendous relief. It has only been six weeks since President Obama took office, but...

Baja, California, Gray Whales, and 11 Million BioGems Messages

February 23, 2009

Posted by Frances Beinecke in Reviving the World's Oceans , Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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baja, biogems, graywhales, lagunasanignacio, marinelife, sustainabledevelopment, whales

Visiting a gray whale nursery in Laguna San Ignacio, Baja, California last week reminded me of one of the fundamental truths about environmental advocacy: it is great to win victories, but then you have to secure them for the long-term....

What Successful Environmental Activism Looks Like: Wild Baby Whales

February 19, 2009

Posted by Frances Beinecke in Reviving the World's Oceans , Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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baja, biogems, lagunasanignacio, mexico, oceans, whales, wildlife

I spend most of my working hours sitting in meetings in office buildings. But over the past few days, I came face to face with what those meetings can achieve: wild baby gray whales, whales whose last unspoiled nursery was...

America Can Have Both Utah Wilderness and Affordable Heating Bills

January 12, 2009

Posted by Frances Beinecke in Moving Beyond Oil , Saving Wildlife and Wild Places , Solving Global Warming

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archesnationalpark, canyonlandsnationalpark, energyefficiency, midnightrules, naturalgas, naturalgasdrilling, obama, oildrilling, oilleases, redford, redrockcountry, utah, utahwilderness, weatherizing

Last month, NRDC Trustee Robert Redford boldly took a stand against the Bush administration's cynical efforts to take Utah landscapes out of public ownership and auction them off to private industry. Redford met with almost uniform praise for championing these...