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Let's Honor an American Tradition: Create the Greater Canyonlands National Monument

Posted July 23, 2014 by Frances Beinecke in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Forty years ago this summer, I traveled through the Greater Canyonlands for the first time. I had just finished graduate school and decided to hit the road with friends. We had plenty of adventures along the way, but nothing prepared...continued

Navy War Games May Be Disrupting More than Just Animals in Hawaii

Posted July 21, 2014 by Zak Smith in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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The Navy’s day-to-day training activities wreak havoc on the marine life unfortunate enough to be nearby. This is doubly true for their war games. And now, whales and dolphins may not be the only mammals impacted, as the latest...continued

Halliburton takes 5 days to provide chemical information at Ohio fracking explosion that killed 70,000 fish

Posted July 21, 2014 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Last week I blogged about explosions and a spill at a fracking operation in Ohio. More details are now available, and the reports offer a cautionary tale of all the things that can go wrong on a fracking site. Here are...continued

EPA Takes the Next Critical Step Toward Protecting Wild Salmon and Stopping the Massive Pebble Mine

Posted July 18, 2014 by Joel Reynolds in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Nuclear Weapons, Waste and Energy, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency formally proposed limitations that would block the massive, ill-conceived Pebble Mine project -- the controversial proposal to mine gold and copper at the headwaters of the pristine Bristol Bay wild salmon fishery in Alaska that faces...continued

The Final Frontier: Canada's National Energy Board Raises the Specter of Deep Offshore Drilling in the Arctic Ocean

Posted July 18, 2014 by Chuck Clusen in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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This blog post was co-authored by Joshua Axelrod. Last week, Canada’s major oil and gas regulator, the National Energy Board (NEB), acquiesced to the requests of two of the world’s largest oil companies—Imperial Oil (a subsidiary of ExxonMobil) and Chevron—by...continued

National Geographic Adding Recycled Content to Flagship Magazine

Posted July 17, 2014 by Darby Hoover in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment

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The magazine famous for showcasing the natural wonders of the world for generations is now helping to preserve them in its own pages. Today, NRDC and Green America announced that the National Geographic Society has begun incorporating recycled fiber into...continued

Why the Secretary of Agriculture Is Right to Try to Close Idaho's Sheep Experiment Station

Posted July 16, 2014 by Andrew Wetzler in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Conservation biology has long taught us that if we want to preserve the few truly wild places left in North America we must, to the greatest extent possible, connect them.  Providing animals with easily accessible and relatively safe corridors and...continued

Discovering Life along a River of Local and National Importance

Posted July 11, 2014 by Monty Schmitt in Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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John Sutter, a CNN journalist, has just completed an incredible journey from source to sea on the San Joaquin River, the impetus for which was the designation in 2014 of the San Joaquin as one of the most endangered rivers...continued

Time to Protect the Arctic Refuge from Drilling Once and For All

Posted July 10, 2014 by Frances Beinecke in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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I will never forget the sensation of flying over the Brooks Range in a tiny Cessna. The ride was bumpy, and the light of an endless Alaskan summer day poured through the windows. Snow-covered peaks and slate-gray ridges filled the...continued

We've Waited Long Enough: The US Must Act to Save Whales and Dolphins from Dying in Foreign Fishing Gear

Posted July 2, 2014 by Zak Smith in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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  Each year, more than 650,000 whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals are caught or seriously injured in fishing gear around the world. Entangled in nets, wrapped in fishing lines, or snagged on fishing hooks, these animals either drown or...continued

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