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Guest Blog Post by Hilary Yu: Exploring the Treasure State - A Summer with NRDC

Posted August 20, 2014 by Matt Skoglund in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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                        (Bison in Yellowstone National Park. Photo by Hilary Yu.) After a truly incredible summer in Big Sky Country, I’ve begun to understand why so many people come to Montana and either never leave or begin to craft plans for...continued

Recovering Sage Grouse Will Need Everyone at the Table

Posted August 19, 2014 by Bobby McEnaney in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Western landscapes have much to offer with their natural splendor and vast spaces, but one other defining characteristic of the natural West is the teeming and charismatic wildlife to be found.  One of these charismatic species, the Greater Sage Grouse...continued

VIDEO: Pebble Mine and the Death Star Mine at Mount Polley

Posted August 18, 2014 by Joel Reynolds in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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In the wake of the devastating Mt. Polley Mine disaster, and even as the latest tests confirmed elevated levels of toxic copper and lead in aquatic life, a predictable progression is already underway. Within days, the mine owner, the...continued

Revised Water Bond Is the Right Response to California's Drought

Posted August 12, 2014 by Kate Poole in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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A broad array of stakeholders and interest groups, including NRDC, joined Governor Brown today to call for action on a proposed water bond that is slimmed down, focused on a key set of investments, and far superior to the $11.1...continued

Now Showing: Pebble Mine's Disastrous Future at BC's Mount Polley Mine

Posted August 7, 2014 by Joel Reynolds in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, 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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In the early morning of August 4, 2014, a major breach occurred in an earthen dam built to contain millions of tons of mining waste – called “tailings” -- at the Mount Polley copper and gold mine in central...continued

Toledo's Toxic Drinking Water - Could It Happen in California?

Posted August 5, 2014 by Kate Poole in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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It’s enough to make your stomach turn:  thick, gooey, green glop covering portions of Lake Erie and poisoning the drinking water supplies of Toledo and its neighbors.  Credit: Ohio DNR, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/ Poor Toledo.  Could never happen here in California, right?...continued

"Biological impacts of fracking still largely unknown"

Posted August 5, 2014 by Amy Mall in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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A new peer-reviewed scientific paper outlines in detail the threats of fracking to plants and wildlife. The authors, from various universities, concluded that there are few studies and therefore significant knowledge gaps. Among their findings: Threats from shale development include: "surface and groundwater contamination; diminished stream...continued

Time to Call for the Full Expansion of the National Monument in the Pacific Ocean

Posted August 5, 2014 by Frances Beinecke in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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In the heat of the summer, millions of Americans are heading to the ocean for cool relief. Playing in the waves, collecting seashells, and spotting dolphins will become the stuff of countless family memories. I still remember spending hours at...continued

The Proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan Is the Wrong Approach for California

Posted July 29, 2014 by Kate Poole in Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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As California struggles to respond to one of the worst droughts in generations, we need to do more than shorten our showers and turn off the faucet while brushing our teeth.   California’s water system is broken: The San Francisco Bay-...continued

We Need President Obama to Save Whales from Navy Exercises

Posted July 25, 2014 by Zak Smith in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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This week, the Natural Resources Defense Council launched a petition drive asking President Obama to protect whales from deadly sonar and explosives. It’s action the world’s marine mammals desperately need. At home, the Navy is engaged in exercises that...continued

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