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Six Products in Your Holiday Shopping Cart that Drive Deforestation in Latin America

Posted December 12, 2014 by Amanda Maxwell in Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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Approximately 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions originate from deforestation and forest degradation, which are no longer problems that can be discounted as local or rural issues. Whether burned, processed, or discarded, trees release immense amounts of carbon dioxide...continued

Our Forests Aren't Fuel

Posted December 10, 2014 by Peter Lehner in Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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As an admitted arborophile, I’m happy to see that tree-planting crews from the New York City Parks Department are kicking their efforts into high gear as winter approaches, planting saplings that can turn barren urban streets into cool, leafy corridors....continued

San Joaquin River Access Guide: A portal for recreation and discovery

Posted December 10, 2014 by Monty Schmitt in Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Who has not had the experience of being surprised to discover a little park or hiking trail near their home or along their drive to work they had never known was there? For more than 15 years I have...continued

Sturgeon Rescue: Under Settlement, Federal Government Will Designate Critical Habitat For Imperiled Atlantic Sturgeon

Posted November 27, 2014 by Brad Sewell in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Just in time for Thanksgiving, Tuesday brought good news for Atlantic sturgeon. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has agreed to a settlement with NRDC that will result in critical habitat designation for Atlantic sturgeon, which is listed under the...continued

I'm Thankful for Quality Science: A Roadmap for Polar Bear Conservation

Posted November 26, 2014 by Zak Smith in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Last week, the Los Angeles Times published an article entitled “40% decline in polar bears in Alaska, western Canada heightens concerns,” detailing a population study of the southern Beaufort Sea polar bear population from 2001 to 2010. Why am...continued

This Week in Whales Focus: NGOs Petition the Mexican President to Save the Vaquita in Advance of Major Decision

Posted November 21, 2014 by Zak Smith in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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For years, people have been working furiously to save the vaquita—a small porpoise species found only in the northernmost part of the Gulf of California. Today, fewer than 100 individuals remain and they are declining at a rate of 18.5...continued

US Financial Support of Green Climate Fund is in America's Interest

Posted November 20, 2014 by Jake Schmidt in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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The U.S. and other countries have pledged initial resources to help the Green Climate Fund (GCF) spur emissions reductions in developing countries and assist the most vulnerable in adapting to the impacts of climate change. The U.S. pledge of $3...continued

Senate Votes Down Effort to Rubber Stamp Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

Posted November 20, 2014 by Frances Beinecke in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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We had a victory for climate action and clean water this week.  The Senate rejected an attempt to approve the Keystone XL pipeline for tar sands oil on Tuesday night. Keystone XL has sweeping implications for our health, our...continued

Japan Unveils New Plan to Hunt Whales in the Antarctic

Posted November 18, 2014 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Despite the ban on commercial whaling and recent decision by the UN International Court of Justice  that Japan’s “scientific research” whaling program in the Antarctic was illegal, Japan just released a NEW plan for “research” whaling in the Antarctic. ...continued

Senate Rejects Bid to Force Approval of Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

Posted November 18, 2014 by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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Despite strong lobbying by oil-industry allies, the U.S. Senate tonight defeated an effort to approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The Senate vote reaffirms a commitment to fight climate change. Taking leadership sometimes means saying “no”.  This bill would...continued

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