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Best of Green! NRDC Chosen "Best Political Watchdog" by TreeHugger!

April 8, 2010

Posted by Phil Gutis in Curbing Pollution , Health and the Environment , 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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bestofgreen, bestpoliticalwatchdog, edbegleyjr, nrdc, treehugger

On behalf of all of NRDC -- our Board, our Members, supporters and activists and, of course, our staff -- a huge thank you to the editors and readers of TreeHugger. This afternoon, the NRDC family learned that NRDC was...

The First Touch at Laguna San Ignacio

March 21, 2010

Posted by Phil Gutis in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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bajacalifornia, graywhales, lagunasanignacio

It was later than usual when we set off this afternoon for our second trip onto the lagoon. A world-renown marine scientist, Bruce Mate from the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University, was on a boat nearby and he...

The "Friendlies" at Laguna San Ignacio

March 16, 2010

Posted by Phil Gutis in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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bajacalifornia, graywhales, lagunasanignacio

Ten percent of the whales that come to Laguna San Ignacio are believed to be “friendly,” to seek the company of humans. Finding them in this big lagoon is not guaranteed. As we set off on our first boat trip...

Fear, Awe and Anticipation

March 15, 2010

Posted by Phil Gutis in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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bajacalifornia, graywhales, lagunasanignacio

Fear. That’s the only way to describe the emotion that quickly flashed through my mind when we spotted our first gray whale. We were flying over Laguna San Ignacio on approach to the camp and suddenly there it was. I...

An Orangutan and a Dog ...

February 27, 2010

Posted by Phil Gutis in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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hound, lagunasanignacio, orangutan, whale

Next month, I'll be traveling to Mexico for a visit to Laguna San Ignacio, a birthing ground for the gray whale that almost became a salt factory. I'm beyond giddy at the idea of looking these vast creatures in the...

Unchopping a Tree: Videos from Maya Lin

December 11, 2009

Posted by Phil Gutis in Curbing Pollution , Health and the Environment , Living Sustainably , Saving Wildlife and Wild Places , Solving Global Warming , The Media and the Environment

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CNN, copenhagen, deforestation, globalwarming, mayalin

NRDC Trustee Maya Lin has a remarkable mind. The art and memorials that she's created have moved millions of people and left many of them speechless with emotion. This afternoon CNN will air a story about one of her newest...

What Are the Whales Telling Us?

July 12, 2009

Posted by Phil Gutis in Reviving the World's Oceans , Saving Wildlife and Wild Places , U.S. Law and Policy

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bajacalifornia, graywhales, lagunasanignacio, lethalsounds, newyorktimes, piercebrosnan, sonar

I am determined. Next winter, Tim and I will travel to Baja California and Laguna San Ignacio to witness for ourselves a ritual almost too impossible to believe: mother whales encouraging their newborns to interact with humans. NRDC preserved the...

More Nature, Suburban Style

June 8, 2009

Posted by Phil Gutis in Living Sustainably , Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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bees, gardening, nature, simplesteps, suburban

In recent weeks, I've discovered an affinity for gardening. For the first time, the mosquitos and the bugs and the heat haven't deadened my will to get my hands dirty. I've especially come to appreciate the experience of pulling weeds...

Squishy Rock

April 27, 2009

Posted by Phil Gutis in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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newhope, pennsylvania, toad

I took a day off today and spent a good portion of it with Tim as we put the results of the latest shopping trip into the ground and in terra cotta pots on the deck. In the late afternoon,...

Breaking News: Utah Leases Blocked

January 17, 2009

Posted by Phil Gutis in Moving Beyond Oil , Saving Wildlife and Wild Places , U.S. Law and Policy

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bushadministration, landleases, ricardourbina, sharonbuccino, utah

Update, 11:31 eastern, from the NRDC News Release: More than 110,000 acres of Utah wilderness will be protected from oil and gas companies as a result of a ruling last night by Judge Ricardo M. Urbina of the U.S. District...

Balance and the Case for Wolves

November 19, 2008

Posted by Phil Gutis in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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balance, louisawillcox, marathon, northernrockies, rockymountains, wolves, youtube

About seven years ago I decided to try something athletic for the first time in my life and set a rather unrealistic goal: train for and run a 26.2-mile-long marathon. My first race was oddly addictive and I continued to...

Behind the Price Drops

October 29, 2008

Posted by Phil Gutis in Greening China , Saving Wildlife and Wild Places , The Media and the Environment

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cleanenergy, financialtimes, IEA, InternationalEnergyAgency, oilsupply, tomfriedman

One of the benefits of a long train commute is that you get to read headlines from all sorts of papers as my fellow commuters settle in (yes, I know "benefit" is a bit of reach). Anyway, given the steady...

Bear Meets Puppy

November 16, 2007

Posted by Phil Gutis in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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bear, environmentalism, puppies

One of my first posts way back when was titled Bear Meets Bear. I described how I was a stocky hairy fellow and told the tale of how I saw my first bear in the wild.Recently I posted another entry...

Lobster in a Pot

October 6, 2007

Posted by Phil Gutis in Reviving the World's Oceans , Saving Wildlife and Wild Places , Solving Global Warming , The Media and the Environment

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globalwarming, lobster, longisland, vegetarian

Hard to believe, but it was almost 25 years ago when my vegetarian voyage started. The journey started in a seafood shop somewhere on the south shore of Long Island. I had just been assigned to cover Long Island for ...

Bad News for Anyone Who Eats

August 26, 2007

Posted by Phil Gutis in Curbing Pollution , Health and the Environment , Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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bees, carbaryl, EPA, healthandtoxics, honeybees, OnEarthMagazine, sevin, wiredmagazine

One of the favorite parts of my job at NRDC is that I get to serve as publisher of OnEarth, our quarterly magazine. Beyond being able to work with a superbly talented team of editors and designers, what makes this...

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