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Mexican Gray Wolf (Photo: USFWS)

What you need to know about wolf conservation

2021 was a hard year for wolves. Last October, the Trump administration yanked Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection away from every wolf in the Lower 48 states.1 This year, we faced the consequences: More hunting than we’ve seen in decades.  But hope isn’t lost for our magnificent gray wolves, their elusive red wolf cousins, or the unique lobos of the Southwest. Here’s […]

“Chemical recycling” isn’t recycling at all

Fossil fuel companies are touting a new solution to the plastic waste crisis: so-called “chemical recycling.”1     The term “chemical recycling” is highly misleading. Chemical recycling doesn’t turn used plastic into new products, but instead turns plastic waste into oil and gas to be burned. In the process, greenhouse gases and toxic pollution are released into the atmosphere.2 Solutions to plastic pollution shouldn’t create […]

Why are these deadly traps still allowed in wildlife refuges?

Why are these deadly traps still allowed in our national wildlife refuges?       Wildlife refuges are meant to be safe havens. A refuge is meant to be a haven, a place for visitors to enjoy and wildlife to thrive. But in nearly half of our country’s wildlife refuges, pets, people and wildlife alike are all in danger of stepping into a painful — […]

Twice as many wolves slaughtered — unless we take action

Twice as many wolves slaughtered. That’s the goal the state of Wisconsin has set for a wolf hunt that starts in just a few short weeks.1   wolf    Wolves need the protection of the Endangered Species Act. We urgently need to restore federal Endangered Species Act protections if we’re going to save wolves across the Lower 48 from a brutal hunting season. You can take […]

We shouldn’t fund radioactive contamination

Uranium mining is one of the riskiest industrial activities in the world.   Uranium mining is dirty and dangerous. Every single uranium mine operated in the United States has needed toxic waste cleanup. Yet one leftover Trump-era plan would expand the dangerous mining of this highly radioactive element.1 The Department of Energy is accepting public input on the plan until Oct. 13, and we […]

This could be our best chance to save the bees

Almost every delicious bite of fresh produce you had this summer was made possible by hardworking bees eagerly pollinating summer fields and gardens.       We depend on bees. We depend on bees for so much. But this year has seen massive losses in native and honey bee populations — some of the worst in decades — fueled in large part by neonicotinoid pesticides, […]

Wildfires have left this bird homeless

Ash and dust — that’s all that last year’s wildfires left behind for the greater sage grouse of central Washington state.       The greater sage grouse needs protection. The grouse’s habitat has been shrinking for years, and that loss of habitat is fueling a terrible decline. This unique bird is an icon of the American West — so to save it and the […]

Monarch butterfly (Photo: Wikimedia user Rhododendrites CC 4.0)

Fewer than 2000 western monarch butterflies are left

In the 1980s, there were 4.5 million western monarch butterflies; last year, there were fewer than 2,000.1       The western monarch butterfly faces extinction. If the western monarch’s population continues to collapse, this iconic pollinator — whose migrations have awed generations — could disappear for good. This is an emergency — and members of Congress are calling on Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to […]

Fish-killing plastic pellets are spreading like wildfire

Tiny plastic pellets are spreading across the Indian Ocean like wildfire, coating coastlines and killing wildlife everywhere they go.1       Plastic pollution is choking the planet. The plastics we’re producing are choking our planet and its wildlife. We can’t reduce, reuse or recycle our way out of this problem — but it’s not too late to change our relationship with plastic and save […]

Tell Congress: Save the Southern Resident orca

Back when the oldest Southern Resident orca, L25, was born, Chinook salmon freely swam up the Snake River and back into the ocean, providing critical food for these majestic creatures. Now, L25 is 93 years old and battles starvation, hunting alongside her pod for the vanishing Chinook salmon.     There are only 74 Southern Resident orcas left. Southern Resident orcas are critically endangered, […]

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