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Offshore Drilling Dangers: The 2010 Deepwater Offshore Oil Disaster (Photo: US Coast Guard)

Support this ban on new offshore drilling

Nearly ten years after BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded — causing the worst oil spill in U.S. history — pollution lingers in the Gulf of Mexico.1        We need to prevent future catastrophes. The seafloor around the site of the oil spill is a blackened wasteland. Deep-dwelling sea cucumbers and corals are replaced with tumor-ridden crabs and sticky, sluggish shrimp. Golf-ball sized […]

Environmental Action Impact: Monarch Butterflies (Photo: Suzanne Schroeder cc 2.0)

Nature’s most incredible butterfly migration is in peril

The orange and black wings of monarch butterflies don’t fill evening skies the way they used to: Compared to 20 years ago, just one-tenth as many monarchs will make their miraculous migration down the West Coast this year.1       It’s not too late to save monarch butterflies. It’s not too late for the monarch. We can still reverse this precious pollinator’s catastrophic decline […]

Don’t let this march of the penguins be their last

By Julia DeVito, digital campaigner Even Halley Bay, one of the coldest sites in the Antarctic, is feeling the effects of climate change, leaving emperor penguins with few options left. In 2016, the rising temperatures caused the ice in Halley Bay to break for the first time, leaving thousands of emperor penguin chicks to drown. In the years since, Halley Bay has […]

The federal government may list giraffes as an endangered species

By Kirk Weinert, senior writer and advisor The population of African giraffes in the wild has plummeted from at least 150,000 in 1985 to fewer than 98,000 in 2015. To make matters worse, giraffe parts are being imported into the U.S. and sold—and it’s legal. What can we do about this in the U.S.? We can give these vulnerable creatures the proven […]

Wildlife corridors are for wildlife, not oil and gas

By Rich Hannigan, board member Wildlife corridors are for wildlife. The word “wildlife” is, after all, right there in the name. But that hasn’t stopped the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from leasing land in wildlife corridors to oil and gas companies, according to a report released in April. In fact, about one-quarter of all land leased by the BLM for fossil fuel […]

Mining is threatening our oldest national park. We plan to stop it.

By Pat Kelly-Fischer, senior digital campaigner Its geysers, forests and wildlife earned Yellowstone protection as America’s first national park nearly 150 years ago. Just beyond the park’s borders, on its northern edge, Crevice Mining Group is pushing to construct a gold mine. To operate the mine, thousands of trucks would need to rattle through theGreater Yellowstone ecosystem. But first, the company will […]

Flushing an ecosystem down the toilet? We’re working to save the boreal forest.

By Marcia Eldridge, board member Should we deplete the world’s largest intact forest ecosystem to make toilet paper? We don’t think so. Yet much of the tissue that we use once before flushing away is made from virgin wood pulp harvested from one of the planet’s most important forests: North America’s boreal forest, which stretches 1.5 billion acres from Alaska to Newfoundland. […]

Southern resident orcas have reached a dangerous 34-year low. Together, we’re working to save them.

By Jennifer Newman, content creator With their sleek black and white bodies, and graceful ocean acrobatics off the coast of Washington and Canada, southern resident orcas are amazing creatures. They’re also starving, dangerously close to the point of extinction. Together, we’re taking action to save them. Southern resident orcas are starving As of June, the southern resident orca population had reached a 34-year […]

October’s Thneed: Forests shouldn’t be wiped out to create tissue paper

Old-growth forests like this shouldn’t be wiped out to create tissue paper. The quality of toilet paper is, shall we say, a topic of sensitive and very personal debate.  One-ply, two-ply, three-ply. Soft, strong. Big rolls, small rolls. Scented, non-scented. Everyone has their own preferences. But I think we can all agree that something as ephemeral as toilet paper — the ultimate single-use […]

Captive red wolf (Photo: John Froschauer via Flickr, CC 2.0 Licence)

Wild red wolves could be going extinct right now

Last year, there were 35 wild red wolves left. Now, only 14 are known to survive. These magnificent animals are going extinct on our watch.       As few as 14 wild red wolves remain alive. Meanwhile, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is refusing to release any information about what, if anything, it’s doing to stop extinction from claiming these wolves for […]

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