Endangered right whale newborns reach lucky number 7

By Marcia Eldridge, board memberSeven North Atlantic right whale calves were born this calving season, bringing new hope for the future of this endangered whale species.After no calves were born last season, seven newborns is an important milestone. But experts warn that they need to deliver 16 to 18 calves per year in order to sustain the species and avoid […]

Time to ban mining near the Grand Canyon

By John Rumpler, board presidentPresident Theodore Roosevelt said it best: “Let this great wonder of nature remain as it now is. Do nothing to mar its grandeur, sublimity, and loveliness. You cannot improve on it. But what you can do it to keep it for your children, your children’s children, and all who come after you, as the one great […]

Turtles are all eating plastic

By Pat Kelly-FischerScientists found plastic in the gut of every single sea turtle they examined, according to a new study.It’s especially alarming given that just a few pieces of plastic can be lethal for sea turtles.Despite the risks, 18 billion pounds of plastic waste ends up in our oceans every year. Polystyrene foam—what most of us call Styrofoam—is one of […]

The last migration of the monarch butterflies?

By Jennifer Newman, content creatorIn the 1980s, about 4.5 million monarch butterflies wintered in California. This year? There were only about 30,000.I grew up in the Bay Area in the 1990s—monarchs were an important part of my childhood. I want them to be a part of my children’s memories, too.Seeing a monarch butterfly takes me right back to being a […]

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Gray wolves may lose their endangered species status

 By Julia DeVito, digital campaignerOnly 5,500 wolves roam the lower 48 states. Their survival is now far from certain. On March 6, the Department of the Interior announced plans to take America’s gray wolves off the federal endangered species list. Along with their spot on the list, the wolves would also lose protections afforded by the Endangered Species Act (ESA).We […]

Even in the depths of the sea, starfish can’t escape plastic

By Kirk Weinert, senior writer and advisorAnother ocean creature has been found eating a steady diet of plastic: starfish.In October 2018, researchers discovered microscopic traces of eight different plastics in the stomachs of starfish, sea stars and brittle stars collected between 1976 and 2015 near Scotland. This means these creatures have been ingesting plastics for at least 40 years.“This data […]

To save elephants, we’re sending legislators thousands of origami ones

By Jennifer Newman, content creatorSometimes, cutting through the political noise to make our voices heard for the planet means thinking outside the box. Elephants need protection In March, the Trump administration reversed the ban on elephant hunt “trophies.” Now, we’re working to convince Congress to pass the ProTECT act. This bill would ban the taking for trophy and importation of African elephants, […]

Giraffe body parts are being sold in the U.S. And it’s legal.

By Chris Burley, program consultantThe tallest animal on the planet is in peril.Not only has the wild giraffe population declined 35 percent in the last three decades, but their hooves, horns, skin and other parts are being imported into the U.S. and sold. And it’s legal.According to a new study by the Humane Society and its international affiliate, nearly 40,000 […]

Ban on new uranium mining near the Grand Canyon upheld

By Marcia Eldridge, board memberNew uranium mining projects won’t encroach on the Grand Canyon’s doorstep any time soon.On Oct. 1, 2018, the Supreme Court declined to hear a case challenging the Obama-era ban on new uranium mining projects near the Grand Canyon.Environmental Action and our partner, Environment America, built support for the 20-year moratorium, which was enacted in 2012, on […]

The last wild red wolves are safe—for now

By Julia DeVito, digital campaigner The last 35 red wolves on the planet are safe from extinction—for now.On Nov. 5, 2018, a federal judge decided to protect these wolves with a ruling that the temporary injunction issued by the Obama administration in 2016 that stopped a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)’s “shoot-to-kill” authorization will not be permanent. That means that the […]