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Corn cobs on a grocery store shelf, individually wrapped in plastic wrap.

July’s Thneed Winner: Plastic wrapping for corn cobs. Really?

When Mother Nature already provides a perfectly good container, say no to a plastic alternative One of my fondest summer childhood memories revolves around good old Zea mays L. — more commonly known as “sweet corn”. My aunt takes me to a roadside stand in rural Wapwallopen, Penn. to buy a bunch of just-picked ears of white corn. We return to my […]

Save the Boundary Waters from mining

It’s up to us to save the Boundary Waters. The Trump administration recently renewed two leases for devastating mining on the doorstep of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.1     It’s not too late to save the Boundary Waters. Mining could destroy the Boundary Waters as we know them. But even though the leases are approved, it’s not too late to stop the […]

Starving Southern Resident orcas need your help

With their sleek black and white bodies, and graceful ocean acrobatics off the coast of Washington and Canada, Southern Resident orcas are some of our planet’s most amazing creatures.       The Southern Resident orcas are starving. The Southern Resident orcas are starving to the point of extinction — there are just 76 left in the wild. Why? Because U.S. Army Corps of Engineers […]

Endangered right whale newborns reach lucky number 7

By Marcia Eldridge, board member Seven 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 president President 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-Fischer Scientists 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 creator In 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 […]

Wolf howling.

Gray wolves may lose their endangered species status

  By Julia DeVito, digital campaigner Only 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 […]

OR14, a female wolf in Oregon (Photo: Oregon Department of Fish and Game)

Stop deadly “cyanide bombs” and save wolves

Any animal that triggers a “cyanide bomb” can asphyxiate and die in just minutes.1,2       Cyanide bombs kill wolves and other wildlife. Imagine a wolf exploring, using its sensitive nose to search for clues about its environment. It might come across a small, unfamiliar object that smells just like food. Wolves are curious and intelligent, so it might bite or pull on the […]

Monarch butterfly (Photo: Pixabay)

Roundup is too risky. Let’s get it off the shelves.

The Trump administration recently moved to permit the continued sale of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup. The Environmental Protection Agency claims glyphosate isn’t a risk to public health.1       Roundup is too risky. we know glyphosate can be harmful to vital habitats and wildlife. Roundup annihilates milkweed, the plant monarch butterflies can’t live without.2 Killing these plants isn’t even a […]

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