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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 […]

American bison (Unsplash)

Wildlife corridors are for wildlife, not oil and gas

Wildlife corridors are for wildlife — it’s even in the name! They’re not for oil and gas extraction. But that hasn’t stopped the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from leasing these precious places to oil and gas companies.       Wildlife corridors are being opened to oil and gas drilling. In fact, about one-quarter of all land leased by the BLM for fossil fuel […]

May’s Thneed Winner: Nine condiment packets for one burger, corn dog, and fries?!?

During the past year, I’ve joined countless people around the world in telling drive-through cashiers to “skip the straw.” It’s one of many things — big and small — we can do to discourage the use and waste of single-use plastics. Cashiers’ reactions to my request have improved remarkably. They’ve gone from “say what?” to “um, OK,” and sometimes I even […]

Stop trading the Canadian boreal forest for toilet paper

The world’s largest intact forest ecosystem — the Canadian boreal forest — is being put at risk in part to make toilet paper.1       We shouldn’t flush away the boreal forest. Companies are making tissue products we use for just a few minutes from virgin wood pulp harvested in part from one of our planet’s most important forests. We cannot allow this to […]

African Lion (Photo by Bhargava Srivari on Unsplash)

Protect lions: Take action to pass the CECIL Act

Unless we reverse current trends, lions are in danger of extinction.       Now is our chance to protect lions. Who can forget Cecil the lion, who died a tragic death at the hands of a big-game hunter in 2015 and captured the world’s attention?1 Now, there’s a bill in the House of Representatives under his name, the Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of […]

bee on a white flower (photo: Pixabay user leswhalley, No rights reserved)

Will you do this to protect bees from colony collapse?

You can’t have spring without buzzing bees. Their hum is harmony for singing birds, sniffing dogs, chirping crickets or cicadas. All of these things make up the sounds of spring — but bee-killing pesticides might change our familiar spring sounds forever.       Bees are in trouble. Beekeepers are reporting that they’ve lost up to 90 percent of their hives, and more than half […]

Billboards in Space? The April Thneed Trophy Winner

Traditionally, Environmental Action’s Thneed Trophy is awarded to a product or service that, in the spirit of Dr. Seuss’ invention in The Lorax, is “something that everybody wants, but nobody needs” and that’s bad for the environment. But this month’s winner is something that very few people want, nobody needs, and would blight a part of the environment most people wouldn’t […]

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