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Fossil Fuel-Funded Report Shows Industry Making Its Last Stand

NEW YORK, NY, May 3, 2017 – On Monday, the Independent Petroleum Association of America issued a new report arguing that fossil fuel divestment is costly for students, pensioners, and stakeholders. The report was released days after hundreds of thousands of people mobilized for the Peoples Climate March, and a week before thousands around the […]

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Report Shows Continued Widespread Water Contamination from Bee-Killing Neonic Pesticides

WASHINGTON, May 3, 2017—Center for Food Safety (CFS) today released Water Hazards 2.0: Continued Aquatic Contamination by Neonicotinoid Insecticides in the United States, an update to the 2015 report, “Water Hazard: Aquatic Contamination by Neonicotinoid Insecticides in the United States,” which shows continued widespread water contamination from neonicotinoid insecticides. Neonicotinoids are a class of insecticides […]

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Outdoor recreation economy generates $887 billion in consumer spending annually, supports 7.6 million American jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C.  Apr 25, 2017 – Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) today released The Outdoor Recreation Economy report, the largest and most comprehensive report of its kind that captures the power of a vast economic engine that creates billions in consumer spending and millions of good-paying American jobs. A sector woven deep into the fabric of […]

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Path to Safety: Man-made wildlife crossings cut animal-vehicle collisions nearly 80 percent

April 20, 2017 – Each year, thousands of animals are killed by motorists on interstate highways and roads that intersect critical wildlife habitats, greatly increasing the risk to human safety. Looking to address this issue, the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), with grant funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and in collaboration […]

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Dow Pressures Trump Administration to Abandon Work to Protect Endangered Species From Pesticides

WASHINGTON, April 20, 2017 – Buoyed by the Trump administration’s recent decision to scrap a ban on the brain-damaging pesticide chlorpyrifos, Dow Chemical is now pushing the Environmental Protection Agency to abandon legally mandated efforts to protect endangered species from this dangerous pesticide, as well as two other highly toxic insecticides. The new back-channel ploy […]

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Huge permafrost thaw can be limited by ambitious climate targets

April 10, 2017 – Global warming will thaw about 20% more permafrost than previously thought, scientists have warned — potentially releasing significant amounts of greenhouse gases into the Earth’s atmosphere. A new international research study, including climate change experts from the University of Leeds, University of Exeter and the Met Office, reveals that permafrost is […]

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Groups Appeal EPA’s Refusal to Ban Major Pesticide Linked to Brain Damage in Children

San Francisco, Calif. April 5, 2017 – Today, Earthjustice representing Pesticide Action Network and the Natural Resources Defense Council asked a panel of three federal appeals court judges to order the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to act based on its own scientific conclusions and permanently ban chlorpyrifos, a highly dangerous pesticide linked to many health hazards, […]

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Forest Service Scalped on Tongass Timber Sales

WASHINGTON, DC, April 3, 2017 – Recent timber sales from Alaska’s vast Tongass National Forest have been financial as well as ecological debacles, according to internal reports released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).  In violation of its own policies, the U.S. Forest Service let timber operators benefit by cherry-picking more valuable trees […]

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‘Weather whiplash’ triggered by changing climate will degrade Midwest’s drinking water

LAWRENCE, KS, March 29, 2017 – One consequence of global climate change is the likelihood of more extreme seesawing between drought and flood, a phenomenon dubbed “weather whiplash.” Now, researchers at the University of Kansas have published findings in the journal Biogeochemistry showing weather whiplash in the American Midwest’s agricultural regions will drive the deterioration […]

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Wolf sighted in Northwestern Nevada

March 24, 2017 – A wolf from the Shasta Pack in Northern California was spotted near Fox Mountain in northwestern Nevada in early November, 2016. Nevada Department of Wildlife personnel investigated the sighting after being alerted to a video recording of the apparent wolf. During its investigation, scat from the animal was found and sent […]

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Monitoring programs massively underestimate human impact on biodiversity

March 20, 2017 – Some of them count the birds at a winter feeder, others walk along a stipulated route, summer after summer, to identify the butterflies they discover along the way. For a long time now, numerous nature enthusiasts have been contributing to the inventory count of biological diversity. Similarly, universities, research institutes and […]

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Scientific Panel Criticizes EPA Assessment of Glyphosate, active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup

PORTLAND, Ore. March 17, 2017— In a sharp rebuke, a new report by a key scientific advisory panel concluded that the pesticides office at the Environmental Protection Agency failed to follow its own guidelines when it found last year that glyphosate — the active ingredient in Monsanto’s flagship pesticide Roundup — is not likely to […]

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Defenders: Boycott Mexican Shrimp to Save the Vaquita

WASHINGTON, March 16, 2017 – Defenders of Wildlife has joined a new campaign to boycott Mexican shrimp until the Mexican government enforces fishing regulations to protect the vaquita, the world’s smallest and most endangered cetacean. It is estimated that only about 30 vaquitas survive in their native habitat in the Upper Gulf of California, and […]

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BPA-free? Substitutions mimic hormones in breast cancer cells

March 16, 2017 – Three chemicals used as BPA alternatives mimic estrogen and promote breast cancer cell growth more than the controversial compound they’re designed to replace, according to new research. The study, preprinted online before it goes through the peer-review process, is the first study to test these six bisphenol-A (BPA) alternatives in various […]