Friday, September 30, 2016 | By The Wilderness Society | Comments Off on Playing the “long game” means protecting the Arctic Ocean from oil spills, reducing climate change
Gov. Bill Walker, Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott and Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Andy Mack met this week with senior members of the Obama administration, urging them to keep the Arctic Ocean in the upcoming final version of the 2017-2022 federal offshore leasing program.
Friday, September 30, 2016 | By The Wilderness Society | Comments Off on Legal arguments for state takeover of public lands are losers in the courts, says report from Western Attorneys General
As reported in an AP story today, a report recently adopted by the Public Lands Subcommittee of the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) shows there is little legal b
Friday, September 30, 2016 | By The Wilderness Society | Comments Off on Westerners overwhelmingly support commonsense coal reform
Yesterday, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced that they had received hundreds of thousands of public comments from Westerners in support of federal coal leasing reform.
Friday, September 30, 2016 | By Richard Johnson | Comments Off on Honey Bees Need Your Help
Honey bees support billions of dollars in agriculture. But today, a major decline in honey bee health has put agriculture, healthy lifestyles, and worldwide food security at risk.Many of the nutritious fruits and vegetables we enjoy require honey bee pollination – approximately 1 in 3 bites of the food we eat! The Honey Bee Health Coalition brings together beekeepers, researchers, government agencies, agribusinesses, growers, conservation groups, manufacturers, consumer brands and other key partners with the goal of reversing recent declines in honey bee health and ensuring the long-term health of honey bees and other pollinators.
More information is available at http://honeybeehealthcoalition.org/how-you-can-help-bees/
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 | By EarthShare | Comments Off on 7 Tips to Fight Plastic Pollution
7 Tips to Fight Plastic Pollution
Enormous gyres made up of plastic “soup” have been found in all our oceans. The infamous North Pacific Gyre, also known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, covers an area twice the size of Texas! Meanwhile, plastic chemicals like BPA are endocrine disruptors and, when ingested over time, can cause cancer, birth defects, and behavior problems.
All this plastic is wreaking havoc on our health and environment. Here are some tips from EarthShare members on fighting back against plastic pollution:
Support Bag Fees and Bans. Policy is the most effective tool to fight plastic pollution. Tell your local, state, and federal politicians that you want to dis-incentivize wasteful plastic use. Check out the cities that have already done it.
Put pressure on manufacturers. If you believe a company could be smarter about its packaging, make your voice heard. Write a letter, send a tweet, or give your money to a more sustainable competitor (NRDC).
Volunteer to Cleanup a Waterway. Sign up to participate in one of Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanups or Surfrider Foundation’s Cleanups. It’s a fun (and eye-opening) way to care for your local environment.
Reduce *Before* Recycling. While it’s better than the landfill, recycling plastic isn’t a sustainable solution. Plastic degrades as it’s recycled and is sometimes exported to other countries. Reduce first, then reuse, then recycle (Save Our Shores).
Keep Plastic Out of the Kitchen. Avoid heating plastic containers and use kitchen dishes and implements made of glass, porcelain, wood, and stainless steel instead (CEHN).
BYO (Bring Your Own) Everything. From utensils and mugs to bags and diapers, we can kick the single-use habit by purchasing longer-lasting products meant to be reused (Surfrider Foundation/Earth Island Journal).
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 | By The Wilderness Society | Comments Off on BLM chooses smart planning in Tres Rios
On Monday, September 26, the Colorado Bureau of Land Management state office announced that it will be pursuing a master leasing plan in Southwest Colorado.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 | By Martha Roberts | Comments Off on Clean Power Plan’s day in court: 4 facts you didn’t know
Opponents have conceded the EPA has authority, and some other surprising elements about the case.
Monday, September 26, 2016 | By The Wilderness Society | Comments Off on New research and academics helping think through economic factors that will shape the future of coal on public lands
Monday, September 26, 2016
The workshop, organized by Columbia University, brought together industry analysts, bankers, traders, and credit raters—with a dose of government and academic experts.
Monday, September 26, 2016 | By The Wilderness Society | Comments Off on National forest trail maintenance legislation passes House
Today the House of Representatives approved H.R.
Monday, September 26, 2016 | By Sam Parry | Comments Off on The debate questions media can’t afford to ignore
Questions about climate and energy policies span all top voter issues, but are usually overlooked during presidential debates.