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[1THING] Blog: Archive for March, 2018

[ Bureau of Land Management strikes out in third attempt to manage off-road vehicles in California desert ]

Andrea Alday

Unfortunately, BLM’s latest draft closely mirrors prior attempts that a federal court found illegal. The draft plan once again inadequately protects areas with high conservation and cultural values and prioritizes off-road vehicles over other uses.


[ Outlook for energy and public lands forum, National Press Club March 20 ]

Michael Reinemer

The Wilderness Society will host a discussion for journalists working on energy, environment and climate issues on March 20 at the National Press Club. Panelists will focus on developments and trends from the last year and what that may portend for the year ahead.  


[ Aluminum ]

By Tori Carle, Waste Reduction Supervisor, City of Greensboro

As a country, we landfill enough aluminum each year to build a fleet of aircrafts. Much of this waste comes in the form of cans and dish containers. Here in the Triad, most aluminum found in the kitchen is recyclable – including aluminum foil and pie pans.

But, like with many good things, there is a catch. In order to recycle aluminum foil properly, it needs to be relatively clean (a quick rinse should do the trick, no need to spend minutes scrubbing the foil spotless), and loosely balled together to at least the size of a softball. It is important to ball up the foil so that it will be separated properly. Flat foil will act like paper in the machinery and end up in the paper piles.

If your aluminum foil isn’t ripped, reuse it! If you’re going through the effort to clean your aluminum foil or dish containers spotless, there is no reason to recycle them after one use. If you’re having trouble getting your foil or dish containers clean enough for reuse in the sink, aluminum is dishwasher safe on the top rack!

In addition to looking for ways to recycle more, consider creating less waste in the first place. There are reusable options such as beeswax paper or even plastic/glass reusable containers that can be used over and over again to keep food fresh.



[ 13 animals that depend on wildlife refuges to survive ]

When an animal is listed under the Endangered Species Act, scientists designate some stretches of land as “critical habitat,” meaning they can provide all the shelter, food and other essentials the species needs. Here is our gallery of a few at-risk species that rely on national wildlife refuges as part of that habitat.


[ Interior gives just 4 days in March for public meetings on Utah monuments ]

Kate Mackay

A near-midnight release on Friday from the Department of the Interior announced that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be holding just four public meetings to solicit public input on the ma


[ A global game changer for energy efficiency investments ]

A new underwriting and risk assessment standard could help scale up this $1 trillion global market.


[ Interior: Administration wants aggressive timeline for Arctic Refuge drilling ]

Tim Woody

During a trip to Alaska that included a visit to the North Slope, Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt and Assistant Secretary for Lands and Minerals Joe Balash spoke this morning at a breakfast meeting in Anchorage and expressed the Trump administration’s desire to pursue an a


[ These senior EPA officials can now moonlight for secret private-sector clients ]

New questions arise inside Pruitt’s EPA after officials obtain ethics waivers to solicit outside work.


[ A far better infrastructure plan ]

Michael Reinemer

The Wilderness Society issued the following statement about the plan.

Lydia Weiss, Director of Government Relations at The Wilderness Society, said:


[ Trump’s own budget office admits Obama-era regulations brought billions in benefits ]

Benefits topping $800 billion is nothing to scoff at, but the Trump White House is doing its best to bury this remarkable report.