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Why We're Better for Beavers (and Why Does the Federal Government Kill 27,000 a Year?)

Posted September 2, 2011 | 12:19:48 (EST)

Leon M. Lederman Science Education Center, Fermilab Flora and Fauna Virtual Exhibit

Visit NRDCs Switchboard BlogToday’s Wall Street Journal has a fascinating story about beavers and the realization by some ranchers that they provide many economic,...

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Atrazine Use Rises While EPA Twiddles Its Thumbs

Posted July 26, 2011 | 11:13:18 (EST)

 Row crop (corn) near a well that was sampled for the reconnaissance of herbicide concentrations in Midwest ground water (USGS)

It’s been a

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Follow the Evidence and Save the Frogs

Posted May 3, 2011 | 19:49:04 (EST)

Visit NRDCs Switchboard BlogLast week Jon Entine, a visiting fellow with the conservative American Enterprise Institute, attacked the link between the decline of frogs globally and pesticide use.  As Jon rightly notes, worldwide the biggest problem facing frogs today is the spread...

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Saving Money by Saving Wildlife

Posted March 11, 2011 | 16:50:09 (EST)

Coyote (National Park Service, John Good, 1966)

Visit NRDCs Switchboard BlogAs you might know, things are tight in Washington, DC right now....

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Republican Budget to Wolves: Drop Dead

Posted February 17, 2011 | 18:26:49 (EST)

Member of the Rose Creek Pack (Barry O'Neil, NPS 1995)Visit NRDCs Switchboard BlogLast week the Republican controlled House Rules...

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New wolf bills: bad science, bad policy, and bad legislation

Posted September 30, 2010 | 11:40:08 (EST)

Aerial of the Crystal Creek wolf pack; Photographer unknown; 1999 (National Park Service)

The Endangered Species Act is one of the most powerful -- and most successful -- environmental laws ever enacted. And one of the center-pieces of that success is the gray wolf,...

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The Shark Ate My Homework: NRDC Submarine Attacked by Shark

Posted August 25, 2010 | 15:00:22 (EST)

Caribbean reef shark (photo by Albert Kok)

I couldn’t help but chuckle a bit when I read Ali’s recent post about “Waldo,” the autonomous submarine launched by NRDC, Oceana, and the Mote...

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Chemical Contamination in the Arctic: A Growing Threat to Polar Bears, Arctic Wildlife, and Possibly People

Posted August 4, 2010 | 14:13:29 (EST)

Polar bear with cub (Scott Schliebe/USFWS)

When it comes to the Arctic, a lot of attention gets directed towards climate change and oil and gas drilling.  And rightfully so.  Global warming poses an existential...

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Wildlife Roundup: The Good News

Posted August 2, 2010 | 19:03:05 (EST)

Visit NRDCs Switchboard BlogAhh, July.  Fireworks, corn on the cob, backyard cookouts—and some good news about wildlife conservation:

  • Oregon’s Imnaha wolf pack has produced a litter of four pups.  They are Oregon’s only reproducing pack.  A plan to shoot two members of...
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Atrazine spikes in Missouri prompt community warning

Posted June 24, 2010 | 16:05:42 (EST)

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It’s been a rainy spring here in the Midwest and that mean worries about flooded basements, streets, and towns.  Many of our streams and creeks are bloated by runoff from nearby fields. Unfortunately, a lot of those fields have been treated with...

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Wildlife Services: The Most Important Wildlife Agency You've Never Heard Of

Posted December 4, 2009 | 13:03:32 (EST)

Visit NRDCs Switchboard BlogMost people don't know that the U.S. Government is in the business (and I mean that literally, in some cases) of killing wildlife.  In 2008, the U.S. government killed more than 124,000 predators such as coyotes, mountain lions, bobcats, foxes...

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Giving Credit Where It's Due (And Pointing Out When It's Not)

Posted October 29, 2009 | 17:20:03 (EST)

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The last couple of weeks have been good ones for the polar bear, with the Obama Administration proposing both the designation of over 200,000 square miles of critical habitat the bear and increased international restrictions on polar...

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In An Important Step, U.S. Designates Polar Bear Critical Habitat

Posted October 22, 2009 | 16:12:20 (EST)

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It’s been a good couple of weeks for polar bears.  First, the Department of the Interior announced that it would propose tighter international regulations of polar bear trophy hunting and trade under international law and, today, the Department of...

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The U.S. Takes the Lead in Restricting Polar Bear Hunting and International Trade

Posted October 16, 2009 | 18:15:29 (EST)

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Big, big news out of Washington, D.C. today on the topic of polar bear conservation.  The United States, responding to NRDC, our allies, and more than 50,000 NRDC members, announced that it would propose placing the polar bear...

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EPA Decides to Take a New Look at Atrazine

Posted October 8, 2009 | 13:58:54 (EST)

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Good news: today the Environmental Protection Agency announced that it will initiate a review of the health and environmental effects of atrazine, one of the most widely used pesticides in the United States. 

The review will take about...

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That Glass is Pretty Full: Why Yesterday's Wolf Ruling is (Mostly) Good News

Posted September 10, 2009 | 20:15:12 (EST)

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Big news in the ongoing fight over wolves in the Northern Rockies -- as you may know, a coalition of groups is trying to stop the wolf hunts that were set in Idaho and Montana after the animals were...

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Problem for Polar Bears: A Disappointing Ruling from Department of Interior

Posted May 8, 2009 | 18:19:49 (EST)

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In another disappointing turn of events, today Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar effectively endorsed the Bush Administration's policy of excluding the effects of global warming pollution on polar bears from consideration under the Endangered Species Act.  The Secretary...

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I'm Not a Lawyer, but I Play One on TV

Posted February 24, 2009 | 17:25:15 (EST)

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Dr. Mathew Cronin had an opinion piece in yesterday's Seward Phoenix on the Endangered Species Act that's pretty thin gruel (hat tip: PLF on ESA).  Mostly, it amounts to a policy argument that the law...

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Wolves get a temporary reprieve

Posted January 21, 2009 | 11:37:55 (EST)

Yesterday, just after he became President, Barrack Obama ordered all federal agencies to withdraw any regulations proposed by the Bush Administration that had not yet been officially published or gone into effect. President Obama's order is similar to one issued by President Bush when he entered the White...

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Bush Administration to Strip Wolves of Federal Protection... Except for Wyoming

Posted January 14, 2009 | 16:52:16 (EST)

The Bush Administration has announced that it will remove protections under the Endangered Species Act from wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains. Today's decision comes just months after a previous attempt to delist the Northern Rocky Mountain population was struck down by a federal court. The Natural Resources...

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