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Andrew Wetzler
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Andrew Wetzler is a senior attorney and Director of the Endangered Species Project at the Natural Resources Defense Council. Andrew has worked extensively with NRDC's marine mammal protection project and the lands program, focusing on endangered species policy and wildlife conservation. Among other things, Andrew has worked to protect whales from naval sonar, California condors from lead poisoning and polar bears from global warming. Andrew is based in Chicago and is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law. He blogs on NRDC's Switchboard.

Entries by Andrew Wetzler

Climate Change Brings Destructive Pine Beetles North: New York and New Jersey Forests in the Cross-Hairs

(1) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 4:26 PM

Residents of the American West are no stranger to the mountain pine beetle -- a native insect that has been around for thousands of years but, thanks to climate change, has devastated many forests in the West in the past twenty years. Anybody who has driven through Colorado in the...

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

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2011 | 12:19 PM

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

(0) Comments | Posted July 26, 2011 | 11:13 AM

 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

(5) Comments | Posted May 3, 2011 | 7:49 PM

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

(4) Comments | Posted March 11, 2011 | 4:50 PM

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

(1) Comments | Posted February 17, 2011 | 6:26 PM

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

(4) Comments | Posted September 30, 2010 | 11:40 AM

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

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2010 | 3:00 PM

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

(3) Comments | Posted August 4, 2010 | 2:13 PM

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

(0) Comments | Posted August 2, 2010 | 7:03 PM

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

(1) Comments | Posted June 24, 2010 | 4:05 PM

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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

(2) Comments | Posted December 4, 2009 | 1:03 PM

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)

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2009 | 5:20 PM

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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

(2) Comments | Posted October 22, 2009 | 4:12 PM

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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

(2) Comments | Posted October 16, 2009 | 6:15 PM

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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

(2) Comments | Posted October 8, 2009 | 1:58 PM

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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

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2009 | 8:15 PM

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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

(7) Comments | Posted May 8, 2009 | 6:19 PM

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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

(2) Comments | Posted February 24, 2009 | 5:25 PM

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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

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2009 | 11:37 AM

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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