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The Numbers Continue to Crunch the Pebble Mine

Joel Reynolds | Posted 12.03.2014 | Green
Joel Reynolds

Facts -- for example, numbers -- have never been a friend to the Pebble Mine. Last month added some new numbers to this list, and once again none of them was good news for the Pebble Limited Partnership (or its sole partner, Northern Dynasty Minerals).

VIDEO: Pebble Mine and the Death Star Mine at Mount Polley

Joel Reynolds | Posted 10.18.2014 | Green
Joel Reynolds

In the wake of the devastating Mt. Polley Mine disaster, and even as the latest tests confirmed elevated levels of toxic copper and lead in aquatic life, a predictable progression is already underway.

EPA Takes the Next Critical Step Toward Protecting Wild Salmon and Stopping the Massive Pebble Mine

Joel Reynolds | Posted 09.21.2014 | Green
Joel Reynolds

Last Friday, the U.S. EPA formally proposed limitations that would block the massive, ill-conceived Pebble Mine projectThis action by EPA is a critical step toward protecting Bristol Bay's salmon from the inevitable devastation that a large-scale mine would cause.

Submarines, Sonar, and the Death of Whales: NRDC Goes Back to Court Against Dangerous Navy Sonar

Joel Reynolds | Posted 03.29.2014 | Green
Joel Reynolds

There's an old adage that the environment is never saved -- just continually being saved. And the U.S. Navy's testing and training with high-intensity active sonar is a perfect example.

Pebble Mine's 2013 Year End Review: 'One Foot in the Grave?'

Joel Reynolds | Posted 03.08.2014 | Green
Joel Reynolds

Coming off a disappointing 2012, the Pebble Limited Partnership and its uniquely reckless project hit the rocks repeatedly in 2013.

Mark Twain and the Pebble Mine

Joel Reynolds | Posted 02.01.2014 | Green
Joel Reynolds

In the case of Pebble Mine, perhaps a more apt Mark Twain quote would have been his definition of a mine -- that is, "a hole in the ground owned by liars."

Bristol Bay: NRDC's Reynolds Discusses EPA's Watershed Assessment

Joel Reynolds | Posted 09.07.2013 | Green
Joel Reynolds

EPA just concluded a 60-day public comment period, and the vast majority of people asked EPA to protect Bristol Bay from Pebble Mine. NRDC members and activists alone sent over 267,000 petitions to the agency.

EPA Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment Generates Widespread Applause, Intensifies Opposition to Pebble Mine

Joel Reynolds | Posted 09.25.2012 | Green
Joel Reynolds

As EPA's scientific review found, the Pebble Mine would devastate the region -- its wild salmon fishery, its people, its communities, and its economy.

Pebble Mine: A Bad Investment

Joel Reynolds | Posted 07.29.2012 | Green
Joel Reynolds

The Pebble Mine makes no sense environmentally, economically, culturally, or legally, and it ought to be abandoned.

Surprise, Surprise: Pebble Mine Partnership Immediately Attacks EPA's Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment

Joel Reynolds | Posted 07.28.2012 | Green
Joel Reynolds

We shouldn't gamble what we can't afford to lose, and we can't afford to lose the Bristol Bay fishery. Period.

What's In the Name 'Environmentalist'?

Joel Reynolds | Posted 07.09.2012 | Green
Joel Reynolds

I care less about what people call themselves than which side they're on. In fact, I spend much of my time these days working with people in Alaska who don't consider themselves environmentalists -- and have no aspirations to be.

New Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Permit Rejected by Nebraska Residents

Rocky Kistner | Posted 07.04.2012 | Green
Rocky Kistner

The Keystone XL pipeline has become a red-hot lightning rod for politicians pushing Big Oil's misinformation campaign of hugely inflated jobs numbers and their specious arguments about national security. The truth is this is about oil industry profits and political gamesmanship, pure and simple.

Robert Glenn Ketchum, Our Generation's Ansel Adams

Joel Reynolds | Posted 10.03.2011 | Green
Joel Reynolds

While Robert Glenn Ketchum's name recognition can be debated, his impact on the world cannot. According to American Photo Magazine, he is "the most influential photographer you've never heard of."

The Heart of the Wolf Recovery Problem -- Science

Sylvia Fallon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sylvia Fallon

The discrepancy between the recovery goals and the current population of wolves is vast -- almost as vast as the opinions on either side of the debate around wolves in the Rocky Mountains.

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

Andrew Wetzler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andrew Wetzler

Global warming poses an existential threat to the Arctic ecosystem as we know it. But one issue that gets comparatively little attention is the growing toll of chemical contamination.

Wildlife Roundup: The Good News

Andrew Wetzler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andrew Wetzler

Ahh, July. Fireworks, corn on the cob, backyard cookouts--and some good news about wildlife conservation.

A Letter to ESPN (and Disney) About Wolves

Matt Skoglund | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Matt Skoglund

I'd like to know why ESPN would baselessly demonize the wolf, an iconic wildlife species revered by many across the country, on its website. Why are you trying to needlessly scare people?

Tell Your Senators to Save Our National Parks From Global Warming

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Glacier National Park could lose all its glaciers, Joshua Tree National Park all its Joshua trees and Saguaro National Park all its saguaros, according to a new report on climate change from NRDC.

Big Stakes at Pebble Mine: NRDC Launches Bristol Bay BioGem Campaign

Taryn Kiekow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Taryn Kiekow

Although the foreign mining partnership claims that it will "respect all of Alaska's natural resources," the stakes are too great to roll the dice.

Montana Can Do Better With Its First Wolf Hunt

Matt Skoglund | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Matt Skoglund

Too many wolves from Yellowstone National Park and the wilderness area immediately north of the Park have already been killed in Montana's first public wolf hunt in decades.

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

Andrew Wetzler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andrew Wetzler

If approved, the proposal would be the largest designation of critical habitat in the history of the Endangered Species Act.