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When it comes to green slime, the Florida state legislature has missed a critical point.

The Army Corps of Engineers recently announced that it is slowing down the massive water releases from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee River.

For more than nine months, scientists have been taking samples at the river’s estuary and recording dead oysters, low salinities and the nasty algae that’s fueled by the sewage, manure and fertilizer runoff in the lake water. Seagrasses, which we know are the building blocks of the sport fishing and seafood industries, struggle to survive.

Central Park size comparison

The story of the World Logistics Center, a proposal to build what might be the largest warehouse in the world, has many twists and turns. Recently, another twist shocked those following this astoundingly massive freight project, led by a powerful developer seeking to skirt vital environmental regulations that protect the local community.

As Bangladeshis step up their efforts to stop a harmful coal-fired power plant, the government is clamping down on their human rights.

On November 26, while Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, more than 1,000 Bangladeshis are expected to participate in a “Long March” against coal. The protesters will walk more than 200 miles to the capital of Dhaka to demand that the governments of India and Bangladesh cancel the proposed Rampal coal-fired power plant—a massive project planned for the edge of the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest.

Autumn leaves

During this time of transition and change, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on all we’ve accomplished together in the past year. Earthjustice secured more than 50 victories safeguarding our national treasures, defending imperiled wildlife, advancing clean energy and fighting back against corporate polluters.

None of this would have been possible without our supporters. As we gear up for the big challenges that lie ahead, we want to thank our members for fighting alongside us and helping to win these landmark cases:

 

View of Mineral Mountain at the entrance to the historic community of Old Chico, a popular tourist destination for those looking for peace and quiet. This will be the access road for Lucky Minerals drilling rigs and heavy equipment.
Editor's note: U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell recently responded to calls from local community leaders, joined by environmental groups including Earthjustice, to protect more than 30,000 acres of public land near Yellowstone National Park from two gold mine proposals. The lands serve as some of the last refuges for our nation’s most iconic symbols of wildness—grizzly bears, lynx and wolverines. The new protections are the result of a mineral withdrawal proposal, which triggers a two-year moratorium on mining activity.
Container ship docked at the Port of Oakland

Ten years ago, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach adopted their first version of the Clean Air Action Plan. This plan marked the first time in history that large port authorities put forward a comprehensive plan to address the toxic diesel emissions that spew into fenceline neighborhoods. The plan was especially notable because these ports are big players in our nation’s freight system and can set major trends.

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