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"Happily Ever After" is one of the illustrations born out of Earthjustice's collaboration with Creative Action Network in this campaign.

For over a decade now, many American films and prestige television dramas have been dedicated to exploring the lives of society’s bad guys. From mobsters to meth cooks, these shows and films examine the lives of the traditional villains, revealing complex motivations and moments of empathy that destroy archetypes and show these characters to be flawed, yes, but much more human than we’d ever imagined.

Oregon's Wimar Dam during the deconstruction.

Editor’s Note: Since the publication of this story, both the Wimar and Fielder dams have been completely removed from Evans Creek.

It’s like watching a ballet—two big earth-moving machines perform a slow dance on the banks of Evans Creek and on the crest of an obsolete dam in southern Oregon. That dam, along with its twin just a few miles downstream, is coming out, reviving the creek and opening up over 70 miles of prime salmon and steelhead habitat that have been blocked for more than three-quarters of a century. 

Pedro Olviares

Watch dogging the pesticide industry is laborious, important work.  Patti Goldman, managing attorney of Earthjustice’s Northwest office has been at it for nearly three decades.  In a recent radio show appearance (below), she deftly explains the challenges of dealing with a complicated regulatory system, the years of dedicated legal and advocacy work by Earthjustice and others to strengthen these regulations, and the reasons why harmful pesticides are still widely used in agriculture today.

Shasta Dam, above, has lost at least a third of its generating capacity due to California's drought.

Brown is the new green in California as the state’s historic drought forces residents and policymakers to reevaluate their relationships with water. Dryscaping and succulents are now trendy, I buy almonds with more shame than gossip magazines, and my coworker has a shower timer named “Jerry Brown” in honor of the governor’s water-saving ways.

Cecil the lion at photographed at Hwange National Park.

A hunter shoots down a rare, protected apex predator sporting a radio collar for study. Claiming his actions are legal, the hunter sparks a firestorm of criticism and renewed debate about protections for imperiled species. The animal I’m talking about is Cecil the lion, lured out of the protected habitat of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe where he was killed by Minnesota dentist Walter J. Palmer for sport.

Distortions and misinformation are key tactics in polluters' efforts to avoid cleaning up their pollution.

Just days ago, the National Association of Manufacturers, an organization representing factories and other major polluters, launched a multimillion dollar TV ad campaign aimed at keeping the EPA from strengthening federal health protections from ozone pollution. Distortions and misinformation is a key tactic in their effort to avoid cleaning up their pollution. Here's a look at three of those distortions:

66 percent of Latinos live in areas where the air is not up to the federal government’s safe air quality standards.

This is a guest blog by Irene Vilar. She is the founder of The Americas for Conservation and the Arts, the mother organization of The Americas Latino Festival and the first nonprofit literary agency in the U.S., Vilar Creative Agency, dedicated to the dissemination of minority literature of the Americas.

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