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Granite Lake, Cabinet Mountain Wilderness

Montana—where I’m fortunate to live and work—is often called “the last best place.” The moniker is a tribute to what makes our state unique: vast expanses of undeveloped land on a scale that can be found in few places in the lower 48. This unspoiled wildness makes Montana an incredible place to explore and an invaluable area for wildlife conservation.

An aqueduct carrying water from the northern California Bay Delta through the state's arid Central Valley.

Update, July 16, 2015: By a vote of 245-176, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation today that dramatically undermines key environmental protections for fish and wildlife in California and threatens thousands of West Coast fishing jobs that depend on the health of these species.

The sage grouse is among the species threatened by the Interior Appropriations Bills in Congress.

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) has overwhelming public support, despite being battered by repeated political attacks. According to a new national poll by Tulchin Research, 90 percent of American voters support the act—impressive results in an era of partisan strife when it’s hard to get Americans to agree on anything.

Lummi members hold a symbolic check burning protest to demonstrate that no amount of money can buy their support.

A new front has opened in the epic battle to block projects that threaten to turn the Pacific Northwest into a hub for fossil fuel exports. While citizens and regulators have been duking it out over environmental reviews and compliance with laws like the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act, the Lummi Indian Nation has invoked a very different source of law—a 160-year-old treaty—to block a massive coal port near Bellingham.  

Dry conditions in Athens, Greece, and a rapidly growing population have strained water resources.

Greece attracts media attention these days more for its economy than its environment. But walk into any bathroom in Greece and there’s a sign reminding you to conserve water. The tone of these notices ranges from playful to stern, but the message remains constant: water is precious, don’t waste it. Especially in Athens, where a rapidly growing population has strained water resources, this reminder is a crucial one, and one that Americans should heed.

Margo Pellegrino comes ashore in Wilderness State Park in Michigan to take a day off from her journey where she is greeted by family.

This interview has been edited and condensed.

Until she was 9 years old, Margo Pellegrino was afraid to sit in a canoe. Luckily for the rest of us, the activist overcame her fear by age 12 and today is in the midst of a paddle from the Big Apple to the Big Easy, raising awareness along the way about the sorry state of America’s waterways.

A spider has made this dry faucet home.

California’s record-breaking drought has created a new generation of greenwashed products that claim they can help ease the water crisis. Meanwhile, these products distract us from enacting real solutions to use water more efficiently and to sustainably manage this precious resource.

Here are my three favorite drought-washed products. Leave a comment below to tell us about products you’ve seen.


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