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An octopus hides in the rocks in Welker Canyon.

On September 2, the New England Aquarium held an event to raise awareness about the unique beauty and scientific significance of two one-of-a-kind places off of New England’s coast: Cashes Ledge and New England’s “Grand Canyons” and seamounts. 

Melon headed whales like these on the west side of Hawai'i island will now be protected from dangerous mid-frequency sonar training and testing.

The blue whale is one of the largest animals ever known to have lived on Earth, but despite its heft, this magnificently oversized marine mammal can’t withstand the biological blows caused by Navy sonar training and testing.

Today, the blue whale got a break from these harmful sounds. For the first time ever, the U.S. Navy has agreed to put vast swaths of important habitat for numerous marine mammals off limits to dangerous mid-frequency sonar training and testing and the use of powerful explosives.

Zeke Grader, an environmental leader who served as executive director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Association for nearly 40 years, passed away on Labor Day.

The environmental movement; the wild salmon and the rivers, estuaries, and ocean that they depend upon for their survival; and independent fishing families all along the West Coast lost one of their staunchest champions on Labor Day. Zeke Grader, for nearly 40 years the executive director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA), died that day of pancreatic cancer, having fought his illness and continued working at the job he loved far longer than his doctors had predicted he could.

The fifth annual South by Southwest Eco conference will take place in Austin, Texas this October, and Earthjustice will be reporting live.

Maybe you’ve heard of South by Southwest (SXSW), Austin, Texas’ annual musical extravaganza that features over 2,000 performers and draws crowds by the tens of thousands. Or perhaps you’ve visited the SXSW Film festival, which draws even larger crowds every March. This year, SXSW Film screened 145 feature films, including the premier of Furious 7. But did you know that SXSW also hosts an annual environmental conference? 

Scientists have found that coal ash has up to 10 times more naturally occurring radioactive materials than the parent coal it comes from.

Burning coal for energy leaves behind toxic coal ash waste, and that waste may be even more harmful than researchers suspected. In a paper published today in Environmental Science and Technology, scientists and engineers from Duke University and the University of Kentucky found coal ash has up to 10 times more radioactive material than the parent coal it comes from because burning coal concentrates its natural radioactivity.

Wolf party attendees howl for the camera as they prepare their #JoinThePack video to honor wolves.

It began with a howl. Actually, to be more accurate, it began with a brainstorming session about how we wanted to spread the message about threats to wolves in a non-traditional fashion. And then the meeting ended with everyone in the room spontaneously howling. It wasn’t on the agenda, but it felt so good!

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