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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.

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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.

A deer in a meadow at Yosemite National Forest.

When I was younger, my family would take month-long vacations to the Midwest, up to Washington state and down to Mexico. My parents are salt of the earth types who never went to resorts or beaches to relax. Vacations were more like “strenuous holidays,” as John Burroughs would say. One vacation was a road trip from Los Angeles, California to Seattle, Washington with a stop at every major national park along the way.

Raid is a popular pesticide that is widely distributed throughout the U.S.

Whether it’s our favorite foods, body care products, clothing, cleaning supplies or even weed or pest control products, we all rely on product labels to give us the information we need to make the choices we want. But what happens when some of the most toxic products on the market have labels that lead us to believe they’re safer than they really are? And what happens when our choice as consumers is undermined because we don’t have the basic facts needed to make an informed decision about what we buy or how we use our products?

A wolf standing in a river next its prey in Yellowstone National Park.

Editor's Update, December 16, 2015: Wolves in Wyoming, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin will retain their federal protections after a contentious policy “rider” that would have stripped them of Endangered Species Act protections was excluded from the final omnibus government spending bill released on December 15, 2015.


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