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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.

Seen on the side of the road near Murdo,South Dakota.

Imagine the premise of the new movie “Jurassic World,” but with a little twist. Instead of dinosaurs that have been genetically engineered and recreated for the world to see, it’s butterflies, frogs, sea lions, polar bears and…humans? That’s right; scientists believe humans are having a huge impact on what is now being called the Sixth Extinction, and to our own detriment.

Sunset on the Apalachicola River in Florida

And now for something completely different: I bring you some actual, positive news from Florida!

For the past year, we've been in a legal battle to protect the Apalachicola River, a magnificent waterway in the state's northern reaches that the U.S. Interior Department called "one of the nation's richest hotspots of biodiversity."

Kumik is a high altitude village located in India's northern Ladakh region. High above the village this melting glacier provides the people who live here with their only water source.

In Fire & Ice: Soot, Solidarity and Survival on the Roof of the World, author Jonathan Mingle tells a powerful story about the village of Kumik in northern India, whose inhabitants are forced to relocate and rebuild their homes and lives as their only water sourcea stream fed by disappearing glacier and snowfieldsdries up.

Morning fog lingering on a Puget Sound beach.

Puget Sound is one of the nation’s crown jewel waters. It is home to millions of people who live, work and play in and along it, as well as countless species from orcas to octopi. But its ecological health has been steadily declining for decades due to pollution and habitat destruction. Together with its conservation and tribal partners, Earthjustice has made the protection and recovery of Puget Sound one of its signature programs. 

Meredith Taylor talks about her experience seeing wolves return to Yellowstone.

Meredith Taylor was growing weary of forcing mice to smoke. The biologist’s pulmonary research was important—it would eventually help lead to the surgeon general issuing health warnings on cigarette packs—but she felt the experimentation on little rodents was messing with her karma. Like her subjects, she was feeling caged in, working long days in the Boston laboratory. So, one day she left, to embark on a solo jaunt along the Pacific Crest Trail. She never looked back.

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