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Sunset in the Arctic

When Secretary of State John Kerry took the Arctic Council chair on Thursday from Canada, the United States began an exciting opportunity to lead the world in advancing environmental safeguards across the Arctic, while slowing warming and ice melt that threaten the region and our planet.

The Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum of Arctic governments and indigenous people, has been critical in promoting cooperation in the region. But the council needs to be faster and bolder to meet the growing threats to the region, especially in addressing climate change.

Long Beach Port

On Thursday, the California Air Resources Board—the state agency charged with bringing clean air to Californians—heard a proposed plan from its staff on how to tackle the pernicious problem of freight pollution in California. The ships, trucks, trains and aircraft that move freight throughout California and into the rest of the country undoubtedly provide economic benefits to Californians.

melting glacier

When the United States assumes the chair of the Arctic Council this Friday, April 24th, it will have an extraordinary opportunity to lead on an issue that is high on President Obama’s climate agenda—reducing emissions of the climate pollutants black carbon and methane to slow the rapid warming and ice melt in the Arctic.  When foreign ministers of the council gather in Iqaluit this week, they will for the first time collectively tackle climate change in the region by adopting the landmark Framework for Action on Enhanced Black Carbon and Methane Emissions Reductions.

97% of U.S. residents are at risk from toxic organohalogen flame retardants in their bodies

Is there anything more primal than the fear of fire?

The chemical industry has exploited that fear for decades to boost sales of toxic flame retardants by convincing manufacturers that we need to protect ourselves by putting these chemicals in a wide array of household products from chairs to nursing pillows to the plastic casing around electronic products (like televisions and laptops that are doused in flame retardants before they're sold to the public).

A storm rolls over a Texas wind farm.

After 100 days of a Senate led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), it is hard to ignore the evidence that corporate interests are trumping public health and welfare when it comes to addressing climate change.  Chances are you didn’t vote for this corporate takeover, but that’s exactly what you’re getting.

honeybee

Earthjustice is representing the beekeeping industry writ large in the first case challenging the EPA’s approval of a known bee-killing pesticide, sulfoxaflor. We are arguing this case as the beekeeping industry across the country struggles for survival and faces the costly effects of pesticides on their businesses. Here are 11 reasons we are fighting for the bees.

A grizzly bear walks alone through a field in Grand Teton National Park.

Rising up from the Snake River Valley, the craggy peaks of the towering Teton Range command your attention.  Imagine yourself standing in the shadow of these giants, within the boundaries of western Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park.  Awestruck, you look out over some our nation’s most treasured and wild country.  Suddenly, a gunshot breaks the silence, and a grizzly bear—one of the world’s most noble, revered, and magnificent animals—falls dead to the ground.

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