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Polar Pioneer in the Port of Seattle

As Shell’s 300-foot tall Arctic drilling rig motors north this month, it’s leaving behind a sheen of broken laws and eroded public trust. Yet the Polar Pioneer is not leaving Seattle because the city found that mooring the rig broke the law. It isn’t leaving because of the groundswell of public opposition.  It isn’t leaving because of the harms already caused to public navigation in Seattle. It’s leaving to pursue Shell’s Arctic drilling at any cost.

San Juan Generating Station and San Juan Mine in New Mexico

In a setback for environmentalists, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the EPA should have considered how much it would cost industry to follow the agency’s new Mercury and Air Toxic Standards limiting pollution from power plants. The standards are still in place, but the D.C. Circuit court now has a chance to repeal them.

An experimental photo of the Statue of Liberty with higher seas.

Sea level rise could do a staggering $40 billion in damage to national parks and other cultural sites, according to a report released Tuesday by the Department of the Interior. Coastal parks and monuments like the Statue of Liberty are especially at risk. Watch out, Lady Liberty—we’re likely to see nearly three and a half feet of sea level rise in the next 100 to 150 years.

A ringed seal is on the lookout for polar bears as it surfaces.

Every month a new issue arrived. I opened the cover and sat, transfixed, until I closed the last page and added the yellow-spined magazine to my family’s collection. There were words, but really it was the photos that drove the fascination. Every new picture asked me to think about the world and dream about my place in it.

I grew older and became a photojournalist. I developed my own collection. I learned the photographers’ names.  As my collection grew from the magazine to books the photographers created, the wonder created by the photos only became stronger.

A crowd waves to Pope Francis.

Last week, Pope Francis made history with the release of his papal encyclical on the environment, courageously stating that he “would like to enter into dialogue with all people about our common home.” An encyclical is a rare teaching from the pope, an in-depth piece meant to counsel and guide the direction of the whole church, 1.2 billion members strong.

The Florida Forever conservation land-buying program was created to set aside funds for conservation to protect coastal areas like this one.

Update, June 25, 2015: Earthjustice filed a lawsuit on behalf of three Florida citizen’s groups asking ask the court to compel the Florida Legislature to comply with the Water and Land Conservation Amendment in the state Constitution. The suit was filed in the Leon County Circuit Court on behalf of the Florida Wildlife Federation, the St.

The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is one of the most iconic and revered natural wonders in the United States, if not in the world. Every year five million people from around the globe visit the park and experience the canyon’s staggering views, rugged trails and incredible wildlife. Last month we posted a blog about a sprawling resort complex that developers have proposed about a mile away from the canyon’s southern rim in the quiet Tusayan, Arizona.

Drought resistant dryscaping

Hundreds of hardy succulents morph into Seuss-ian shapes like the leggy “Irish rose,” the appetizing “blue curls” and the bulbous “living rock.” Mark Anthony Ramirez’s yard is arguably the best looking in his Oakland, California neighborhood, and he’s not growing a single blade of grass.

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