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February 17, 2017 Opinion
A section of existing border fence along the Mexican border. (Photo: Steve Hillebrand /USFWS)

Border Wall May Negatively Affect 111 Endangered Species

By: The Humane Society of the United States

No matter where you stand on the issue of the border wall between the United States and Mexico, we can all agree that the deleterious harms a border wall could...

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February 17, 2017 Opinion
A pod of Risso's dolphins. (Photo: Michele W. / Flickr)

Dolphin Families Fight For Their Lives in Taiji

By: Dana Hunnes

Taiji, Japan. From September until March, killers go out almost every day to hunt the ocean of its dolphin families, who endure either brutal and inhumane murder or brutal and...

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February 16, 2017 Opinion
An angler prepares to net a salmon in Grand Lake Stream, Maine. Although it was already late October and the season was set to close in a couple days, most salmon had yet to leave the lake for the stream because its waters were too warm. (Photo: Brian Klonoski / Planet Experts)

A Government Hostile to Anglers and Fisheries

By: Brian Klonoski

Let's toss the politics of the day into the dumpster fire where they belong and talk for a second as anglers. I'm a passionate fly fisherman who's worried about the health...

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February 9, 2017 Opinion
Don't worry -- there are remedies aplenty for those suffering from Trump Trauma. (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

10 Ways to Deal With Trump Trauma

By: Scott Rodwin

If you, like me, are experiencing daily emotional trauma over the state of politics and what Trump is doing to our country (aka Trump Trauma), here are 10 simple, practical...

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February 9, 2017 Opinion
There are more tigers in captivity in the U.S. -- 5,000 -- than the approximately 3,200 left in the wild. (Photo: Trevor Paterson / Unsplash)

The Dizzying Zoo Debacle

By: Adam Roberts

The past week has presented the world with three more examples of botched zoo management, which fit into the dizzying array of issues regarding wildlife captivity, zoo safety, and the...

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February 8, 2017 Opinion

Standing Up for Sharks: Continuing the Incredible Legacy of Shark Expert Rob Stewart

By: Michael Buckley

On February 3rd, 2017, Rob Stewart, among the world’s foremost experts on sharks, was found dead at a depth of 70 meters, after disappearing during a dive on a wreck...

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February 6, 2017 Opinion
In the Trump administration, science takes a back seat to religion and ideology. (Photo: Mars P. / Flickr)

Science Takes a Back Seat in Trump's White House

By: Peter Banner

With all that has been going on with the Trump administration, it is with great difficulty that I keep the focus of my writings related to the environment, e.g., energy,...

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February 6, 2017 Opinion
First light craws across the eastern face of Mount Whitney, the tallest peak in the Lower 48. Located in California, the mountain straddles two chunks of public land -- Sequoia National Park to the west and Inyo National Forest to the east. The boulders in the foreground are in yet another area of public land, the Alabama Hills Recreation Area, managed by the BLM. (Photo: Brian Klonoski)

Public Lands: Common Ground in a Divided America

By: Brian Klonoski

A Republican Congress joined at the hip to the fossil-fuel industry is trying to pull a fast one on Americans. It started with a subtle rule change authored by Utah...

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February 3, 2017 Opinion
The Capitol Building in Washington, DC, where a GOP Congress is slashing environmental regulations left and right. (Photo: K3nna / Flickr)

GOP Congress Wrong to Bench Environmental Protections

By: W. Douglas Smith

The Republican Congress is rapidly acting to remove environmental protections as well as banking and financial disclosure regulations. This poses a threat to water supplies and reverses economic stability protections put in...

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January 30, 2017 Opinion
Is torturing a coyote for her fur to line a jacket’s hood not willful? (Photo: mrpolyonymous / Flickr)

Confused About Cruelty: The Canada Goose Story

By: Adam Roberts

I’m so confused. Well, I’m often confused by animal cruelty, mistreatment, and assaults on endangered species. But, at the moment, I’m just confused — mystified, really — at certain concepts involved...

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January 30, 2017 Opinion
The time to resist the Trump Administration is now -- otherwise, it may be too late. (Illustration: DonkeyHotey / Flickr)

You Can’t Fool All the People All the Time

By: W. Douglas Smith

A demagogue, a press secretary and a counselor walked into the White House and said: “Ignore what Trump says and see what he actually does.” “Climate change is a hoax.”...

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January 25, 2017 Climate & Energy
The KAPITAN DRANITSYN moored in the Arctic Ocean ice, north of western Russia. (Photo: NOAA Climate Program Office / NABOS 2006 Expedition)

Arctic Oil and Environmental Legacy in the Crosshairs

By: Belinda Waymouth

President Barack Obama’s last days in the Oval Office included a flurry of new environmental protections. In his first days, the incoming president is busy trying to dismantle them. One...

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January 24, 2017 Opinion
The first week of President Trump's administration has not been a good one for the environment. (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

Ecocide as Official White House Policy

By: Brian Klonoski

Less than a week into his presidency, Donald Trump has declared war on the environment. The assault commenced minutes after he was sworn into office, when the official White House...

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January 22, 2017 Opinion
President Obama didn't focus on the environment early in his term, but he more than made up for it. (Photo: dcblog / Flickr)

Remembering Barack Obama's Pragmatic Environmentalism

By: Brian Klonoski

In the waning days of his presidency, Barack Obama did his finest Teddy Roosevelt imitation, taking steps to protect the environment by establishing national monuments, safeguarding vast swathes of sea...

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January 5, 2017 Opinion
An elephant tusk, or in China, white gold. (Photo: Steve Snodgrass / Flickr)

The End of the Ivory Trade?

By: Adam Roberts

Media have been buzzing over the New Year’s holiday break with news that China has declared publicly that it’s going out of the ivory business: Closing down carving factories and...

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December 29, 2016 Opinion

Science Casts Down the Gauntlet to Corrupt Government Officials

By: W. Douglas Smith

I am holding members of the U.S. government in contempt of science. Real climate scientists have been threatened by Big Oil shills and right wing talk media for decades. More...

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December 19, 2016 Opinion
Donald Trump speaking at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

I’m a Scientist Who Has Gotten Death Threats. I Fear What May Happen Under Trump.

By: Michael Mann

Michael E. Mann is a professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University. He co-authored, with Washington Post cartoonist Tom Toles, “The...

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December 9, 2016 Opinion
Donald Trump. (Illustration: DonkeyHotey / Flickr)

Don't Be Fooled by Trump's Jibber-Jabber

By: Brian Klonoski

Shortly after we, the United States of America, elected Donald Trump president, I opined that it meant war. It's about time for an update. Trump ran on a decidedly anti-environment...

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