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Feds force Shell to scale back plans, but Arctic Ocean risks remain
Tim Woody

In a move to protect marine mammals, the Obama administration today told Royal Dutch Shell that it would not be allowed to simultaneously drill two exploratory wells less than 15 miles apart in the Arctic Ocean. The announcement forces Shell to scale back its drilling plans for this summer.

Why Urban Parks Matter

Why Urban Parks Matter

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Guest post by Catherine Nagel, executive director of EarthShare member organization City Parks Alliance

Urban parks are dynamic institutions that play a vital role in the social, economic and physical well-being of America's cities and their residents. Since the mid-19th century, with the introduction of large-scale parks in cities across America including New York, Boston, Louisville, Chicago, Minneapolis, Washington, DC and San Francisco, America’s city parks have provided a respite from the stress of urban life for millions of people....

The Electric Utility Revolution

The Electric Utility Revolution

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In 1995, only 2% of the global population had a mobile phone. Today 96% do. In just 20 years, the telecommunications industry has completely changed because of new technology. Apoorv Ghargava, an analyst at Opower, says a similar shift is happening to electricity utility companies. And it’s good news for customers and renewable energy.

For over a century, big companies have controlled our power supply. They’ve built large coal, gas, and nuclear plants and charged customers a regulated rate to generate and deliver that electricity....

Rep. Grijalva Applauded for Reintroduction of Military-Conservation Bill for Sonoran Desert
Michael Reinemer

The Wilderness Society and the Arizona Wilderness Coalition commend Representative Raúl Grijalva (D-Dist.

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Congressional hearing should spur action to improve renewable energy permitting on public lands

While the subject of the hearing zeroed in on whether the Bureau of Land Management is doing enough to ensure bonds to pay for restoring project sites from renewable energy companies are up to date, it underscored the significant progress that has been made—and the key opportunities that r

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Report: Rising sea levels will do costly damage to national parks & other sites

The report, released by the Interior Department on June 23, assessed 40 national parks, monuments and other coastal sites and found that $40 billion in infrastructure and other resources was at risk due

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New research shows outdoor time boosts kids’ brainpower

Add yet another item to the long list of ways that nature helps kids: A new study of second, third and fourth graders in Spain found that more green space, especially around schools, is associated with imp

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Arctic Advocate Sarah James Honored for Outstanding Contribution to Protecting America’s Wild Places
Michael Reinemer

The award is the organization’s highest honor bestowed on one person each year who has never held public office but had a notable influence on conservation and the fostering of an American land ethic.

A brighter future: 3 ways to shift energy development on public lands

For centuries, energy development on public lands has put coal, oil and gas extraction at odds with stewardship of wildlife, wildlands and recreational opportunities.

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BLM seeks public comments as it considers the fate of Colorado’s recreation hotspots

Some of Colorado’s top spots for wilderness recreation are at stake as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) develops new management plans for the state’s public lands.

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