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Arctic drilling acreage reveals the oil sector overreach

Tim Woody

Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s bill to authorize oil drilling in the Arctic Refuge has advanced out of committee and is poised to be attached to the Republican tax package. It will then go before the full Senate for a filibuster-proof vote requiring only a simple 51-vote majority to pass.

Why Honeycutt is such an alarming choice for EPA’s science advisory panel

Beyond his inexperience, Honeycutt's faulty logic could have a direct effect on science at the EPA.

     

Outdoor companies and non-profits petition feds to ban public land sell-offs

A range of companies and organizations including The Wilderness Society, American Alpine Club and First Lite Clothing have submitted a legal petition via the Administrative Procedures Act that would direct Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to develop rules prohibiting the sale or transfer of public lands.

Outdoor Interests Ask Secretary Zinke to ‘Walk the Talk’ on Public Lands

Kate Mackay

Today a national coalition of sportsmen, recreation, business and conservation groups calls on the Department of the Interior and Secretary Ryan Zinke to make good on its promise to the American public that it is against the widespread sale or transfer of 445 million acres of public lands under

4 smart investments helped these communities weather extreme storms

Some of these concrete and often-easy projects pay for themselves in just a few years.

     

Senators vote for Arctic Refuge drilling based on inflated numbers

Tim Woody

The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today approved a bill that would allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Media advisory for Nov 16: Diverse outdoor groups ask Secretary Zinke to “walk the talk” on public lands

Michael Reinemer

Telephone Press Conference Thursday, November 16, 2017 – 1 pm ET, 11 am MT, 10 am PT

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Your City Can Go Straw-Free Like Seattle

Your City Can Go Straw-Free Like Seattle

Straws

Max Pixel


Straws are one of the most common items found during beach cleanups. It’s not hard to understand why: Americans use over 500 million straws every day. And a large portion of those straws end up floating in the ocean’s giant garbage patches, or eaten by animals. An estimated 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs.

When it comes to plastic pollution, straws are low-hanging fruit: they’re usually offered by restaurants out of habit more than need. All we need is a cultural shift to reduce straw use and luckily, we’re already making progress.

In September, Seattle became the first major city to ban plastic straws. By next summer, the city won’t allow restaurants and other businesses to offer plastic straws to patrons. Many are already making the switch. The move in Seattle alone is expected to save as many as one million straws per month.

Banning plastic straws is a great idea for cities that have already seen much success banning and taxing plastic bags.

Seattle was supported in its new law by the environmental group Lonely Whale Foundation. Building on Seattle's example, Lonely Whale now wants to ban straws in other cities through its #StopSucking campaign.

Do you want to bring #StopSucking to your city? There are several ways to get involved.

First, place your vote for the next cities you want to see ban plastic straws.

Second, accept and challenge someone else to #stopsucking through social media. Visit Lonely Whale to learn how.

Third, get your favorite bar, restaurant, or coffee shop to #stopsucking by sending them this toolkit for managers.

At the very least, get in the habit of telling your server “No plastic straw, please!” before you order a beverage, And be ready to tell them why.

 

Learn more:

Rise Above Plastics, Surfrider Foundation
Seattle Stopped Sucking—So Can You, Sierra Club 
Cities Winning Against Plastic Bag Pollution, EarthShare

5 reasons Election Day 2017 was a win for climate action

A year after Donald Trump won the presidency, the electoral backlash has arrived – and it’s good news for the environment.

     

Murkowski bill to drill the Arctic Refuge released

Tony Iallonardo

In response to today’s release of a bill making the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain available for leasing, The Wilderness Society issued the following statement from Alaska Regional Director, Nicole Whittington-Evans:

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