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Interior Secretary Zinke’s neighbors call on him to save the Land and Water Conservation Fund

For the second year in a row, people who live near the U.S. Capitol are using a creative method to ask one of their neighbors, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, to better protect public lands. Nearly 150 Capitol Hill residents have put up lawn signs imploring Secretary Zinke to “Get With the Program” and save the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

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As World Series ends, Americans look to the Land and Water Conservation Fund for future fields of dreams

As part of a campaign to convince Congress to reauthorize and fund the expired Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), Environment America recently made two pitches on Capitol Hill  -- delivering a baseball cookie and a clock toy to each of the 541 offices (435 representatives, 6 delegates, and 100 Senators).

Why I won’t be a “Mad Scientist” this Halloween

By | Emily Fieberling
Fellow, Environment California

I’ve spent a lot of my life buried in a biology book, all the while developing a persistent itch that science and policy operate too far away from each other. This letter showed me that, in fact, the scientific community can use their voice and expertise to inform policies.

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Major opposition to forest service proposal to weaken conservation rule

Today, the U.S. Forest Service held the final public hearing on a proposal to exempt Alaska’s rustic Tongass National Forest from the 2001 Roadless Rule. A wide variety of environmental, taxpayer and other groups filled the hearing to urge the administration to withdraw its plan.

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California keeping plastic pollution out of the ocean

Today, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed two bills designed to reduce plastic pollution flowing into the Pacific Ocean. AB 1884 would create a “straws on request” policy for dine-in restaurants in California and SB 1335 requires state facilities to recycle food packaging.

A Monumental Birthday for the Northeast Canyons & Seamounts Marine National Monument

By | Kelsey Lamp
Protect Our Oceans, Associate

In the lifespan of the black coral, which can live for 500 years or more, two years is nothing. Yet, for the black coral that live 150 miles to the Southeast of Cape Cod, these last two years have been monumental--that is, they have marked the first years in which the black coral have enjoyed full protections from then-President Obama’s designation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument.

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Plastic pollution: One day, three solutions

One day, three decisions -- all of which may have far-reaching effects on plastic pollution in the United States.

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Environment America and U.S. PIRG Praise Kroger’s Plan To Phase Out Single-Use Plastic Bags by 2025

Today, Kroger Co. announced its plan to phase out single-use plastic bags and transition to reusable bags across its 15 brands of grocery stores by 2025, starting with Seattle-based QFC in 2019. Kroger is America’s largest grocery-only chain and the first major chain to make that type of pledge.

A Whale, the Prince, and Ditching Plastic Straws

By | Steve Blackledge
Senior Director, Conservation America Campaign

Starbucks announced in July that it would phase out plastic straws. And coast to coast, from several cities in Florida to several California cities and Seattle, local governments have done the same.