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Groups: Gas must be included in Gulf disaster tally

The National Wildlife Federation has been a leader in pressing the federal government to hold BP and other parties fully accountable for the Gulf disaster. While attention has been focused on the oil spilled, NWF joined NRDC today in writing a letter [PDF] to Eric Holder, asking the U.S. attorney general to also consider the impact of the well's discharged gases as well as oil. Why are those gases, like methane, butane, and propane so important? When calculated in equivalent units of weight, the magnitude of discharged oil plus gas is equal to one and a half times the oil …

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2010's extreme heat: A window on our future

I moved to a new place in Falls Church, VA six weeks ago. People keep asking me if I've walked around the historic cemetery down the road or explored the shopping center across the street that serves as a cultural hub for Northern Virginia's Vietnamese-American community. No, I tell them, though it's not that I don't want to. It's just that there hasn't been a single tolerable summer evening to get to know my new neighborhood. Even overnight, the temperature hasn't dropped below 68 since Independence Day. But according to a new National Wildlife Federation report, the sweltering summer of …

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Making monkeys out of climate deniers

What can spider monkeys, peacocks, ostriches & sheep tell us about global warming & the climate debate on Capitol Hill? With the Senate dropping the ball on climate action & global temperatures continuing to soar, this week's climate news is pretty depressing. So Dirty the Global Warming Denier Sock Puppet & I decided to break out of our studios in National Wildlife Federation headquarters this week and head to the Reston Zoo. Watch this week's National Wildlife Federation Climate Capsule: Major thanks to all our guest stars at the Reston Zoo! And we'd be thankful to you if you'd subscribe …

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NWF scientist visits habitat hit hard by oil spill

Dr. Doug Inkley, certified wildlife biologist & senior scientist with the National Wildlife Federation, called me from Louisiana at 6:30am Central time. He was heading down to Venice Marina for another long day on the water viewing the effects of the BP oil disaster, but before motoring out beyond cell service, Doug wanted to tell me about his day on the water yesterday, touring Cat Island near Grand Isle. "How did it compare to what you expected to see?" I asked. "Honestly, I expected to see booms protecting critical island nesting habitats and people maintaining those booms," Doug told me. …

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BP still stonewalling EPA on dispersant chemicals

BP’s oil spill size cover-up started to unravel on Friday as BP finally admitted its figure of 5,000 barrels a day lowballed the true size of the spill. But another of BP’s cover-ups is still going strong. BP has already dumped over 700,000 gallons of chemical dispersant in the Gulf of Mexico – America’s public waters. But incredibly, BP is still refusing to reveal exactly what’s in that dispersant: BP is keeping secret some of the "alternative" chemical ingredients it is using in the oil spill dispersants it is pouring into the Gulf of Mexico, claiming it is "confidential business …

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BP cover-up begins to unravel

UPDATE: BP finally admits its 5,000 barrels per day estimate lowballs the spill. If BP America's president can't say for sure the BP oil spill isn't gushing 70,000 barrels per day, how can we trust BP's official estimate that it's actually spilling 5,000 barrels per day? After testifying before the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee on Wednesday, National Wildlife Federation President and CEO Larry Schweiger says he's more convinced than ever that the disaster is being compounded by a cover-up: It is now clear that BP had hoped to cover up the damage of their oil spill by withholding video …

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The Scene in Louisiana: Disaster Looming

I’m in Venice, LA today, near where the leading edge of the Gulf Coast oil spill has started to ooze ashore. Despite the sense of looming disaster you get from talking to people here, there are at least two groups seeing an uptick in business: The staff at the bar & restaurant at the Venice Marina, packed with reporters here to cover the spill. The pack of friendly dogs roaming the deck in search of scraps. But the dogs are much happier than the people – they don’t know the boom will be short-lived. While the oil remains just offshore …

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Fire ants, poison ivy, deer ticks: Global warming’s big winners

HEAR the buzz of dread! FEEL the rash of terror! SEE the creatures of despair! WATCH ... They Came From Climate Change! The National Wildlife Federation created the Climate Invaders report & accompanying video to bring attention to a very real problem -- global warming is giving a boost to some very unsavory critters, helping them settle into areas where once they were unable to survive. Some are creeping up from lower elevations & into warmer areas, while others are finding it easier to invade from foreign soil. As climate change causes winters to warm & seasons to shift, a …

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Murky future for Clean Water Act restoration

Now that health insurance reform has passed Congress, is it finally time to restore the health of America's waters? I know what you're thinking -- the Clean Water Act already protects the nation’s waters, right? That we learned our lesson and cleaned up our water act after the Cuyahoga River caught fire in 1969? Wrong. America's waters are vulnerable once again, thanks to Supreme Court decisions in 2001 & 2006. Those rulings muddied the waters and called into question long-standing Clean Water Act protections. We're already seeing the results as wetland losses mount -- over and above the 80,000 acres …

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Dow trying to have it both ways on climate?

Does Dow Chemical support climate action? Or think it would destroy America? Depends on which Dow Chemical you're listening to. Is it the Dow Chemical that's a member of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership? That Dow made a major investment in clean energy in Michigan last week. From MLive.com's The Mudpuppy: Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm says it was a great week for Michigan and the Dow Chemical Co., with Dow announcing three clean-energy projects in the state that will create up to 6,900 new jobs. "Dow announced a combined investment of almost $1.3 billion in three clean-energy projects that’ll create …