Environmental Groups Seek To Block Seismic Testing in the Atlantic

Environmental Groups Seek To Block Seismic Testing in the Atlantic

As part of their challenge to bar the government from drilling for oil and gas off the southeastern coast, a coalition of environmental groups asked a federal judge in South Carolina to force the government to suspend seismic airgun blast testing, which are used to deposits of oil and gas under the sea floor, until the case can be fully heard in court.  They are challenging the government’s permits, which would allow for the drilling to harm and even possibly kill of a number of marine mammals, including the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale, which is on the verge of extinction. 

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Found!  Fernandina Tortoise Is Not Extinct After All

Found! Fernandina Tortoise Is Not Extinct After All

A team of explorers on the Galápagos Island of Fernandina last week discovered a female giant tortoise from a species thought to have gone extinct in 1906.  The expedition was led by biologist Forrest Galante for Animal Planet’s series “Extinct or Alive” which seeks to find “extinct” animals by searching for them in locations where a given species could have found refuge to remain alive. 

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Hero of the week: Dr. Wallace Broecker (1931-2019)

Hero of the week: Dr. Wallace Broecker (1931-2019)

Wallace Broecker, a climate scientist at Columbia University who brought the term “global warming” into the public and scientific lexicon, died on Monday at the age of 87. NPR reported that as a professor in the department of earth and environmental science at Columbia, Broecker was among the early scientists who raised alarms about the drastic […]

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One cool thing: 9 pioneering African American outdoorspeople

One cool thing: 9 pioneering African American outdoorspeople

Check out Sierra Club’s recent profile of 9 pioneering African American outdoorspeople. We highly recommend that you read the entire profile of the following trailblazers and explorers

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Interview of the week: Kendra Pierre-Louis, climate reporter for the New York Times

Interview of the week: Kendra Pierre-Louis, climate reporter for the New York Times

Exclusive interview with the New York Times’ Kendra Pierre-Louis

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First climate-related extinction confirmed

First climate-related extinction confirmed

On Monday the Australian government has recognized the first known demise of a mammal because of human-induced climate change.

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