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Our Hero of the Week: Bernadette Demientieff, ED of the Gwich’in Steering Committee

Our Hero of the Week: Bernadette Demientieff, ED of the Gwich’in Steering Committee

This week there was a momentous piece of good news for conservation — one of the largest and most powerful and influential U.S. banks, Goldman Sachs, said it will not fund projects that drill for oil and gas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  This is huge — between 2016 and 2018, Goldman Sachs invested […]

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Goldman Sachs Will Not Fund Arctic Drilling, Pledges $750B to Fight Climate Change

In a move that drew praise from leading environmental organizations, the investment bank Goldman Sachs announced a sweeping new “environmental policy framework” on Sunday, with major commitments to fund climate change resilience and adaptation projects, clean energy development, and to more thoroughly analyze fracking projects before funding them (though it does not rule them out entirely).

Why This Matters:  This puts Goldman Sachs well in the lead among U.S. banks for making a commitment to both climate change and environmental protection generally.

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Trump Administration Claims In Arctic Drilling Assessment That There Is No Climate Crisis

Trump Administration Claims In Arctic Drilling Assessment That There Is No Climate Crisis

E&E News reported on Monday that the Trump administration states it its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in favor of oil and gas leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) – the agency responsible for EIS – “does not agree that the proposed development is inconsistent with maintaining a livable planet (i.e., there is not a climate crisis).”

Why This Matters:  This is yet another sign that the Trump Administration is ignoring the overwhelming opinion of expert scientists — the U.N. IPCC Oceans and Cryosphere report from last week is full of examples of how the Arctic region is being severely impacted by climate change caused by fossil fuel use.

  • It is also highly likely that the BLM silenced its own scientists in the process of drafting the ANWR EIS.
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Hipsters fueling illicit cactus trade

Hipsters fueling illicit cactus trade

Cacti and succulents have rapidly grown in popularity in the past few years and it turns out that the insatiable demand to have the trendy plants adorn homes is driving poachers to dig them up from the wild and increasingly on public lands. The Guardian recently reported in its in-depth piece that “in the US […]

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Shutdown Not Slowing Down Trump Administration Energy Priorities

Shutdown Not Slowing Down Trump Administration Energy Priorities

While most of the Interior Department and the Environmental Protection Agency are in a seemingly endless shutdown limbo, the priorities of the Trump Administration go on without a hitch.  Two high profile examples came to light over the weekend — the preparation for newly nominated Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s confirmation hearing and the busiest […]

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