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Please, not here: Mother polar bear with her two cubs on Barter Island off the north slope of Alaska. The Trump administration has pushed forward with its plan to open up part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling, even as two-thirds of American oppose it. (Photo credit: Cheryl Strahl/Flickr)

Environmental Action: The Trump administration is barreling ahead with approvals for destructive oil and gas drilling in the sensitive Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—some of the best polar bear denning habitat in the country. Make no mistake: Drilling is bad for wildlife and the environment. Land near the Arctic Refuge bears the scars from fossil fuel sites that were shuttered decades ago. Spills and accidents still occur at nearby oil and gas sites, damaging delicate ecosystems and the irreplaceable wildlife that makes its home within the refuge. Polar bears den here, but the noise and traffic that could come with new drilling could disturb polar bear moms, causing them to abandon their cubs. Without a mother, cubs have little chance for survival. This special place is not only home to polar bears, but also the world-famous Porcupine caribou herd and other irreplaceable wildlife. It should not be sacrificed for the sake of more fossil fuels that contribute to climate change.
>>>Urge congressional leaders to restore federal prohibition on oil exploration and drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Center for Biological Diversity: On the West Coast, Southern Resident killer whales have plummeted to an astonishing new low in the past three decades, with just 76 individuals remaining—the lowest it has been in 34 years. They’re in a dangerous decline because of a lack of food, pollution, and noise and disturbance from boats. But there’s new hope, despite annual surveys showing a severe decline in their condition due to lack of food. New ways to study orcas, like collecting fecal samples from boats with the help of dogs, have given scientists undeniable evidence of the importance of Chinook salmon in orcas’ diets. Now it’s time to use that science to stop overfishing of salmon and leave enough for the whales.
>>>Urge the Pacific Fishery Management Council to pass new measures for reducing the salmon harvest if the health of either the fish or orcas doesn’t meet certain levels.

Change: Chinchillas are notable for their kindness to one another. For example, reports PETA, “if a chinchilla mum has problems producing milk to feed her babies, another female will often step in to assist, while male chinchillas will often help out with babysitting.” Quiet and shy, they have a natural lifespan of 10 to 20 years. But on fur farms, these gentle animals are killed at just eight months old by extremely cruel practices, including electrocution or breaking their necks. No animal should ever be treated like this. It takes over 200 chinchillas to make just one fur coat. Fashion is not worth an animal’s life.
>>>Urge the European Union to ban the farming of chinchillas.


Cause for concern…

Another gift to polluters: The Trump administration has decided to turn a blind eye while methane—a global warming gas more potent than carbon dioxide—leaks from pipelines and drilling sites across the country. (Photo credit: Jeremy Buckingham/Flickr)

Round of applause…

Long time, no see: Declared extinct in Britain in 1979, the large blue butterfly (Phengaris arion) has been successfully reintroduced into the wild, with some 750 individuals hatched from 1,100 larvae released last year in Gloucestershire. (Photo credit: PJC&Co/Flickr)

Parting thought…

Picture perfect: Yellowstone National Park. (Photo credit: stevetulk/Flickr)

“Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty if only we have the eyes to see them.” —John Ruskin


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