Environment

Yesterday, the UN released a report saying the world faces ecological collapse unless we take urgent action to change our social and economic systems to protect the environment.

The devastating report shows how the massive global decline of bees and other insects, along with other critical species, is setting us on a path to catastrophe. And this decline is largely thanks to industrial agriculture and the use of toxic pesticides.

Dartmouth was announced the winning team of the fourth annual Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge April 24 at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Massachusetts Institute of Technology was awarded second place.

NASA’s BIG Idea Challenge engages universities in engineering design to develop space exploration concepts for the Moon to Mars mission. The competition is a great opportunity for students to tackle real-time challenges facing future NASA space travel.

To combat Wheeler and the GOP’s climate denial, we need Congress to pass a Green New Deal that includes a just transition away from fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas.

As a dead center member of Generation X, I know all too well what it’s like to live with the Baby Boomers’ bullshit for, well, ever. As a kid growing up I had to endure their hijacking of pop culture long after their ideas and youth and influence were actually relevant. I’ve had Bob Dylan, The Beatles, and the Rolling Stones shoved down my throat as the gold standard for rock and roll for as long as I’ve been able to draw breath.  Jimi Hendrix is the greatest and there is no disputing it.

Moments ago, the Trump administration -- led by Interior Secretary Zinke -- announced that it is gutting a critical protection for public health and the environment.

The Bureau of Land Management’s methane waste rule stopped oil and gas companies from pointlessly venting and flaring methane on our public lands. Now, Zinke’s rollback of this rule will mean more air pollution, public health threats, and climate pollution.

The Mercer Family Foundation has sunk millions of dollars into Breitbart, climate-denying politicians, and a host of climate denial organizations.

But the head of the foundation, Rebekah Mercer, sits on the board of one of our nation’s largest and most respected natural history museums -- the American Museum of Natural History.

Friends of the Earth is joining a broad coalition of groups to kick Rebekah Mercer off the board of this museum -- but we need your help!

Last month, Donald Trump signed an Executive Order threatening Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears National Monument with drilling, mining and logging. These monuments boast 1.9 million acres of canyons, arches, and piñon-juniper forests. They house artifacts, buildings, and sacred spaces of Native American communities. The Department of the Interior is accepting public comments on whether to let Big Oil destroy Bears Ears. So we need you to speak up NOW and help save this special place!

Good news -- two more garden retail giants -- Walmart and True Value -- are eliminating bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides! This is largely thanks to people like you, who tirelessly emailed, called, swarmed on social media and delivered letters to True Value demanding that it help save bees. All your hard work paid off! There is only one large garden retailer who is still holding out -- Ace Hardware. It’s time for Ace to join its competitors and make a firm commitment to stop selling bee-killing pesticides! 

Donald Trump is trying to gut the Energy Star program. The program -- which is run by the EPA -- rates appliances and buildings on their energy efficiency. It has kept 2.7 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases from polluting our planet. And it has saved Americans roughly $362 billion in energy costs.

We need your help to stop Trump from getting rid of this program!

Our national monuments are under attack.  Donald Trump is set to issue an executive order TODAY to let the fossil fuel industry destroy these special places. This means that soon, visitors to Grand Staircase-Escalante, Bears Ears and other natural wonders could see, hear and smell coal mines and oil wells. We need your help to stop this attack!