Trump’s Risky Offshore Oil Strategy

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<p Photo BP’s Deepwater Horizon drill rig exploding in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Credit Gerald Herbert/Associated Press Seven years ago, a BP oil well blew out off Louisiana, causing the Deepwater Horizon drill rig to explode, killing 11 workers and releasing several million barrels of toxic crude oil […]

A Mausoleum for Endangered Species

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<p The cabinets and shelves of the National Wildlife Property Repository, just northeast of Denver, are crammed with stuffed monkeys and ivory carvings, snow leopard coats and dried seal penises, chairs with tails and lamps with hooves. Most of them are contraband, seized at airports in New York City, Los […]

Protected Wolves in Alaska Face Peril From Beyond Their Preserve

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<p Photo A wolf from a den within Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve in Alaska. A study found that limiting the population of wolves outside the preserve affected those within its boundaries. Credit Drew Rush/National Park Service Within the 2.5 million acres of the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve in central Alaska, […]

They’ll Shoot Horses, Won’t They?

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<p Photo Credit Leslie Herman SONOMA, Calif. — Should the federal government encourage the slaughter of a living symbol of the American West? While blunt, this question is unfortunately not hyperbole when it comes to America’s wild horses. This week the House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment that would eliminate […]

As Interior Secretary Swaggers Through Parks, His Staff Rolls Back Regulations

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<p WASHINGTON — Ryan Zinke, a former member of the Navy SEALs and lifelong Montana outdoorsman who now heads the Interior Department, loves to compare himself to Theodore Roosevelt, the father of American conservation. “I’m a Teddy Roosevelt guy!” the interior secretary said in an April announcement that he would […]