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International Polar Bear Day takes place every year on February 27th. Celebrate this as a day of action to reduce carbon emissions.

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[ National Invasive Species Awareness Week ]

National Invasive Species Awareness Week, February 27 – March 3, 2017, is a week to raise awareness and identify dreamstime_xs_18618610solutions to invasive species issues at local, state, tribal, regional, international and national scales.

Invasive species are one of the leading threats to native wildlife.  Approximately 42% of Threatened or Endangered species are at risk primarily due to invasive species.

Human health and economies are also at risk from invasive species. The impacts of invasive species on our natural ecosystems and economy cost billions of dollars each year.…

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[ Chesapeake Bay Foundation Save The Bay Photo Contest Now Open ]

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation 2017 Save the Bay Photo Contest is now accepting entries through March 24.

CBF is celebrating its 50th year and they want to see how you see the Chesapeake Bay and all its rivers and streams.

The contest is open to both amateur and professional photographers, and they are seeking photographs that illustrate the positive aspects of the Bay and its rivers and streams. All photos must include water from the Chesapeake Bay or a river, stream, creek, or other body of water inside the Chesapeake Bay watershed.…

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[ Environmental Groups Challenge Pipeline Permits ]

Environmental groups have filed an appeal of 20 permits issued Monday for the proposed Mariner East Two pipelines. The pipelines would carry highly-flammable, natural-gas liquids including propane, butane and ethane over 300 miles across 17 Pennsylvania counties.

But according to Delaware Riverkeeper Maya von Rossum, the Department of Environmental Protection issued the permits despite applications riddled with errors.

“There’s been misinformation and missing information, and information challenged by the public and by experts, and information challenged by Department of Environmental Protection employees themselves,” she said.…

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[ How to Save Arctic Ice ]

Crazy warm winters haven’t pushed Arctic ice beyond a “tipping point.” Every ton of CO2 we don’t emit saves 32 square feet of it.

Find out what National Geographic says could happen in the next 30 years.…

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[ PA American Water Accepting Stream Of Learning Scholarship Program Applications ]

PA American Water announced that applications are being accepted for its 2017 Stream of Learning Scholarship Program to provide financial assistance to high school seniors who are planning to pursue careers in the water and wastewater industry.

The deadline for applications is March 24.

The program is designed to support outstanding students living in Pennsylvania American Water’s service territories who are charting a course of study in specific fields, ranging from engineering to environmental science.

The company will award scholarships of $1,000 each to 10 students who are selected through the program’s application process.…

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[ Racing to the Bottom on Methane Emissions? ]

Clean air advocates are concerned that a bill in the state Senate would undermine efforts to control a major contributor to climate change.

Over a 20-year time period, methane, the main component of natural gas, is 86 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas.

And Pennsylvania puts a lot of methane into the atmosphere – 115,000 tons in 2014 alone, according to the Department of Environmental Protection.

SB 175 would prevent the DEP from imposing any regulations on emissions of methane that are more restrictive than federal regulations.…

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[ Unilever Will Disclose Fragrance Ingredients to Consumers ]

In a major move that could dramatically alter the personal care and fragrance markets, industry giant Unilever announced a bold new initiative to provide detailed information on fragrance ingredients for all products in its multibillion-dollar portfolio of personal care brands, including Dove, Noxzema, Lever 2000 and NEXXUS.

The transparency initiative will provide to customers:

  • Fragrance ingredient disclosure through SmartLabelTM. This year, Unilever will start to voluntarily expand its product ingredient lists available through SmartLabel™ to include the fragrance ingredients in a product’s formulation above 0.01 percent (100 parts per million).
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[ Great Backyard Bird Count 2017 ]

The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to birdscreate a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent.

Anyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each day of the event. It’s free, fun, and easy–and it helps the birds.

Get more info and find out how to participate here.…

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[ Lawsuit Calls Trump Order on Regulations Unconstitutional ]

Public interest law, environmental and labor groups are suing to stop the Trump administration’s executive order to cut government regulations.

The order, signed January 30, requires federal agencies to eliminate two existing regulations for every new one enacted. New regulations must also have a net cost of $0 in the current fiscal year – without giving consideration to the value of benefits to public health and safety.

According to Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, that would require agencies to violate existing law governing the regulatory process, as well as the Administrative Procedure Act.…

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[ Budget Plan Fails to Meet PA Clean Water Needs ]

Clean-water advocates say Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed $32.3 billion state budget doesn’t have the funds to meet the state’s critical clean-water commitments. The Department of Environmental Protection has already said Pennsylvania won’t meet the pollution-reduction goals in its Clean Water Blueprint.

Harry Campbell, executive director of the Pennsylvania office of the Chesapeake Bay, says the state is required to have practices in place to reduce pollution by 60 percent by the end of this year.

“Roughly 19,000 miles of Pennsylvania’s rivers and streams are damaged by pollution,” he said.…

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[ National Wildlife Federation Photo Contest Accepting Entries ]

The National Wildlife Federation is now accepting entries for its 46th Annual Photo Contest. The deadline for entries is March 20.

There is a grand prize of $5,000 and cash prizes to first- and second-place winners in each of seven categories: Baby Animals, Backyard Habitats, Birds, Landscapes and Plants, Mammals, Other Wildlife, People in Nature.

Pennsylvania photographers Sandra Rothenberg from Warren was a 2015 winner of the contest in the mammals category and Kim Steininger of Chadds Ford was a 2005 Grand Prize winner.…

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[ Presidents’ Day 2017-National Park Service Fee Free Day ]

Explore your National Parks!  Thanks to the National Park Service, all national parks across the country will waive admission fees on several days throughout 2017 including February 20th, Presidents’ Day.

Get more info here.…

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[ Tips for Fresh Indoor Air ]

If you feel cooped up in your house during the winter months, imagine what the air in your home is like?  During the warmer months, you can get fresh air in your home by opening windows, but that’s not really an option in the winter.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, air inside the average home is two to five times more polluted than the air outside, largely due to toxic household cleaners.  So, it’s important to eliminate or manage the sources of indoor air pollution.…

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[ Congress Votes to Overturn Stream Protection Rule ]

Congress has voted to eliminate a regulation that restricts the disposal of dangerous coal-mining waste in nearby streams.

Lawmakers used the Congressional Review Act, a seldom-used 1996 law that says regulations finalized in the last 60 legislative days of the year can be overturned with a simple majority vote in both houses and the president’s signature. According to Dalal Aboulhosn, deputy legislative director of the Sierra Club, the action guts the Stream Protection Rule, which was created with input from stakeholders and review of more than 100,000 public comments over almost a decade.…

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[ Today is World Wetlands Day ]

In the US, we have destroyed or degraded 50% of our wetlands – to development, misguided engineering projects, agriculture, and fossil fuel development. We are just beginning to understand the vital services that wetlands provide, and making the case for restoring them. Today, on World Wetlands Day, celebrate wetlands and all the benefits they provide.  

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[ Make Your Laundry Routine Easier On Your Clothes, Wallet, and the Planet ]

Oftentimes, products that are best for the environment are harsh on your wallet. But when it comes to laundry, greener alternatives are not only cheaper—they’re easier. Already a green-laundry fanatic? Good news! The Sierra Club dug up some fresh ideas to save you some money and help the planet:

Use Homemade Detergent

Commercial laundry detergent can wreak havoc on water systems (especially lakes) and our bodies. They contain phosphates, which spur algae growth, turning once pristine and clear bodies of water into murky pools that eventually dry up.…

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[ DCNR Invites Students To Apply For Environmental Careers Camp In Luzerne County ]

Young Pennsylvanians interested in pursuing environmental careers are invited to apply by April 15 for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ summer residential camp.

The six-day camp begins July 9, at Camp Kresge, White Haven, Luzerne County. The camp is near Nescopeck State Park and about 10 miles north of White Haven.

The camp will introduce 20 students in grades 10-12 to conservation and environmental careers, and encourage their pursuit. From wildlife conservation projects and stream sampling of aquatic life, to forestry skills, daily activities will offer students a hands-on, team-building learning experience in an outdoor setting.…

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[ President’s Environmental Youth Award ]

President’s Environmental Youth Award Nominations Open (due Mar 1) – Apply or encourage a student you know to apply for the President’s Environmental Youth Award. Applicants from all states and territories are eligible to compete for a regional certificate of special recognition and a national Presidential award.

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[ PA Resources Council Announces 2016 Lens On Litter Photo Contest Winners & 2017 Contest Open ]

The PA Resources Council announced the winners of the 2016 Lens On Litter Photo Contest designed to call the public’s attention to community litter and illegal dumping problems.

This year’s contest was sponsored by Sheetz, Inc., Wegmans, Close the Loop and Sustainable Solutions Corp.

    Student Winners

In the “student” category, the winner of the $1,000 First Place cash prize was Vincent Cavallero of Newtown Square, a 15 year old 10th grade student from Newtown Square, Delaware County. Vincent’s photo titled “Nature is no Cup Holder” shows cups and bottles in and around a decaying tree stump along the Darlington Trail.…

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[ What Celebrities Are Saying About the Environment ]

When a celebrity gives their opinion, many people listen.  They might say something that can be motivational and inspirational.  Check out these quotes from celebrities about the environment..they might just inspire you to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle:


“I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?”


“The future is green energy, sustainability, renewable energy.”


“Nothing is more important to human society than preserving its natural capital.…

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[ Pennsylvania Breaks Into Top 10 States In Energy Efficiency Jobs ]

A review of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows Pennsylvania is now in the top 10 states in terms of the number of workers employed in businesses related to energy efficiency and clean energy, according to a new report released by Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) and E4TheFuture this week.

The report found 53,175 jobs in Pennsylvania connected to energy efficiency businesses. Another report in November found over 66,000 workers employed in clean energy and energy efficiency companies in Pennsylvania.

31 percent of the energy efficiency firms employing workers are focused on installation of products, 21 percent from making advanced materials and insulation companies and 20 percent in engineering and research.…

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[ Fact Sheet: New Mexico rejects state takeover of America’s public lands ]

Feb 25, 2017

These lands are Our Wild. Let’s keep them public.


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[ Wilderness Society honors Roxanne Quimby with Robert Marshall Award for conservation leadership ]

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The Robert Marshall Award is The Wilderness Society’s highest honor presented to a private citizen who has devoted long-term service and had a notable influence on conservation and the fostering of an American land ethic. 

The award to Ms. Quimby reads:


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[ Trump promises a renaissance for coal – but these clean energy numbers tell a different story ]

The president is not just ignoring market realities when touting coal, he’s also overlooking the biggest economic opportunity in decades.

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[ Trump expected to sign away public lands to coal leasing, unraveling Obama’s reforms ]

Just over a month into his presidency, President Trump is expected to roll back Obama-era reforms aimed at ending coal company sweetheart deals and decreasing pollution from dirty coal production associated with the federal coal program.


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