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Lacawac Sanctuary Receives Grant For Environmental Education Center

Lacawac Sanctuary and Biological Field Station Saturday announced it has received a $111,450 grant from DCNR to purchase 0.8 acres of land to develop a new Environmental STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Education Center.

For more than 50 years Lacawac Sanctuary has inspired a love for nature and ecology among families, researchers, and students throughout Pennsylvania and beyond.

Nearly half a century of footprints on the trails and the natural evolution of our diverse ecosystems have created a critical need to revitalize and expand the aging facilities and to preserve our forests, wetlands and other natural areas for future generations.…

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EPA Awards $3.7 Million to Pennsylvania for Chesapeake Bay Restoration

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it is providing $3.7 million to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) to implement best management practices (BMPs) on agricultural lands in Pennsylvania’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. These practices will reduce the loads of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment pollution going to the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

“The Chesapeake Bay Program is an excellent example of cooperative federalism at work,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “This funding will help Pennsylvania accelerate its progress in improving local water quality and restoring the Chesapeake Bay.”

“Clean water is a top priority for EPA,” said EPA Regional Administrator Cosmo Servidio.  …

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Reduce Food Waste This Holiday Season

After you’ve finished off your favorite jarred food, you can still make the best of any brine or oil that”s left over in the jar.

 

Here are some great ways to reduce waste this holiday season and make the most of everything in the jar: 

  • Shake up a dirty martini with vermouth-infused olive brine.
  • Dress a salad with the leftover oil from sun-ripened tomatoes.
  • Use the herbed oil from Olives as a zesty marinade.
  • Give potato and pasta salads a zingy upgrade with a splash of peperoncini brine.
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Join the Christmas Bird Count

Participate as a citizen scientist in Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count from December 14 to January 5 and you’ll be adding to data collected for more than a century!

Researchers, conservation biologists, wildlife agencies, and other interested individuals use the data to study the long-term health and status of bird populations across North America.

Sign up for a count near you.

State parks and forests also have citizen science opportunities that you can participate in year round, including:

— Bird, bat, amphibian, and monarch butterfly monitoring and counting

— Tree and plant monitoring and measuring

— Water quality testing

Click Here to see upcoming Citizen Science opportunities in a park or forest near you.…

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PA’s New Methane Rules a Big Step Forward

Pennsylvania is taking a major step toward reducing methane emissions at natural gas facilities.

The state’s Department of Environmental Protection has announced it will implement new and updated permits that require controlling emissions of methane and other pollutants from new gas wells, transmission stations and pipelines.

Patrick Von Bargen, executive director of the Center for Methane Emission Solutions, says experience has shown that this type of permitting requirement can be a major step in stopping the release of the powerful greenhouse gas.…

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Report: Oil, Gas Pollution has Outsized Impact on African-Americans in PA

A new report shows that pollution from oil and gas facilities in Pennsylvania and nationwide is disproportionately harming African-American communities.

The report, “Fumes Across the Fence-Line,” documents health impacts of living near oil and gas pollution, including increased incidents of asthma and cancer as an environmental justice issue.

According to Mollie Michel, a Pennsylvania field organizer for Moms Clean Air Force, 38 percent of African-Americans in Pennsylvania live in a county where there is a gas or oil refinery, and almost 80,000 live within half a mile of oil and gas infrastructure.…

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Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Receives Grant From PPL Foundation

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Berks County received a generous PPL Foundation grant to support its daily operations– from global training and research to welcoming school groups.

General operating grants are the Sanctuary’s most important form of support, underwriting all Hawk Mountain conservation science and education programs, visitor services, and Sanctuary operations and maintenance.

The $5,000 funding provided by the PPL Foundation will contribute to the numerous educational events, workshops, and lectures that are provided for members and the public, as well as continued support for ongoing conservation research.…

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Wildlife Advocates Condemn Drilling Plan

Conservationists say opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling would be forcing wildlife to pay for tax breaks for the rich.

The refuge, known as ANWR, is home to polar bears, caribou, migratory birds and many other animals.

It may also contain billions of barrels of oil that have been off-limits to drillers since 1980.

In an attempt to offset the estimated $1.5 trillion of tax cuts being considered by the U.S. Senate, a provision has been added to allow selling leases for drilling in part of the refuge.…

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Celebrities Who Actively Work to Protect the Environment

Some social activists theorize that celebrity endorsement is actually one of the most powerful ways to draw attention to social problems.

Garden Collage Magazine has compiled a non-exhaustive list of celebrities who continue to stand up for the environment:

  • Meryl Streep:  Meryl Streep’s move towards activism began in the 80’s, when the 17-time Academy Award nominated actress began advocating for the Natural Resource Defense Council to raise awareness for environmental issues.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio:  Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the most outspoken celebrity advocates for Climate Change Awareness.
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Paris Climate Deal: PA Cities say “We Are Still In”

President Trump may not be interested in keeping the United States in the Paris climate deal, but several Pennsylvania cities say they are.

Tuesday was called a “Still In” day of action, and rallies in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia were among the hundreds held around the nation to show a commitment to meeting the standards to reduce carbon emissions by 2050. Sustainability director for the city of Philadelphia, Christine Knapp, said it’s time for Pennsylvania to move away from its history of dirty energy.…

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Study: Ethanol Mandate Adding to Carbon Pollution

The federal mandate to add ethanol to fuel has led to a big increase in climate disrupting pollution, according to new research from the University of Wisconsin.

The Renewable Fuel Standard requires about 17 billion gallons of ethanol, derived mostly from corn, to be blended into gasoline every year.

Since 2007, that has led to the conversion of more than 7 million acres of grassland and forest to agricultural production.

According to Seth Spawn, one of the researchers at the University of Wisconsin, that conversion is releasing massive amounts of climate pollution into the air.…

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The New PA State Amphibian

Senate Passes Bill To Designate Hellbenders As PA’s State Amphibian And Symbol Of The Importance Of Clean Water

The Senate Wednesday overwhelmingly passed Senate Bill 658 (Yaw-R-Lycoming) 47 to 2 to designate the Eastern hellbender as Pennsylvania’s official state amphibian as a symbol of the importance of clean water in the Commonwealth.

Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming), Majority Chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee and a member of the interstate Chesapeake Bay Commission, is prime sponsor of the bill.…

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Eco-friendly Vacation Destinations For 2018

Looking to be more eco-conscious on your next vacation?  Blue & Green Tomorrow has a list of some fun and оffbеаt eco-friendly dеѕtіnаtіоnѕ thаt уоu ѕhоuld соnѕіdеr fоr your nеxt vacation in 2018:

  • Copenhagen:  Wіdеlу соnѕіdеrеd оnе of thе grееnеѕt, mоѕt livable сіtіеѕ in thе world, Cореnhаgеn is аn eco-tourist’s dream. Thе super-bike-friendly Dаnіѕh саріtаl wаѕ nаmеd the Eurореаn Grееn Capital, a dеѕіgnаtіоn that reflects the city’s соmmіtmеnt to efficient іnfrаѕtruсturе, green ѕрасеѕ, аnd ѕuѕtаіnаblе dеvеlорmеnt.
  • Cоѕtа Rіса:  Cоѕtа Rica іѕ a bеlоvеd trорісаl gеtаwау аnd іѕ wеll knоwn to mаnу rеѕроnѕіblе tourists.
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Media resources for Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

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Please credit Maurice Witschard, Courtesy of The Wilderness Society for any and all use of these video files.

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2017 Environmental Wins

2017 Environmental Wins

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EarthShare members are protecting elephants from the deadly ivory trade. Photo by Harshil Gudka on Unsplash

 

Throughout its 30 year history, EarthShare has supported the work of America’s most respected environmental and conservation organizations, while helping millions of people discover and understand their role in caring for our air, land, water, wildlife, and health. EarthShare’s 600 member organizations are working every day to protect wildlife, fight climate change, and build healthy communities in the US and around the world.

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Congress wants to expand on Trump’s incredibly unpopular monument cuts

A bill introduced by Utah Rep. Chris Stewart that would effectively codify Trump’s cuts to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument received a subcommittee hearing Dec. 12. Similar legislation affecting Bears Ears has also been introduced.

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