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BREAKING: NRDC & The Center for Biological Diversity are suing the Trump administration for allowing U.S. hunters to import elephant and lion trophies. Our lawsuit, filed today, aims to protect these animals and resolve confusion created by the administration’s contradictory recent announcements.

Read more about why we're taking action in our profile link. #BeKindToElephants


BREAKING: Nebraska Public Service Commission approved an alternate route for the proposed #KeystoneXL tar sands pipeline. This route will require significant additional examination and analysis. "Only a couple days ago, we got yet another grim confirmation—oozing across the land in South Dakota—that pipelines leak. There’s no safe route for Keystone XL, and NRDC will continue fighting with every tool, in every venue and with every partner, to make sure it’s never built.” - Anthony Swift, NRDC Canada Project Director. #NoKXL


The agreement to protect the greater sage grouse was a rare moment of collaboration in American politics. Conservationists, scientists, ranchers, and politicians from both parties forged a sweeping 11-state plan to keep the bird roaming the American West. Now, Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke is trying to invalidate the deal so that oil and gas companies can plunder the land. Take action before the December 1, 2017, comment deadline. Speak up for the sage grouse—and for cooperation—via the link in our profile.



Beavers play a critical role in maintaining healthy ecosystems by creating wetland habitat and recharging aquifers. They're basically ecosystem engineers! Learn how beavers and people can work together to preserve our wetlands in our profile link.


The medical journal The Lancet recently released its assessment of the health effects of climate change. The results are alarming. Weather disasters, exposure to heat waves, and the economic costs of climate change are soaring. How many more warnings do we need? Take action in our profile link.


Not a single marine mammal has gone extinct in U.S. waters since the Marine Mammal Protection Act was enacted 45 years ago. But that could change if Congress guts this bedrock conservation bill. TAKE ACTION to urge your reps to #DefendMarineMammals in our profile link.



No one needs the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would threaten Virginia’s clean water, including rivers, streams, lakes, and wetlands. It would also threaten farms and low-income communities, and increase the risk of landslides on the steep slopes along the proposed route. The pipeline would only benefit its owners, who would be guaranteed a return—even if the pipeline is never used.


Today, we are standing in solidarity with Dreamers and undocumented immigrants across the country while they seek protection and fear from deportation. We urge Congress to pass the #DreamActNow and keep families together.


#Repost @prizeo
Hamilton is headed to London and YOU COULD BE TOO. Donate to combat climate change through @nrdc_org for the chance to win a trip to opening night! (link in bio) #Ham4Earth



Being woken up by a bluebird > being woken up by an alarm clock. Hope everyone got to sleep in today! [Photo: a Mountain Bluebird perched in Wyoming Big Sagebrush]


Want to feel inspired? Check out what the next generation of environmentalists are up to.
Director: @zoefisher2
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Cinematography: @wpagency


🙌😍 #Repost @rheasuh
SO EXCITED to share a big announcement with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Vanessa Nadal next week. Work! Work!



SWIPE 🔛 It’s @experrinment here for @nrdc_org to share some art about what I learned at #apha2017 where 12,000 @americanpublichealth professionals gathered to talk about how climate change impacts health. I was taught to respect and care for the people who raised me. And I’m worried about their future. Talking and planning can make all the difference when it comes to climate and health. Hospitals can develop climate resilience plans. And communities can establish heat-action plans. We can look out for our elders as these events unfold. Share this information with your family, friends, and community.


The boreal is the world’s largest forest and one of our best defenses against climate change. 🌲Unfortunately, more than 28 million acres of Canada’s boreal forest have been logged since 1996. That's the equivalent of 23 Grand Canyons. Tell Justin Trudeau and the Canadian government that the boreal needs to be protected by following our profile link.


Thanks to the Marine Mammal Protection Act, not a single marine mammal has gone extinct since the law was put in place 45 years ago. Our whales, dolphins, seals, manatees, and other ocean animals need continued protection against harmful industrial activities, like offshore drilling. Don’t let Congress vote to gut this bedrock conservation bill. Take action to protect the #MMPA in our profile link!



From November 6 to 17, world leaders will gather in Bonn, Germany, for the 23rd U.N. climate change conference (#COP23) to discuss next steps in the fight against climate change. Just one year into the historic Paris climate agreement, countries are plowing forward to fight climate change, including China, India, Mexico, and Canada.
With President Trump’s reckless announcement of withdrawal from the agreement, the United States has a lot of work to do, and we must continue to urge Congress to stop jeopardizing our progress on tackling climate change. Take action in our bio link!


SWIPE! 🔛 Gina McCarthy, former head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), demonstrated that good humor and perseverance are key to maintaining hope at last night’s general session at #apha2017, the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association. She reminded us that the mission of @epagov is to protect the health of Americans and the places where we live and play. She spoke about how energy access, and clean energy, is fundamentally a public health issue. And she brought down the house with encouraging words about staying in the ring even when those in charge of climate policy (who are still mostly men) seem to be asleep on the issues that matter most. Thank you for inspiring us Gina McCarthy! And for making us laugh. Art by @experrinment


Have you taken the NRDC #LEDchallenge yet? 💡All you need to do is install one LED light in your home, and post a photo of yourself using the hashtag. You'll be saving money, energy, and the world! Sign the pledge and take the challenge via the link in our profile! [📷: @isaacsevier]



For Dominion Energy, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is a sweet deal. For Virginians, it’s a scam. The state already has plenty of pipeline capacity, and Dominion has shown no evidence that it needs more. So why does Dominion want customers to pay at least $1.5 billion for a new pipeline? Reject the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Take action in our profile link!


Canada’s boreal forest contains critical habitat for many threatened and endangered species—including boreal caribou, wolverines, and grizzly bears—and serves as the nesting grounds for billions of North America’s birds. Every year, that habitat shrinks by more than one million acres when the forest is clearcut by the oil, gas, mining, and logging industries. We must band together to help protect this important land and the species that call it home. Take action in our profile link!


A quick reminder that daylight savings time is this Sunday: the perfect opportunity to spend an extra hour outside enjoying the foliage 🍁 [Photo: Aspen, Colorado]


The good news: scientists have recently discovered a brand new species of orangutan! The bad news is it's already facing the threat of extinction. Learn more about this exciting new animal, and what we can do to help it thrive, in our profile link.


Why is Canada's boreal forest so important? 🌲One of the key reasons is it acts as a powerful carbon sink, absorbing enough carbon to offset the pollution of 24 MILLION cars each year! But, by allowing clearcutting, mining, and development in the area, this number will shrink dramatically, and we can't let that happen. Take action in our bio link!


The kiwi population in New Zealand is in danger but they've got an unexpected new friend in their corner—dogs! 🐶 "Conservation dogs" are trained to gently track down all sorts of struggling bird species in New Zealand. Once scientists have identified their habitats, they can help the species grow and thrive. Read more about how dogs are helping kiwis in our profile link!


Canada’s boreal forest is a critical global resource. For millennia, it has shaped the traditions and cultures of indigenous peoples who call it home. Storing more than 36 years’ worth of global fossil fuel emissions, the forest is also one of our most critical tools for fighting climate change. And it provides important habitat to many of North America’s most iconic and endangered species, including the boreal woodland caribou.
But logging, oil and gas production, and mining are jeopardizing this vast forest. Take action in our bio link!


Want to go green and fight climate change? The easiest thing you can do is switch to LED lightbulbs, so we’re launching the NRDC #LEDChallenge! 💡 Here’s how to get in on the challenge: Install an LED bulb, post a pic/video tagging @nrdc and #LEDchallenege, and challenge a friend to make the switch! For more info, and to sign the pledge, visit the link in our profile.


The boreal, the world’s largest forest, is a green crown of trees growing below the Arctic Circle that is one of our best defenses against climate change. Canada’s 1 billion acres of boreal forest (28% of the global total) absorbs enough CO2 to offset the emissions of 24 million cars a year.
A new NRDC report finds, however, that clearcutting in Canada threatens this important carbon storehouse, with an area the size of Ohio cut down since 1996. Annual clearcutting emits as much CO2 as 5.5 million cars. Tell Canada’s Justin Trudeau to protect the boreal from destructive logging by following the link in our profile! 🌲


This Bechstein's bat is swooping in to wish you a spooky Halloween! 🦇

Native to the UK, it is one of the region's rarest and most endangered species, with no more than 1,000 bats estimated left in existence (don't be scared by those fangs, these bats mostly eat insects!).


This past Sunday marked five years since Hurricane Sandy devastated the lives of countless Americans. As such powerful weather events become stronger due to climate change, it’s important to remember that floodwaters from hurricanes can spread toxic substances, prolonging the storm’s danger long after the rains have ended. And weakening the EPA will only make things worse. Take action by visiting the link in our profile.


Autumn has arrived in our national parks. Bisons gather together in a herd in Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park.