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Rafting the Colorado river, hiking through Yosemite Valley, and camping under the stars in the Great Smoky Mountains. Sound fun? We thought so. Celebrate the Wild Days of Summer with The Wilderness Society!

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“The fluttering of a butterfly’s wings can effect climate changes on the other side of the planet” – Paul Erlich

It’s not sufficient to do things better, we need to do better things – Mark Shayler, eco designer (2011)

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[ Feds force Shell to scale back plans, but Arctic Ocean risks remain ]

Tim Woody

In a move to protect marine mammals, the Obama administration today told Royal Dutch Shell that it would not be allowed to simultaneously drill two exploratory wells less than 15 miles apart in the Arctic Ocean. The announcement forces Shell to scale back its drilling plans for this summer.

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[ Why Urban Parks Matter ]

Why Urban Parks Matter

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Guest post by Catherine Nagel, executive director of EarthShare member organization City Parks Alliance

Urban parks are dynamic institutions that play a vital role in the social, economic and physical well-being of America's cities and their residents. Since the mid-19th century, with the introduction of large-scale parks in cities across America including New York, Boston, Louisville, Chicago, Minneapolis, Washington, DC and San Francisco, America’s city parks have provided a respite from the stress of urban life for millions of people.

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[ The Electric Utility Revolution ]

The Electric Utility Revolution

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In 1995, only 2% of the global population had a mobile phone. Today 96% do. In just 20 years, the telecommunications industry has completely changed because of new technology. Apoorv Ghargava, an analyst at Opower, says a similar shift is happening to electricity utility companies. And it’s good news for customers and renewable energy.

For over a century, big companies have controlled our power supply. They’ve built large coal, gas, and nuclear plants and charged customers a regulated rate to generate and deliver that electricity.

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[ Rep. Grijalva Applauded for Reintroduction of Military-Conservation Bill for Sonoran Desert ]

Michael Reinemer

The Wilderness Society and the Arizona Wilderness Coalition commend Representative Raúl Grijalva (D-Dist.

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[ Congressional hearing should spur action to improve renewable energy permitting on public lands ]

While the subject of the hearing zeroed in on whether the Bureau of Land Management is doing enough to ensure bonds to pay for restoring project sites from renewable energy companies are up to date, it underscored the significant progress that has been made—and the key opportunities that r

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