Supreme Court denies Big Agriculture’s attempt to overturn EPA decision on carbofuran
In May 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a case challenging a 2009 decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which mandated that as of December 31, 2009 no domestically grown food crop could be grown with carbofuran, a highly toxic chemical that has killed millions of wild birds.
U.S. House of Representatives votes to strengthen offshore drilling oversight
Cleaning oiled wildlife is a dirty, difficult job. But an even bigger challenge is creating effective conservation laws that prevent disasters like this in the first place—and that make a lasting difference for protecting imperiled species and habitats. So when the U.S House of Representatives passed the CLEAR Act on July 30, 2010, the victory represented years of dedicated efforts by Defenders of Wildlife’s science, policy and government relations experts.
Federal court halts Chukchi Sea development activities pending environmental review
On July 21, 2010, a federal judge suspended oil and gas drilling activities associated with Chukchi Sea Lease Sale 193 because the government did not undertake a proper analysis of the potential consequences of drilling in the ecologically sensitive area.
Living doesn’t come easy on the tundra. But this furry fox with a bushy blanket for a tail finds the frigid habitat fitting. Big paws of dense fur keep the fox from crashing through crusty snow as it listens for the lemmings and voles tunneling below. Hearing a scurry or a squeak, the Arctic fox nabs its prey beneath the snowpack with a dramatic pounce and paw punch.