Whether you love swimming at the beach, paddling down a river, or fishing in a creek clean water plays a crucial role in our enjoyment of nature.
When our nation passed the Clean Water Act nearly 50 years ago, we set a goal to ensure that all our waterways are safe for swimming. Yet decades later, too many of our waterways remain polluted. Sprawling roads, parking lots and overdevelopment now drastically hamper nature’s ability to absorb stormwater through the soil and filter out pollutants.
The 2021 edition of a report by Environment America Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group
Sarah Nick and Tony Dutzik, Frontier Group; and Emma Searson, Environment America Research & Policy Center
The 2019 edition of a report by Environment America Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group
Written by Rob Sargent, Environment America Research & Policy Center; and Jonathan Sundby and Gideon Weissman, Frontier Group DOWNLOAD THE REPORT
Clean energy is sweeping across America and is poised for more dramatic growth in the coming years.
The 2020 edition of a report by Environment America Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group
Tony Dutzik and Jamie Friedman, Frontier Group; and Emma Searson, Environment America Research & Policy Center
To protect species and biodiversity, we must protect the world’s forests. Doing so will help stabilize our climate. We’re doing our part by engaging the American public and urging U.S. companies to choose sustainability. For instance, we’re urging Cargill and other U.S. agricultural companies operating in the tropics to adopt zero-deforestation plans, and we’re urging U.S. tissue companies to include recycled paper products in their paper towels, toilet paper and tissues.
Circling the Northern hemisphere in a ring of spruce, firs and pines, the boreal forest is the most carbon-rich ecosystem on Earth. In Canada, the boreal forest covers more than 1 billion acres — making it the largest intact forest remaining on our planet. The Canadian boreal forest is a refuge for such species as caribou, cougars and grizzly bears, whose habitats have dwindled further south. Billions of birds, nearly half of all avian species in North America, breed in the boreal before flying southward into our backyards and parks each winter.
Millions of bees are dying off, with alarming consequences for our environment and our food supply. We rely on bees to pollinate everything from almonds to strawberries to the alfalfa used to feed dairy cows. What happens if the bees disappear? It’s simple: No bees, no food.
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