In this last article for the year, here are some projects that give us hope.
Natural Resources & Wildlife
The judge put wolves back on the Endangered Species List, calling their removal arbitrary and capricious.
Obama used his executive authority to protect one of the world's iconic ecosystems.
Lots of acreage protected, but also giveaways such as streamlined permits for fracking on public land.
Initiative 20x20 is starting in Latin America, where half the emissions come from agriculture and forest clearing.
Real time data will soon show the global fishing fleet in action, helping to eliminate over-fishing, which is decimating fish populations.
Voters will likely approve $15.7 billion in the mid-term elections for environmental protection, the most in 25 years.
It's even hard to be King of the Jungle these days.
The project is being implemented in Staten Island, NY with $60 million from the federal Sandy recovery package.
Brazil's President will probably win a second term but her environmental policies remain more than controversial.