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This Is How America Will Cut Dangerous Pollution and Stamp Out Our Carbon Footprint

Frances Beinecke
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Millions of people in Southern California were under an excessive heat warning a few weeks ago. The Los Angeles Unified School District cancelled outdoor sporting events and more than 100 San Diego schools sent children home early to shield them...continued | comments

First New York Green Bank deals to bring up to $800MM in Clean Energy Investments to New York State

Doug Sims
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Today, the New York Green Bank (NYGB) announced its first planned transactions. It's a broad, impressive set of offerings that could have transformative impact in New York and nationally by doubling down on boldness and creativity in the clean energy finance...continued | comments

A Major Agreement That is Good News for Utah Wilderness

Bobby McEnaney
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Just some of the trout to be found in the Green River, where state surveys have found that this wild and scenic river averages a population of 15,000 trout per square mile.  Photo Credit: EWConner flickr Today marks an important day for...continued | comments

Threat to Cabo Pulmo National Park from Cabo Cortés project re-emerges

Carolina Herrera
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In a move that places Cabo Pulmo National Park at risk once more, a Tribunal Court in Mexico City has effectively thrown out a 2012 decision that cancelled Cabo Cortés, a massive real-estate and tourism project proposed right near the...continued | comments

The Clean Water Act -- 42 Birthday Candles and Half a Million Americans Who Support It

Jon Devine
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Forty-two years ago this past Saturday, Congress passed the law known today as the Clean Water Act.  I salute their forethought and bipartisan leadership, not just because I make my living implementing that law, but because it has helped to...continued | comments

Burden of the Boom: Who Will Pay the Price for Fracking in California?

Miriam Rotkin-Ellman
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From polluted skies to contaminated drinking water and hazardous waste, communities of color in California get way more than their fair share.  If the oil and gas industry gets their way, drilling – and the environmental and health threats from...continued | comments

Feeding the 5000 Oakland: Bringing Food Waste Awareness by the Dumpster Load

Tiffany Traynum
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As everyone knows, I like keeping it local. Don’t get me wrong, traveling is the only way to experience other ways of life and take in all the beauty this world has to offer. But there is nothing better than...continued | comments

AWEA's Offshore WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition Emphasizes Offshore Wind's Bright Future While Also Calling for Action

Kit Kennedy
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Guest Blog by Andrea Leshak, NRDC Ford Legal Fellow I had the great pleasure of attending AWEA’s Offshore WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition earlier this month. The conference was appropriately held in Atlantic City, NJ, a city committed to supporting offshore wind...continued | comments

The tar sands train that couldn't

Anthony Swift
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This blog was co-written with Lorne Stockman, Research Director at Oil Change International   The issue of whether significant quantities of tar sands crude will move by rail if projects such as the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline are not...continued | comments (2)

Grid Modernization and Public Lands

Carl Zichella
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Here at NRDC I work in an unusual program niche: the intersection of our renewable energy and lands and wildlife programs. During my career I have worked as an advocate for protecting wild places and creatures as well as a...continued

How a Koch-Funded Group Attacking Clean Fuels Standards Flubs the Math

Simon Mui
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(This blog is cross-posted with Ben Serrurier at Climate Solutions) When the organization purporting to represent “small business” conducts an analysis attacking climate policies, one would hope that basic business accounting wouldn’t be a problem. But in the latest salvo...continued | comments (1)

The Benefits of Wind Energy in Iowa: A Valuable, Reliable Crop for This Agricultural State

Katharine McCormick
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Iowa wind continues to blow away critics of the potential for clean energy to lead to economic growth! Last week Governor Branstad announced that MidAmerican Energy, the largest utility in the state, plans to add 67 wind turbines in Adams...continued | comments

Compact and connected communities improve public health, says new research

Kaid Benfield
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   We know from exhaustive past research that walkable neighborhoods and cities reduce driving, associated emissions, and living costs.  Three important academic studies published earlier this year demonstrate that they are good for our health, too. In particular, the research,...continued | comments (1)

China Environmental News Alert (10/11 - 10/19/2014)

Greenlaw from NRDC China
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October 11 - October 19, 2014 NRDC has been working in China for over fifteen years on such issues as energy efficiency, green buildings, clean energy technologies, environmental law, and green supply chain issues. This China Environmental News Alert is a...continued | comments

Fossil-fuel funded study: net gains from EPA's Clean Power Plan

Laurie Johnson
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On behalf of some of America's biggest polluters, a new study by NERA Consulting makes a valiant, but ultimately failed, attempt to portray first-ever proposed limits on carbon pollution as an economic calamity. The limits, under the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA)...continued | comments (1)

Latin America Green News: Peru's melting glaciers, Paraguay's new deforestation fine, Mexico's proposed offshore phosphate mine, Chile's recent oil spill

Carolina Herrera
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Latin America Green News is a selection of weekly news highlights about environmental and energy issues in Latin America. October 13th – October 17th, 2014 Climate Change Peru’s glaciers have lost 40 percent of their surface area since 1970, according to...continued | comments

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