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Plug-in Equipment Efficiency Bill Could Save Californians Billions, Help Achieve the State's Climate Goals

Pierre Delforge
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With around 50 appliances, electronics, and miscellaneous electric devices connected to our household electrical sockets, plug-in equipment is responsible for approximately two-thirds of electricity use in California homes. Unfortunately, much of that is wasted due to inefficient and always-on devices....continued

Progress on Climate Change: India Takes Driver's Seat in Amending the Montreal Protocol - Part 2

Anjali Jaiswal
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In this two part blog series, we discuss the key areas for discussion, including the new proposed amendment to the Montreal Protocol by India, during the meeting of the parties in Bangkok. Part 1 is an overview and Part 2...continued | comments

The Fight Widens: NRDC challenges the approval of the pesticide combination Enlist Duo in nine more states

Sylvia Fallon
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Back in October, EPA approved a new pesticide, Enlist Duo, which combines glyphosate (commonly known as Roundup) with another powerful weed killer called 2,4 D in six states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin). NRDC filed a...continued | comments (1)

Why we have grave environmental concerns about "fast track" trade authority

Jake Schmidt
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A "fast track" trade bill was just introduced that would expedite approval of two massive trade agreements. We know enough about these pending trade agreements - one between the U.S. and eleven other countries and the other with the European...continued | comments (1)

Energy Information Administration data confirms rail is no replacement for Keystone XL

Anthony Swift
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This blog was co-written with Lorne Stockman, Research Director at Oil Change International Industry's favorite talking point in favor of the embattled Keystone XL tar sands pipeline was roundly discredited late last month with the first-time release of crude-by-rail data...continued | comments (1)

"Merchants of Doubt": More than just a movie review--a challenge to conservatives on climate change

David Goldstein
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I don't see a lot of movies, except on airplanes, and "Merchants of Doubt" is not the kind of movie that airlines like to show. The film documents how climate change deniers twist the truth and cast doubt on theories...continued

China Environmental News Alert - April 20, 2015

NRDC China Team
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Apple Grows Its Own Solar Farms in China | WSJ News that Apple is partnering with SunPower, a major U.S. solar-panel maker, to build two solar power plants in China's southwestern Sichuan province, highlights Apple's attempts to offset its growing...continued | comments

Progress on Climate Change: India Takes Driver's Seat in Amending the Montreal Protocol - Part 1

Anjali Jaiswal
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In this two part blog series, we discuss the key areas for discussion, including the new proposed amendment to the Montreal Protocol by India, during the meeting of the parties in Bangkok. Part 1 is an overview and Part 2...continued | comments

CAISO and PacifiCorp Shake Things Up

Carl Zichella

For those of us westerners working on decarbonizing the electricity system, the recent announcement that PacifiCorp is taking steps to join the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) literally rocked our world. PacifiCorp is one of the West's largest utilities outside...continued

US Can and Must Rise to the Global Challenge of Climate Change

Jake Schmidt
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We have a responsibility to protect our children and future generations from the effects of climate change by reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping pollutants. This can be done in a manner that protects public health, spurs job...continued | comments (1)

Latin America Green News: Chile's first solar village, Colombia launches REDD, Petition for Monarch protection

Maria Martinez
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Latin America Green News is a selection of weekly news highlights about environmental and energy issues in Latin America. April 11th - April 17th, 2015 Climate Change Last week at the 7th Summit of the Americas in Panama, United Nations...continued | comments

And the winner is... new renewables pass new fossil fuels globally

Nathanael Greene
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Start spreading the news: The world is now deploying more renewable energy in the production of electricity--more wind and solar power, in particular--than it is fossil fuels. And it has been since 2013, according to the analysts at Bloomberg New...continued | comments

Energy Efficiency Progress: A Tale of Two Regions

Ralph Cavanagh
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New England and the Pacific Northwest are separated by a continent, but they have a shared history of energy efficiency leadership that stretches back over some three decades, and two recent independent assessments show that their efforts to help customers...continued | comments

Greenroads: Certifying Streets as Green

Deron Lovaas
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The building industry has gone through a revolution since the 1990s. More and more structures are greener than in the past, with measurably better environmental performance yielding less air and water pollution as well as reduced waste. What accounts for...continued | comments

Despite Hoopla, Court Challenge to Clean Power Plan Likely to Fail

David Doniger
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The much ballyhooed legal challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan, brought by coal companies and conservative state attorneys-general, ran out of steam today in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington. Judges Karen LeCraft Henderson, Thomas...continued | comments

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