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China Environmental News Alert - May 25, 2015

NRDC China Team
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May 9 - May 25, 2015Court hearing China's landmark NGO environmental lawsuit | ChinaDaily A Chinese court has begun hearing a lawsuit filed by green organizations against a quarry for environmental damage in a landmark case empowered by China's strengthened...continued | comments

Walmart's antibiotic use announcement: Less than meets the eye

David Wallinga, MD
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When a global behemoth like Walmart decides to put out new policy on animal welfare and use of antibiotics, it's guaranteed to make a splash. And it has. But how well-deserved is that attention? It's undeniably great that Walmart recognizes...continued | comments (4)

Taking Big Steps Towards Energy Efficiency for All in Maryland

Deron Lovaas
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Mountain View Apartments, Cumberland, MD courtesy of Rudy Matthews photography This weekend, my Memorial Day observance will include toasting a historic two weeks of regulatory activity in favor of low-income utility customers in Maryland, particularly those most underserved of...continued | comments (1)

This Week in Whales: Oil Spills Are Bad from BP Disaster to Santa Barbara; Designing Whale-Friendly Fishing Gear...

Zak Smith
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(Photo by NOAA/Refugio Response Incident Command) Ready to have your world turned upside down? Turns out the Deepwater Horizon spill contributed to a record number of dolphin deaths in the Gulf. I know, shocking, right? Anyway, a study published...continued | comments

Latin America Green News: coffee and birds both face climate threats, bees and monarchs get a boost from Obama, geothermal and solar progress in Central America

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. May 16th - May 22nd, 2015 Climate Change Scientists from the Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security warn...continued | comments

Not Grandpa's Grid

Carl Zichella
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I recently participated in a web colloquy with nuclear proponents about the future of baseload power (as represented by nuclear plants that have to operate around the clock) and the "problems" with integrating large amounts of renewable power into the...continued

Owner of Broken Santa Barbara Oil Pipeline is a Repeat Offender

Damon Nagami
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On Tuesday, an oil pipeline owned and operated by Houston-based Plains All American ruptured and spilled at least 105,000 gallons of crude oil into the ocean off of Santa Barbara. The oil slick created by the spill is now reported...continued | comments

Sluggish Response to Santa Barbara Oil Spill Rings Alarm Bells for the Arctic

Giulia C.S. Good Stefani
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An oil pipeline near Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County ruptured Tuesday morning, spewing about 105,000 gallons of oil onto the coast and into the Pacific Ocean. The spill was discovered by locals. By the time the Coast Guard...continued | comments (4)

DC Water Announces New Proposal to Clean Up Rivers Using Green Infrastructure Instead of Tunnels

Becky Hammer
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If you're a fan of the idea of turning our nation's capital into a cleaner, greener city, you should be excited by yesterday's news from DC Water. The water and sewer utility announced that it will use green infrastructure to...continued | comments (2)

Santa Barbara pipeline spill highlights threats of tar sands expansion into the West Coast

Anthony Swift
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The most recent oil spill in California highlights both fundamental weaknesses in basic safeguards for our nation's oil infrastructure as well as risks associated with industry plans to expand tar sands infrastructure in the West Coast. On May 19,...continued | comments (2)

Serving Up a Better School Plate

Margaret Brown
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Across the country, more than 100 jurisdictions - including New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. - have enacted bans on polystyrene foam of one sort or another. And NRDC has played a leading role in New York...continued | comments

Big Cities Once Again Step Up to the Plate on Improving School Food

Mark Izeman
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School food usually gets a bad rap. But six of the largest school districts in the nation are once again trying to change that reputation. Today, the Urban School Food Alliance - a unique coalition including New York City, Los...continued | comments (1)

The 30-Meter Difference: DOE Study Blows Away Limits on Midwest Wind Power

Rebecca Stanfield

Boosting the height of wind turbines by 30 meters could massively boost the technical potential for cost-effective wind power in the Midwest, according to a new analysis released by the Department of Energy this week. In some places like Iowa...continued | comments

Taller turbines change the political landscape of which states benefit from wind power

Nathanael Greene
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Improved wind power technologies already widely used in Europe--taller turbine towers of 110 meters and more, and more powerful rotors--can cost-effectively open up huge swaths of the country to wind power development. That's the great news out in a new...continued | comments (2)

Drill in the Arctic? Shell No

Giulia C.S. Good Stefani
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Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc. plans to drill in the Arctic's Chukchi Sea this summer, and we plan to stop them. This weekend, while hundreds of Seattle activists were peacefully protesting in their kayaks, we were finalizing our court papers....continued | comments (16)

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