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Yellowstone in the Backyard: Time to Declare LA's San Gabriel Mountains a National Monument

Frances Beinecke
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As we head into the final days of August, most Americans are looking for one last summer escape. Many people have to travel hundreds of miles to find a refuge from the crush of everyday life. But the 17 million...continued | comments (1)

Reading, Writing, and ...Toxic Pesticides?

Miriam Rotkin-Ellman
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Parents worry about plenty of things when they send their kids to school: first- day jitters, making friends, bullying … But exposure to toxic chemicals isn’t usually on the list of “back to school” worries. Perhaps it should be, though....continued | comments

Tell the Forest Service they have an obligation to protect your public groundwater resources

Marcus Griswold
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Recently, the US Forest Service released a “Directive” which would guide how groundwater is managed by the agency.  They are currently accepting comments from the public on that Directive and now is the time to weigh in to ensure public...continued | comments

What If Proven Benefits Alone Are Not Enough to Drive Industrial Energy Efficiency

Vignesh Gowrishankar
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While cutting energy waste seems like a no-brainer for the industrial sector, a new research project suggests that even favorable cost savings, at a brisk rate, may be insufficient to drive deep deployment of energy efficiency in America’s factories and...continued | comments

EGCG: Not my cup of (green) tea

Maricel V. Maffini, PhD
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Last week, the Washington Post published an exposé of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) food additive regulatory program; it concluded that “The explosion of new food additives coupled with an easing of oversight requirements is allowing manufacturers to...continued | comments

New Study: America's Data Centers Consuming -- and Wasting -- Growing Amounts of Energy

Pierre Delforge
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All of our online activity -- including email, internet use, social media, and conducting business -- is delivered through nearly 3 million data centers across America, from small closets and larger server rooms, to mammoth “cloud” server farms. Their explosive...continued | comments (1)

Huge Ponds Hold Tar Sands Sludge, And Great Risks

Danielle Droitsch
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On August 4, 2014, the catastrophic failure of a mining company's dam in British Columbia, Canada, released over 2.5 billion gallons of contaminated water from a containment pond into the upper Faser River watershed. Only a few hundred miles east...continued | comments (1)

Scott River decision gives Californians one more tool to keep water in streams

Marcus Griswold
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In a landmark decision, a California court recently declared that the public trust doctrine applies to groundwater if it alters benefits provided by navigable streams - benefits that include recreational boating, hunting, swimming, wildlife habitat, and scenic beauty. Groundwater itself...continued | comments

Let's Keep Florida Breathable

Pamela Rivera
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Last week former environmental officials released a statement supporting Governor Rick Scott’s “Let’s Keep Florida Beautiful” conservation plan. While conservation is a worthy goal, it will mean very little if state leaders like Governor Scott don’t also develop a plan...continued | comments (1)

Charge Ahead California Initiative Passes Overwhelmingly

Max Baumhefner
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A child’s drawing posted on the door of Assembly Member Christina Garcia of Southeast Los Angeles, outlines a vision of placing 1 million electric cars, trucks, and buses on California’s streets within 10 years – a vision that  moved...continued | comments

New Report Series: India's Burgeoning Solar and Wind Energy Markets Jumpstarting Job Growth

Anjali Jaiswal
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India’s solar and wind programs have catalyzed rapid growth, providing much needed energy access while creating enormous employment opportunities for India’s workforce, as discussed during the launch of a new series of reports on Renewable Energy Jobs and Finance in...continued | comments (1)

Why San Francisco, New York and DC may be more affordable than you thought

Kaid Benfield
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  Highly enlightening new data from the New York City-based Citizens Budget Commission demonstrate the immense importance of walkability and transit in shaping how affordable large US cities are for a range of household types.  When typical housing and transportation...continued | comments (3)

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn Signs Wildlife Protections into Law

Nick Magrisso
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The following is a guest blog by NRDC wildlife attorney, Rebecca Riley: Mountain lions, gray wolves, and black bears are now safe to roam in Illinois, thanks to the leadership of Governor Pat Quinn and the Illinois legislature. This last...continued | comments (2)

Report finds illegal use of diesel in fracking fluid, highlights problems with FracFocus

Matthew McFeeley
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Last week, the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) released a report which found that companies had disclosed using diesel fuel in fracking in 12 states.  The use of diesel fuel as a component of fracking fluid is illegal without a permit under...continued | comments (1)

Latin America Green News: Renewables in Mexico, new blow to HidroAysén, Peru climate strategy

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. August 16th – August 22nd, 2014 Biodiversity & Environment In a new blow to HidroAysén, the mega-dam project whose permits where recently...continued | comments

Why the Ice Bucket Challenge Gives Me the Chills

Tracy Quinn
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Can one responsibly participate AND be water smart … even in an epic drought?! If you’re like me, your Facebook newsfeed has been filled with videos of friends, family, and celebrities taking part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (#alsicebucketchallenge)....continued | comments (1)

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