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Water and Wastewater Systems Are Still At-Risk 10 Years after Katrina

Ben Chou
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It's hard to believe that ten years have passed since Hurricane Katrina made landfall along the Gulf Coast. I will always vividly remember that week in late August 2005. I was finishing my final semester in college and was taking...continued | comments

NOAA Releases an Important Fisheries Climate Science Strategy

Lisa Suatoni
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The Fisheries Climate Science Strategy released this week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is an important and bold step by the agency to better manage our nation's fisheries in the face of a changing climate. It's a...continued | comments

How the Dirty Air Campaign Opposing Safe Air for Americans Pushes Falsehoods About Job Losses

John Walke

Lobbyists for polluting industries and their political allies are ramping up attacks on safe air for all Americans, with an increasingly desperate campaign founded on falsehoods and misrepresentations. These opponents are urging EPA to retain a health standard for smog...continued | comments

Katrina 10 Years On: The Federal Flood Risk Management Standard Provides a Way Forward

Joel Scata
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This month marks the 10th commemoration of Hurricane Katrina. It was the costliest, as well as, one of the deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States. When the levee system safeguarding New Orleans catastrophically failed, our nation watched...continued | comments

Preview for Obama-Modi Visit in September: The U.S. Clean Power Plan as a Driver for Global Clean Energy Action

Anjali Jaiswal
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With the announcement of the Clean Power Plan, the U.S. took a big step toward fighting climate change. Lauded as the largest single action the U.S. has ever taken to address global warming, many domestic leaders offered their support and...continued | comments

Global study shows deteriorating air quality in India and other vulnerable regions

Ariel Cooper
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Co-authored by Morgan Capilla, Stanback Fellow Following India's government announcement that it would launch a "massive" people-oriented awareness campaign to check air pollution, NDTV brought together leaders, including NRDC representatives, to discuss India's growing air quality problems and potential solutions....continued | comments

Auction Shows Mid-Atlantic/Midwest Consumers Will Pay More and For Dirtier Electricity Under New Rule

Jennifer Chen
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PJM, the grid operator serving 61 million energy customers in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest, has released its latest "capacity" auction results determining how much energy resources can charge to supply PJM's region with adequate electricity in the future. This year's...continued

New report shows "flexiwatts" are the next big opportunity for a cleaner grid and customer savings

Pierre Bull
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We hear it over and over again from naysayers of renewable energy from sources like wind and solar who claim that we will experience electricity grid failure if we rely too much on solar, wind and other variable renewable energy...continued | comments

DPR, Protect Kids THIS School Year

Andrea Spacht
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This last week in August has always been my favorite time of year: the seasons are just starting to change but the weather is still warm and pleasant, gardens are flourishing, and as a child back to school meant back...continued | comments

NRDC Survey: NYC Businesses Still Blasting Their Air Conditioners with Doors Open

Eric Goldstein
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Many New York City retailers are continuing to blast their air conditioners with store doors wide open this summer, seven years after the New York City Council enacted legislation intended to curb the wasteful practice. A recently completed NRDC sampling...continued | comments

Katrina's Vital Lesson

Rhea Suh
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A decade after the costliest storm in U.S. history, we have a collective responsibility to act. President Obama goes to New Orleans on Thursday to mark the Gulf region's struggle to recover from not one disaster but two: Hurricane Katrina...continued | comments

New NRDC Analysis Shows that Illinois Can Meet Clean Power Plan Goals and Deliver Huge Benefits to State's Economy

Nick Magrisso
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Following NRDC's national analysis of the Clean Power Plan, NRDC released state by state analyses last week showing that Illinois can cut even more carbon pollution than called for in EPA's Clean Power Plan. Under the new state analysis, Illinois...continued | comments

Latin America Green News: Glaciers under threat, Brazil pledges to end Amazon deforestation, electric fleet in Uruguay

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. August 15th - August 21st, 2015 Climate Change A new study conducted by the World Glacier Monitoring Service and led...continued | comments

White House: Two initiatives at the sweet spot of energy and finance

Philip Henderson
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The White House today announced several initiatives aimed at helping households benefit from energy efficiency improvements and solar power, including two initiatives at the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) -- the agency that insures mortgages for American homeowners. Consumer finance is...continued | comments

The White House Gets It Right: Climbing to Energy Efficiency for All

Deron Lovaas
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One of the challenges facing America as we get serious about tackling carbon pollution from power plants is our wasteful housing stock. Energy efficiency upgrades driven by policies promoted by the Obama Administration are making a dent in this...continued | comments

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