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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 (1)

Virginia's SCC Staff Wields a Nuclear Ax When Any Number of Toothpicks Would Do

Walton Shepherd

The Staff of Virginia’s SCC made befuddled comments to the EPA last week that assumes Virginia would achieve their easy carbon emissions goal in the single most expensive (and absurdly unnecessary) manner possible: by building a brand new nuclear reactor!...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 (1)

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

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

At Greenbuild: Leading Southern Cities Ramp Up on Energy Efficiency

Melissa Wright
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Are you heading to the Greenbuild International Conference in New Orleans next week? If so, be sure to check out the panel, Leading Southern Cities Ramp Up on Energy Efficiency, on October 22 from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM. The...continued | comments

NRDC, Fishermen and Watershed Protection Groups Launch Legal Action to Protect Disappearing Blueback Herring

Brad Sewell
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Today, NRDC submitted a 60-day notice of intent to file suit against the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, challenging the federal government decision not to provide Endangered Species Act protection for the blueback herring,...continued | comments

Pentagon Sees Climate Change as Immediate Security Risk

Peter Lehner
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The Department of Defense released its 2014 Climate Change Adaption Roadmap on Monday, outlining how the U.S. military plans to adapt to the impacts of climate change. For the first time, the Pentagon discusses climate change as an immediate risk--a...continued | comments (1)

Unpacking the Pennsylvania Greenhouse Gas Regulation Implementation Act: Victory for Big Coal or Much Ado About Nothing?

Jackson Morris
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On Wednesday afternoon, just a few hours before it concluded its fall session and scurried out of state capital building in Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill that has since been sent to Governor Corbett. The bill, which had...continued | comments (1)

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