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The Year in Climate Action

Peter Lehner
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Climate change continued to hit home this year in communities across the country. Record-breaking drought, fires and storms threatened people from California to Florida. And reports from the world’s leading scientists confirmed once again that fossil fuel pollution is...continued

Lessons Learned from the Frontlines of the Climate Fight

Frances Beinecke
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I started fighting climate change almost 20 years ago. Back then it was a topic largely for environmentalists and scientists. Today, seven in every ten Americans understand it’s a problem. Business leaders, social justice groups, farmers and ranchers, doctors and...continued

What might the future look like if we took climate change seriously?

Merrian Borgeson
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A new analysis lays out several detailed “pathways” to a low-carbon future for the United States, and offers practical guidance for policy makers. The bottom line finding is that there are multiple ways we can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions,...continued

2014 Meant More Renewables In More Places For Less Money: The Year In Review

Nathanael Greene
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Another in NRDC's Year-End Series Reviewing 2014 Clean Energy Developments   This year, the already good news about renewable energy in the United States got even better: Wind and solar power cost less than ever before and are being used...continued

Success Story from Vibrant Gujarat: Evaluating Ahmedabad's Heat Action Plan

Anjali Jaiswal
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Guest blog by Nehmat Kaur, NRDC India Representative Located in the hot and urbanizing northwestern corner of India, the state of Gujarat is abuzz with anticipation for the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat 2015 Summit that will be held in January. Vibrant...continued

California Energy Efficiency Coalition Offers First Set of Recommendations for New Program Planning Model

Lara Ettenson
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Nearly twenty diverse groups interested in energy efficiency—including consumer and social justice advocates, utilities, local governments, environmental groups, and efficiency program implementers—have been working over the past year to develop recommendations for how the California Public Utilities Commission should transition...continued

Progress Despite Politics: Ohio's Energy Future Tour Launches in Cleveland

Samantha Williams
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Photo: Mr.TinDC on Flickr, under Creative Commons licensing. Ohio’s Energy Future Tour, a statewide series of forums for Ohioans to discuss the positive economic and health impact of clean energy in their lives and communities, kicked off Monday at...continued

Latin America Green News: Peru's highest deforestation levels in a decade, a win for Mexico's energy transition law, big boost to Chile's renewable energy market

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. December 12th – December 18th Latin America Green News will be taking a break for the holidays and will resume in January....continued

Clean Water Delayed is Clean Water Denied: After a Decades-Long Dodge, EPA Must Update Polluted Runoff Rules

Larry Levine
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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… No, make that Washington, DC, in the year 1987.  (Perhaps that is another galaxy.  But that’s a topic for another blog.)  Way back then—more than a quarter-century ago—Congress passed a...continued

Historic Victory for Public Health as Governor Cuomo Bans Fracking in New York

Kate Sinding
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As most of the world now knows, yesterday Governor Cuomo made the incredibly bold and principled decision to ban fracking in New York State.  For those of us who have been working so hard over the past almost seven years...continued

NYC Can't Recycle Polystyrene Foam Food Containers; Ban is Only Sensible Solution

Eric Goldstein
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No reliable economic market exists for recycling New York City’s environmentally problematic polystyrene foam (commonly referred to by the brand name “Styrofoam”) food and beverage containers, according to a new analysis prepared by independent consultants for Natural Resources Defense Council....continued

How a Broken Evaluation System Hampers California's Efforts to Scale Up Efficiency

Christa Heavey
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California’s method of evaluating energy efficiency programs needs fixing because it hinders efforts to help Californians save more energy and the state’s progress on its climate goals. With some concerted effort, this broken system can be repaired. When utilities and...continued

Look beyond the Headlines: New Study Actually Supports EVs as Cleaner than Gasoline

Luke Tonachel
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Reading beyond the headlines, a new study by researchers at the University of Minnesota actually supports what most studies have shown: electric vehicles (EVs) can substantially reduce carbon and smog forming pollution. So why the confusion? The media headlines, unfortunately,...continued

Governor Cuomo Protects New York State from Reckless Fracking

Frances Beinecke
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In a major victory for people’s health and local communities, Governor Cuomo has banned fracking for oil and gas in New York State. The governor based this decision on sound science and thorough review, refusing to buckle under pressure from...continued

Wind and Solar Power: Transforming the Grid with Clean Energy - Reliably - Every Day

John Moore
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Despite years of successful experience, dozens of studies, and increasing utility support for clean energy, urban myth holds that electricity from renewable energy is unreliable. Yet over 75,000 megawatts (MW) of wind and solar power have been integrated, reliably, into...continued

A Report on Energy Efficiency at America's Utilities

Ralph Cavanagh
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Part of NRDC’s Year-End Series Reviewing 2014 Clean Energy Developments America’s utilities have become the most important investors in smarter energy use, helping all of us reduce our bills, and NRDC’s advocacy over the past year helped achieve major gains...continued

EPA damns itself with faint praise in response to Inspector General's Gulf Dead Zone report

Ann Alexander
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You may recall, if you follow these things, that the EPA Office of the Inspector General—EPA’s independent internal watchdog—issued a report in September criticizing EPA’s hands-off approach toward  addressing the nation’s algae pollution crisis.  The Inspector General provided data...continued

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