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How Businesses Can Better Protect Outdoor Workers, and Other Lessons from India's Historic Heat Wave

Ariel Cooper
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Increasingly erratic, extreme temperatures attributed to climate change have a devastating effect on health, and can often disproportionately impact vulnerable populations. The Ahmedabad Heat Action Plan has been gaining national and international attention as an effective early warning system and...continued | comments

Sustainable Finance Solutions to Meet India's Ambitious Clean Energy Targets

Sameer Kwatra
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Co-authored with Bhaskar Deol, NRDC India Representative in New Delhi Under Prime Minister Modi's leadership, ­India has redoubled its efforts to ensure smart growth and combat climate change by significantly increasing renewable energy generation capacity. India plans to increase capacity...continued | comments

Worth Their Salt: How Clean Energy is Powering a Breakthrough Opportunity for Saltpan Farmers in Gujarat's Desert - Part 2

Sameer Kwatra
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In this second part of the energy access blog series, we discuss latest developments and financing opportunities for replacing diesel pumps with solar-powered water pumps to harvest salt in India. Part 1 on my colleague Anjali Jaiswal's blog highlights the...continued | comments

The Arctic: The Next Frontier for Iceland's Illegal Whaling?

Taryn Kiekow Heimer
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Iceland's whaling season is in full swing, with 100 (and counting) endangered fin whales slaughtered in violation of the International Whaling Commission's moratorium against commercial whaling. That's old news--I've blogged repeatedly about Iceland's renegade whaling. Bur for the first time,...continued | comments

INDIA GREEN NEWS: India's INDCs in Final Stage; Sustainable Development Possible Along with Greenhouse Gas Cuts; Plans Approved for 'Solar Cities'

Ariel Cooper
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India Green News is a selection of news highlights about environmental and energy issues in India. Week of August 21-28, 2015 CLIMATE CHANGE Sustainable development possible along with greenhouse gas cuts: study New Delhi: India can improve sustainable development metrics...continued | comments

Yes, California Can Cut Our Need for Petroleum in Half by 2030. Here's How.

Simon Mui
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Senate Pro Tem Kevin De León and Governor Jerry Brown, together with a host of other state leaders, have made cutting the state's need for petroleum in half, expanding renewables, and increasing building efficiency core priorities. In doing so, they...continued | comments (4)

Opposition Poll Still Shows Californians Overwhelmingly Support New Clean Energy Targets in SB 350

Alex Jackson
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More than two-dozen California companies this week added their support to California's Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015 (SB 350, De León and Leno), which would establish long-term clean energy targets to reduce our dependence on petroleum, grow...continued

How a California State Agency Is Dropping the Ball on Water Efficiency During an Epic Drought

Tracy Quinn

Earlier this week, a state agency tasked with revising green building codes that aim to ensure new buildings are water and energy efficient presented proposals for new code language to a green code advisory committee. The proposals not only fell...continued | comments

Elevated Indoor Air Pollution Levels During NDTV Breathe Clean Conclave in New Delhi

Anjali Jaiswal
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Guest blog by Nehmat Kaur, NRDC India Representative in New Delhi NDTV, a popular media house in India, organized a televised experts discussion on ways to address air quality challenges across India earlier this week as part of its "Breathe...continued | comments

Dirty Air Campaign Opposing Safe Air for Americans Founded on Falsehoods

John Walke

Lobbyists for polluting industry and their political allies are increasingly resorting to misrepresentation and fear mongering to oppose national health standards that deliver on the law's guarantee of safe air for all Americans. I follow yesterday's post by continuing to...continued | comments

Clean Water Rule Litigation Update: Let's All Just Take a Breath

Jon Devine
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If you're following the legal fallout from the Obama Administration's finalization of its initiative to protect critical streams and wetlands - called the Clean Water Rule - you were probably on the lookout for action this week. (And, you're a...continued | comments (3)

Time for Presidential Leadership in the Arctic

Rhea Suh
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President Obama's upcoming trip to Alaska offers a chance to stand strong on climate -- and protect one of Earth's last ocean frontiers. President Obama travels to Alaska on Monday, kicking off a three-day visit meant to spotlight warming temperatures,...continued | comments (1)

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 (2)

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

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