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Get dirty so we can keep Earth clean

Evan Feeney
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Cartoons don’t rot kids’ brains; cartoons with no message rot kids’ brains. Shows like Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender (of which I have watched the entire series… twice) and Legend of Kora actually have a pretty good message: the Earth...continued | comments

Revival in the face of drought: The return of spring run Chinook salmon to the San Joaquin River

Monty Schmitt
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  Despite California’s drought, today the San Joaquin River Restoration Program (SJRRP) is releasing 54,000 juvenile spring-run Chinook salmon into the San Joaquin River. This marks the first time in 60 years that spring-run Chinook will make the journey from...continued | comments

City growth outpaces that of suburbs: new data

Kaid Benfield
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  New data confirm that central cities continue to grow faster than their suburbs.  This still relatively new trend reverses a century of just the opposite, when city dwellers fled to suburbs and sprawl ate up the countryside.  Not that...continued | comments (1)

Forging a New Global Partnership with Cities: Reflections from World Urban Forum

John Romano
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Last week, I joined thousands of city leaders from all around the world in Medellín, Colombia for the UN’s premiere showcase event for sustainable cities – the World Urban Forum. With the theme of “Urban Equity in Development – Cities...continued | comments

Eight Energy-Saving Ways to Make Every Day Earth Day

Noah Horowitz
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With Earth Day 2014 fast approaching (Tuesday, April 22), the 44th birthday of the modern environmental movement provides a great opportunity to take small, easy steps to shrink your carbon footprint at home and put money back into your pocket...continued

Nobel Peace Prize Laureates urge Obama to make the right choice and reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Susan Casey-Lefkowitz
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As the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline nears the end of its national interest determination process, ten Nobel Peace Prize laureates are urging President Obama to deny the project, citing the moral imperative of protecting some of the world’s most...continued | comments (10)

India's Renewable Energy Efforts Poised for Resurgence

Anjali Jaiswal
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National elections are underway and dominating headlines and conversations across India. In parallel, the timely release of the second new consensus report from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) documenting the impacts of climate change, has confirmed again...continued | comments

EPA Gets Started on Curbing Heat-Trapping Methane from Oil and Gas Operations

David Doniger
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This post written with Meleah Geertsma and Vignesh Gowrishankar Today the Environmental Protection Agency took the first step promised under President Obama’s Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, released last month.  EPA issued a set of white papers examining five big...continued | comments

Paperwork Reductions or Life-Saving Standards?

Scott Slesinger
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EPA priorities: Does this make sense to anyone? Appropriators and the Administration need to decide what is more important -- health and the environment or paperwork reduction. The hazardous waste industry has been working over a decade to replace its...continued | comments

Study: Weather-Related Blackouts Doubled Since 2003

Theo Spencer
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I think it was either Cheech or Chong who said, “I’m fed up and sick of this.” Well that’s how many people here in the Northeast where I live feel about power outages caused by storms. If people are sick...continued | comments (1)

Check out our ad in today's London Financial Times thanking Rio Tinto for leaving the Pebble Mine!

Taryn Kiekow Heimer
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Global mining giant Rio Tinto announced last week that it will divest its entire stake in the controversial Pebble Mine by gifting its shares to two Alaskan charitable foundations.  NRDC ran this full-page ad in today’s London Financial Times thanking...continued | comments

Q&A with Mihir Jagdish Save: Efficiency Best Practices from Godrej Bhavan's Operations and Engineering Expert

Anjali Jaiswal
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Q&A with Mihir Jagdish Save Efficiency Best Practices from Godrej Bhavan’s Operations and Engineering Expert  Mr. Mihir Jagdish Save is Regional Manager – India & Asia Pacific of Godrej Green Building Consultancy Services. He helped lead the energy efficiency retrofit...continued | comments (2)

Let's Avoid Living Dangerously

Theo Spencer
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The Showtime documentary series that began airing last night, “Years of Living Dangerously,” is a powerful reminder of why we need to act now to address climate change. More hurricanes, floods, droughts, intense storms, food scarcity—it’s all there in detail. ...continued | comments (1)

"Healthy 'Hoods, Not Toxic Hotspots" in L.A.

Ramya Sivasubramanian
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Calling for justice and no more toxic pollution, people from across L.A. rallied outside the Exide Technologies facility in Vernon, CA today to support "healthy ‘hoods, not toxic hotspots" in the communities where they live, work, learn, and play. ...continued | comments

Latin America Green News: green tax in Chile, blue carbon in Costa Rica, transparent processes requested for Cabo Dorado in Mexico

Denée Reaves
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Latin America Green News is a selection of weekly news highlights about environmental and energy issues in Latin America. April 6th-12th, 2014 Chile A new study by Chile’s Ministry of Energy and the German Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH assessed...continued | comments

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