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Training Building Efficiency Experts to Advance Energy Saving Codes in India

Ariel Cooper
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Guest Blog by NRDC's Hannah Girardeau & Bhaskar Deol The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) recently hosted a reception in Delhi to recognize the latest class of Energy...continued | comments

Climate Change and Gender: Addressing Heat-Related Health Impacts on Women in India

Anjali Jaiswal
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Guest Blog Post by Amee Raval, NRDC India Climate Intern With 2014 officially being the hottest year on record, the conversation on building resilience in the communities most vulnerable to climate change has become particularly important for governments across the...continued | comments

California sets strong public health goal for toxic rocket-fuel chemical in drinking water

Avinash Kar
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There is good news for public health in California today: the state is tackling rocket-fuel chemicals in drinking water. Today's action sets an updated and strong public health goal for the chemical perchlorate, which was used by facilities that produced,...continued | comments

Soils Support Urban Life

Claire O'Connor
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I grew up about as rural as you can get. My closest neighbors lived a half a mile away from me, and my road dead ended within a quarter of a mile from my house. When it was time for...continued | comments

Monarch butterflies can't wait another year - EPA needs to act now

Sylvia Fallon
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Last year NRDC filed a petition with EPA asking them to review the use of glyphosate (also known as Roundup) in light of its effects on monarch butterflies and to impose restrictions on its use. After more than a year,...continued | comments (1)

California moves forward to limit toxic perchlorate contamination - EPA still overdue

Jennifer Sass
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California is taking a big leap forward on the path to making the tap water of its residents safer than ever by setting a new public health goal (PHG) for perchlorate - a toxic water contaminant - of 1 part...continued | comments

China's Coal Use and Estimated CO2 Emissions Fell in 2014

Barbara Finamore
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[Backyard in Datong with coal/Peter Van den Bossche] Good news! China's coal consumption fell by 2.9 percent in 2014, the first drop in 14 years, according to official Chinese energy statistics released yesterday. Glen Peters of the Global Carbon...continued | comments

Commending Fannie Mae for innovation... in energy efficiency!

Philip Henderson
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Some people might be surprised to learn that Fannie Mae -- a company that purchases mortgage loans and sells mortgage-backed securities -- is an innovator in energy efficiency. Its new policy to offer a discount on loans for more efficient...continued | comments

New York REV Order Poised to Deliver More Clean Energy, a Stronger Grid & Lower Bills for New Yorkers

Kit Kennedy
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This blog post was co-written with my NRDC colleagues Raya Salter, Senior Attorney, Energy and Equity, and Jackson Morris, Director, Eastern Energy, who are NRDC's leads in the REV proceeding Yesterday, the New York Public Service Commission, which regulates New...continued | comments (1)

The Heritage Foundation's "CPP analysis": the old two-tricks-in-one move

Laurie Johnson
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Earlier this month, the polluter-backed Heritage Foundation "think tank" (I like to call it the Inheritance Foundation) released a rehash of a March 2014 analysis, an anti-regulatory "study" against the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) historic first-ever proposed carbon pollution standard...continued | comments

McDonalds' new CEO could help humans win the war against antibiotic resistant bacteria

Jonathan Kaplan
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McDonalds' freshly appointed CEO, Steve Easterbrook, starts his new job on Monday. His appointment comes at a time when the golden arches are sagging. Sales are down and according to Fortune magazine, "the company faces one heck of an identity...continued | comments

NERA/NAM's rehashed ozone standard analysis: still crazy

Laurie Johnson
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Last July, the consulting firm that regularly does polluters' dirty bidding, National Economic Research Associates (NERA), released an anti-regulatory study for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) against the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed ozone standard. In that study, they assumed...continued | comments

'New' IHS report dusts off old and inaccurate industry talking points about Keystone XL

Anthony Swift

Earlier this week IHS - an oil industry funded research consultancy - released another in a long line of reports promoting the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The report makes a number of outlandish and unsubstantiated claims about...continued | comments (2)

Let's not shoot the Monarch messenger: Butterflies (and critters) of all kinds need our help

Sylvia Fallon
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A recent opinion piece by Daniel Rubinoff argued that efforts to save the declining monarch butterfly in the US are misplaced. Chief among Rubinoff's arguments is that other species of butterflies, moths and spiders are in more critical condition and...continued | comments (1)

Refocusing on the Bus

Deron Lovaas
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Bus riders comprise 50% of all transit riders, and they outnumber the number of heavy rail, light rail, commuter bus, and trolley riders combined. Yet attention to bus service pales in comparison to that offered to light rail. Given the...continued | comments (3)

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