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Major Clean-Energy Milestone: Construction Begins On First US Offshore Wind Farm, After More than $290 Million In US and EU Financing Is Fully Secured

Doug Sims
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At long last, there's some great, game-changing news out today about offshore wind power in America. The innovative technology, which provides more than 8,000 megawatts of electricity in Europe alone, will soon be moving off of US drawing boards and...continued | comments

Talk of a deal on Keystone XL is foolhardy and presumptuous

Danielle Droitsch
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This blog was co-drafted with Liz Barratt-Brown, NRDC Senior Advisor It seems that when the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is dealt a blow, the talk of a deal in exchange for its going forward picks up a notch....continued | comments

How Much Energy Do Building Energy Codes Really Save?: How to Misuse Statistics

David Goldstein
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Statistical analysis can be a valuable tool for investigating scientific truth, but it is easy to abuse, as Mark Twain pointed out over a century ago when he talked about "lies, damned lies, and statistics". Arik Levinson recently published a...continued

Nonsensical Numbers from Beacon Hill: the Clean Power Plan in Iowa

Katharine McCormick
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Iowa was one of the targets of a transparently awful attack on the Clean Power Plan by Berman and Associates. This aggressive, polluter-funded public relations firm from Washington, DC - led by a guy dubbed "Dr. Evil" by 60 Minutes...continued | comments

Who's to blame for oil waste in Californians' drinking water? Part II

Briana Mordick
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Recently it was revealed that oil and gas operators in California have been granted more than 2500 permits to inject oil and gas wastewater and other fluids into federally protected drinking water aquifers. What do we know about the stuff...continued | comments (1)

Three facts you should know about the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and exports

Anthony Swift
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When he vetoed legislation meant to force approval of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline last week, President Obama noted that the project is designed largely as a way to route Canadian tar sands to the global export...continued | comments (5)

Federal decisions leave Montanans with uncertain future for wild Yellowstone River

Marcus Griswold
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The Yellowstone River serves as an artery of history that dates from the time before the Native Americans through the Lewis and Clark expedition. This river has played an important role in the west long before it was considered wild....continued | comments

Latin America Green News: Renewables up 40% in Mexico last decade, Costa Rica leads pledge to honor human rights, Amazon's largest deforester arrested

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. February 21th - February 27th, 2015 Climate Change During a visit to Paraguay this week Secretary General of the United Nations,...continued | comments

First Public Meeting on Federal Flood Standard

Rob Moore
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On Tuesday my NRDC colleague Joel Scata will be travelling to Ames, Iowa for a public meeting on new flood protection standards that are being implemented for all federal government agencies. The new standards were set forth in an executive...continued | comments

Who is behind Dr. Evil's Western Attacks?

Noah Long
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My colleagues Aliya Haq and Laurie Johnson recently exposed the new hack-job attacks on the Clean Power Plan by Berman and Associates, an aggressive, polluter-funded public relations firm based in Washington, DC. Berman's 'study' (really a gross attempt at stacking...continued | comments (2)

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 (10)

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