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U.S. Supreme Court Announcement Encouraging for Clean Energy and Our Pocketbooks

Allison Clements
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The U.S. Supreme Court announced today it will review a lower court decision that had erected a major roadblock to using demand response (paying consumers to reduce electricity use at specific times) as a pathway to maintain electric grid reliability,...continued

China Environmental News Alert - May 4, 2015

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April 25 - May 4, 2015 China, Japan, ROK sign 5-year environmental pact | Xinhua China, Japan and the Republic of Korea have adopted an action plan on environmental cooperation for the 2015-2019 period. Chinese Minister of Environmental Protection Chen...continued | comments

Experts Agree: Electric Grid Will Stay Ahead of the Curve on the Clean Power Plan

John Moore
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In a timely new report, three prominent electric grid industry experts refute claims that the president's proposal to cut carbon pollution from power plants will jeopardize electric grid reliability. The authors, Susan Tierney, Eric Svenson, and Brian Parsons, explain...continued | comments (4)

When the GOP Hits the Fan (Plus the Furnace and Light Bulbs)--Efficiency Loses

Elizabeth Noll
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Energy efficiency was a hot topic in Congress this week--and why shouldn't it be? Energy efficiency is delivering enormous value to Americans by creating jobs, lowering utility bills and cutting harmful pollution. But some members of Congress are trying to...continued

New Documents Reveal Serious Corrosion Concerns for Tar Sands Pipelines

Joshua Axelrod
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More evidence has emerged that tar sands pipelines may not be as safe as industry claims. Back in 2010, TransCanada, the company behind the controversial proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, opened a smaller tar sands pipeline to move tar...continued | comments (3)

Canada's Tar Sands Regulations: Uncovered Documents Cast Doubt on Effectiveness, Enforcement

Jennifer Skene
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The strength of Canada's tar sands environmental regulatory regime is facing more scrutiny as a result of documents Greenpeace Canada obtained from the Alberta government's energy regulator. The documents cast light on the Alberta government's response to the death of...continued | comments (4)

Earth to Mitch McConnell: States are already working together to cut carbon--and didn't need your permission

Jackson Morris
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By now, we should all be used to Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) concocting dubious arguments intended to slow our progress in cutting dangerous carbon pollution. But as a native Kentuckian, born and raised on a horse farm in the bluegrass,...continued | comments

Countering the Cynical Messaging around the Clean Power Plan

Katharine McCormick
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Low-income people and those on fixed-incomes could benefit hugely from the Clean Power Plan, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to reduce the dangerous carbon pollution from our nation's power plants. As states develop ways to meet the goals set...continued | comments (1)

This Week in Whales: Dolphins Spend More Energy to Be Heard; Humpbacks No Longer Endangered?; Fishing Gear Traps Whales in PacNW...

Zak Smith
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Dolphins expend extra energy to get heard in noisier waters - A study released last week by NOAA's Northwest Fisheries Science Center and UC Santa Cruz found that dolphins expend extra energy to raise their voices to be heard in...continued | comments

India Announces National Air Quality Index to Increase Public Awareness

Anjali Jaiswal
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Co-authored by Amee Raval, NRDC India Climate Intern, and Ariel Cooper, NRDC India Initiative Program Assistant To protect citizens from air pollution, the Indian government recently launched a National Air Quality Index (AQI) alert system that notifies the public about...continued | comments

Air Quality Awareness Week: What You Don't Know about the Air Quality Index CAN Hurt You

Emily Davis

Happy Air Quality Awareness week! With summer (hopefully) right around the corner, and with it, summertime ozone pollution (commonly referred to as smog), it's a great time to learn a bit more about the air quality where we live, how...continued

NRDC to Defend New York City Ban on Foam Containers from Industry Attack

Eric Goldstein
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Organizations associated with the polystyrene industry today filed a lawsuit in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, challenging New York City's recent prohibition on the use by restaurants and other food establishments of polystyrene foam food and beverage containers. As a...continued | comments

Health Threats from Climate Change: Why I Fight for Clean Energy in Michigan

Rebecca Stanfield

Talking about climate change can quickly devolve into a total nerd fest of numbers, percentages, and energy system modeling. I love the details as much as anyone, but sometimes the focus on data obscures what's most important for me about...continued | comments

Highly hazardous pesticide, chlorpyrifos, doesn't look so bad when I wear my "EPA-Dow AgroSciences" rosy colored safety goggles

Jennifer Sass
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When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its revised human health risk assessment (RHHRA) of the pesticide chlorpyrifos for public comment, it threw children's health under the Agrochemical bus. Unfortunately, it is routine for EPA to rely heavily, and often...continued | comments (1)

Tenant Star: New national branding label for energy efficiency in commercial spaces

Wendy Fok
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Tenant Star, a multi-year effort envisioned by the Real Estate Roundtable's Sustainability Policy Advisory Committee (SPAC) was signed into law by President Obama this afternoon. It is a significant win for the real estate industry as part of the Energy...continued | comments

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