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UN Climate Summit Will Be a Time of Reckoning

Frances Beinecke
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Next week President Obama will attend the United Nations Climate Summit in New York. Over 125 heads of government will gather for the event, more than the 2009 climate talks in Copenhagen. This summit is not designed to generate a...continued | comments

An Unprecedented Opportunity to Protect Two-Thirds of the World's Oceans

Frances Beinecke
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I started working to protect the oceans soon after I joined NRDC four decades ago. Over the years, I have witnessed devastating setbacks like the Exxon Valdez and BP oil spills. I have also welcomed promising developments, such as the...continued | comments (2)

A One-Two Punch to Curb Powerful Climate Pollutants -- Carbon Dioxide from the Power Sector and Methane from the Oil and Gas Industry

David Doniger
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EPA’s groundbreaking carbon pollution standards for the nation’s existing power plants, proposed last June, represent the most significant action our country has ever taken to tackle the pollution that drives climate change. NRDC is preparing detailed comments to submit this...continued | comments

Building Bridges: Climate & Food Justice in New York and Puerto Rico

Paulina Muratore
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In just three days, the largest, most impactful climate march in history will take place here in NYC. The future of our planet’s health depends on groups and people from all walks of life banding together, and saying in unison,...continued | comments

Climate Week Focus on Energy Efficiency for All New Yorkers

Raya Salter
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Climate week is finally here! While climate change is surely the most global environmental challenge there is, since we’ve got the Climate March and Climate Summit right here in New York City NRDC is also focusing on the “act local”...continued | comments

Unique and endangered: Why we need to protect the Gulf of Mexico's Bryde's whales now

Sylvia Fallon
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Until recently, scientists recognized just two subspecies of Bryde’s whales (pronounced Broo-dus) worldwide  – the Eden form and the Bryde’s form. The 30- to 50-feet baleen whales (the kind that filter food like plankton and krill through tiny hairs in...continued | comments

NRDC Petitions to List Endangered Gulf Whale

Michael Jasny
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 Under the definition of “in harm’s way,” there should be a photo of the Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s (pronounced BROO-dus) whale. This forty-foot whale—cousin to blues and humpbacks, and the only great whale known to reside in the Gulf—is in desperate...continued | comments

Valero's Promise to Benicia: We'll only have an environmental disaster once every 111 years.

Diane Bailey
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Actually, that’s kind of worrisome, especially considering that if you don’t experience that disaster yourself, your kids probably will.  This is one of the many absurd elements showing Valero’s cavalier attitude toward public safety in the draft Environmental Impact Report...continued | comments (1)

Neonicotinoid pesticides - bad for bees, and may be bad for people too

Jennifer Sass
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While public attention has recently focused on the threat to honey bees and bumble bees from neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides, there is growing evidence that another species may be a risk from these pervasive chemicals—humans. Many scientists now say that exposure...continued | comments

California Legislative Session Ends with Big Wins for Our Health and Environment

Victoria Rome
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As the gavel fell on the California state legislative session, NRDC and our partners celebrated breakthroughs on policies we’ve been advocating for years. Our state leaders finished strong for the environment sending numerous bills to Governor Brown that will clean...continued | comments

Faulty Gas Wells Contaminated Drinking Water in Pennsylvania and Texas

Briana Mordick
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A new scientific study concluded that poorly constructed wells are to blame for groups of methane-contaminated drinking water wells overlying the Marcellus and Barnett shale gas plays. This adds to a growing body of research showing that oil and gas...continued | comments (1)

As We Get Set for Climate Week in the Big Apple, NYC Can Demonstrate Strong Leadership on Energy and Climate

Donna DeCostanzo
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Climate Week is coming up next week here in the Big Apple, which is great news! The international forum draws world attention to the critical issue of climate change. It also highlights what we New Yorkers can do in our...continued | comments

More scientific evidence of risks to wildlife from oil and gas development

Amy Mall
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I've blogged before about the risks to wildlife from oil and gas development. For example, declining mule deer herds in Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah. The latest science now documents the impacts on another species--elk--from natural gas operations. Scientists compared data on elk...continued | comments

Three things we need to stop the downward spiral with antibiotics

Mae Wu
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At dinner the other night, my four-year old son was listening to my husband and me talk about my day at work. He asked what we were talking about, and I explained that there are people who want to feed...continued | comments (2)

Get Happy: Good News about Solar

Nathanael Greene
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There’s some pretty happy-making news out in today from the federal government. The price of solar is down while installations continue to soar. There are more jobs building solar systems and more solar systems out there cleaning up our air....continued | comments

Report: Customers in 13 Mid-Atlantic States & DC Could Miss Out on as much as $1.3 Billion in Electric Bill Savings

Allison Clements
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Electric customers in the Mid-Atlantic region may be missing out on $433 million in annual utility bill savings over the next three years – as much as $1.3 billion** – because their transmission grid operator seems to be undercounting the...continued | comments

The future of fires: what's missing from the SCC?

Laurie Johnson
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 This blog was originally published at the Cost of Carbon Pollution project here. The 2014 wildfire season is not yet over, but in some regions it is already one of the most destructive ever. Fires continue to rage in many...continued | comments

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