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NRDC's Initial Take on EPA's New Ideas that Could Strengthen or Weaken the Clean Power Plan's Carbon Pollution Limits

David Doniger
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This summer and fall the EPA has continued its marathon stakeholder outreach and listening process on its Clean Power Plan to clean up dangerous carbon pollution. The supplemental notice and new ideas that EPA issued for public comment on October...continued

A New Flank in China's War on Pollution? Controlling Emissions from Ports and Shipping

Barbara Finamore
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As President Obama and other Asia-Pacific leaders gather in Beijing for the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, climate change and air pollution will undoubtedly be on the agenda. This summit therefore provides an important opportunity for these leaders to address...continued | comments

Report Shows Minimal Energy Development Potential in Prime Greater Sage Grouse Habitat in the West

Amanda Jahshan
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  A new report shows minimal energy development potential in prime Greater Sage Grouse habitat in the West. The report was commissioned by Western Values Project and conducted by Western EcoSystems Technology (WEST). In fact, according to the report, 73-81%...continued | comments

Tar Sands Train to Ruin: How tar sands producer Southern Pacific Resources is going broke on shipping tar sands by rail

Anthony Swift
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This blog was co-written with Lorne Stockman, Research Director at Oil Change International In the summer of 2012, advocates of Keystone XL hailed Southern Pacific Resources’ announcement that it had signed a five-year contract to bypass pipeline bottlenecks and...continued | comments

Proven Pathways to Clean up China's Ports, a Major Source of China's Air Pollution Problem

David Pettit
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For twelve years, NRDC has been working with the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to clean up the pollution that comes from ships, trucks and trains that serve those ports.  As a result, diesel particulate pollution in the...continued | comments

New Study Reveals Computer Insomnia, and Higher Energy Costs and Pollution than Previously Estimated

Pierre Delforge
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A new study just released by the California Energy Commission defies the conventional assumption that computers spend approximately half of their time switched on and the other half either in “sleep mode” using very little electricity or turned off altogether. This...continued | comments

Fact, Not Fiction: Floridians Support Action on Carbon Pollution

Pamela Rivera
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On Wednesday, a group called "Partnership for a Better Energy Future," released a poll purporting to show that a "plurality of voters (47 percent) oppose" the EPA's Clean Power Plan.  At first glance, those results might seem alarming, until you...continued | comments

Make Your Voices Heard: Vote in the 2014 Elections

Frances Beinecke
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Now is the time of year Americans can exercise our most powerful form of citizen activism. We get to cast our ballots for the leaders of our choice. This is an opportunity not to be squandered, and I urge you...continued | comments (4)

Virginia's Utility Regulatory Staff: Wielding a Nuclear Ax When Toothpicks Would Do

Walton Shepherd
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With Virginia already 80 percent of the way toward meeting its climate pollution reduction target under the proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP), and Governor McAuliffe’s Energy Plan poised to get the state the rest of the way, it’s perplexing that...continued | comments

New guide from ASLA highlights urban green, literally, in Portland

Kaid Benfield
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  As many readers know, I am a huge fan of the American Society of Landscape Architects and their leadership on thoughtful ways to integrate nature into our cities.  It’s easy to take nature for granted when we are in...continued | comments

China Environmental News Alert October 20-26

Greenlaw from NRDC China
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China's coal use falls for first time this century, analysis suggests Guardian (October 22, 2014) The amount of coal burned in the first three-quarters of 2014 was 1-2% lower than a year earlier, according to Greenpeace energy analysts in China. The drop...continued | comments

India's Latest Step Towards Becoming Solar Leader

Anjali Jaiswal
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Co-authored by Meredith Connolly, NRDC Energy Law and Policy Fellow In the midst of celebrating Diwali, the festival of lights, India is making progress in expanding its solar energy market. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is moving...continued | comments

The Zero Food Waste Forum: A Place Where Waste Reduction Magic Happened

Dana Gunders
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This is a guest blog by my new fabulous Program Assistant Ariel Cooper, who attended the Zero Food Waste Forum last week. Hopefully you can all make the next one! Last week people gathered from over 30 states, 6 different...continued | comments (1)

Russian roulette in the shale patch III - Exposure of oil and gas workers to silica sand

Tanja Srebotnjak
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This is part three in a three-part series on the occupational health and safety risks of workers in the booming oil and gas industry. A study of oil and gas workers found unsafe exposures to a contaminant that can cause...continued | comments (1)

Russian roulette in the shale patch II - Oil and gas workers exposed to hazardous chemicals

Tanja Srebotnjak
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This is part two in a three-part series on the occupational health and safety risks of workers in the booming oil and gas industry. The expansion in U.S. oil and gas production due to advances in horizontal drilling techniques and...continued | comments

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