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The People's Climate March: Join Us on September 21 to Make History

Peter Lehner
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An old friend recently got in touch to let me know he’ll be joining me at the People's Climate March in New York City this weekend. He’s coming from pretty far out of town, and he’s not the type some...continued | comments

Leaders Can and Must Rise to the Challenge to Confront Climate Change

Jake Schmidt
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Next week over 125 Heads of Government will convene in New York City to outline actions that they are prepared to take now and in the future to address climate change. This isn’t the first time that leaders have engaged...continued | comments

The Value of the Leaders' Climate Summit at the UN

Brendan Guy
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Many commentators have questioned the value of the leaders' Climate Summit on Tuesday at the United Nations. And if the meeting were a regular talkfest, I might be inclined to as well. But it’s not. This Summit is different.  The...continued | comments

Join the People's Climate March for Action at Home and Abroad

David Doniger
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This Sunday, I’ll be marching in the People’s Climate March in New York City with hundreds of thousands of other Americans and people from around the world. Our message is simple: For the sake of our children and grandchildren, our...continued | comments

Zombie Highway Projects

Deron Lovaas
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Jeff Inglis and Phineas Baxandall have co-authored a new PIRG report about “highway boondoggles” in which they profile 11 large road projects costing about $13 billion. These are projects long contemplated on paper, as part of long-range transportation plans assembled...continued | comments

Forecast for UN Climate Summit in New York: Cloudy with Commitments

Jacob Scherr
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Mark Bittman’s recent  New York Times OpEd  “Let’s Reject the ‘Inevitable’” deserves the attention it is receiving.  While agreeing with him on the critical importance of the People’s Climate March planned for Sunday and the call for rapid transformative change to deal with the climate crisis,...continued | comments

Marching to Make the Urgency for Climate Action Clear

Susan Casey-Lefkowitz
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  Climate change is no longer a far-off peril, it’s here and now. From Hurricane Sandy on the U.S. east coast to the horrific Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, from rising seas to widespread droughts, wildfires, floods and famine,...continued | comments (1)

Canada lags the United States on climate and clean energy

Anthony Swift
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As world leaders meet in New York for the United Nations Climate Summit next week, it is becoming all too clear how the paths taken by Canada and the United States have diverged in recent years. A backgrounder released by NRDC...continued | comments (1)

Breaking Down the President's Plan on Combating Antibiotic Resistance

Mae Wu
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Today, the President announced some initiatives to deal with antibiotic resistance. The White House released an Executive Order to create a taskforce to develop a national plan. They also released a national strategy for combating antibiotic resistance. And finally, released...continued | comments

An Extreme Congressional Attack on Americans' Right to Breathe Healthy Air

John Walke
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Some conservative members of the Senate and House of Representatives introduced legislation this week bent on abolishing the 44-year-old health foundation for the Clean Air Act and eliminating Americans’ right to breathe safe air. Senator John Thune (R-SD) co-sponsored the...continued | comments

Scientists Offer Up Climate Solutions

Pamela Rivera
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Today, the Miami Herald reported on a new letter by "42 scientists from Florida colleges and universities...asking the governor and state policy leaders to convene a 'Climate Science & Solutions Summit' to be held this fall to come up with...continued | comments (2)

CEC calls for investigation into authorization of coastal projects in Gulf of California

Carolina Herrera
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In a move that could help strengthen environmental governance in Mexico, the Secretariat of the North American Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC)** has called for an investigation into whether key regulations have been effectively enforced during the review and authorization...continued | comments

The Big Kahuna: DOE Proposes Rule for Commercial Air Conditioners that Offers Biggest Potential Savings Yet

Meg Waltner
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The White House announced a number of commitments to energy efficiency this morning, not the least of which is a proposed energy efficiency standard for rooftop air conditioners that could produce the largest electricity savings under any U.S. appliance efficiency...continued | comments

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 (1)

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 (1)

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