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What's on Your Plate Affects the Planet

Peter Lehner
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The tradition of Meatless Mondays started during World War I, and was revived again during World War II, as a way to conserve resources for our troops. Recognizing the impacts of a meat-based diet is by no means a new...continued | comments (2)

Important Electric Grid Recommendations from the U.S. Department of Energy's New Report

Jennifer Chen
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The Department of Energy (DOE) recently released its first installment of its Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) - a comprehensive report examining how the United States can modernize energy infrastructure to promote economic competitiveness, energy security, and environmental responsibility. This installment...continued

Act Now to Stop Congressional Attack on Clean Water Safeguards

Jon Devine
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This week, the full House of Representatives will likely consider a bill attacking a years-long initiative to protect waterways that we use as sources of drinking water, swim in, fish from, and boat on. Sponsors of this bill (H.R. 1732)...continued | comments

Bill Would Prevent Wildlife Services and Others from Cruel Trapping on Refuge Land

Elly Pepper
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Pennsylvania's John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge (C) Bill Buchanan/FWS When you hear the term "National Wildlife Refuge," what comes to mind? I automatically think of the wildlife I see when visiting the refuges in my home state of Maine--especially...continued | comments

New California program is on a mission to reduce toxic chemicals in our everyday products

Veena Singla

We've all probably heard about the problem of toxic chemicals in everything from baby sippy cups to kid's jewelry to pajamas to hair straighteners. While the problem of hazardous chemicals in our everyday products seems quite large, attempts to address...continued | comments

Colorado Senate Plays Politics with Clean Air; Up to the House Protect Colorado's Environment

Noah Long
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First the bad news: SB 258 passed the Colorado Senate. This bill would undermine the well-established process that has provided certainty to Colorado businesses for decades, replacing that process with political theater, and putting the state's ability to determine its...continued

As Temperatures Spike, Ahmedabad's Proactive Heat Action Plan Expands

Kim Knowlton
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Co-authored by Meredith Connolly, NRDC Energy Law and Policy Fellow; and Kim Knowlton, Senior Scientist and NRDC Science Center Deputy Director Hospital superintendents like Dr. R S Shah at Ahmedabad's Smt. Shardaben General Hospital are preparing their medical staff for...continued | comments

A Case for Non-Chemical Stressors

Kristi Pullen
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Imagine for a moment that you have two, Wile E. Coyote-style detonator boxes attached to a single bundle of TNT. One detonator box has one weight pushing the handle down while the other has six. Which box do you think...continued | comments

New Senate Bill Would Repeal Clean Water Act

Jon Devine
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Imagine you're a United States Senator and you aren't much of a fan of the Clean Water Act, notwithstanding the fact that it has been a tremendously successful and wildly popular law for more than 40 years. If you wanted...continued | comments (4)

Los Angeles Launches #BioDiversifyLA to Protect Region's Rare Biodiversity

Damon Nagami
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(Photo credit: Office of Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz, CD-5) How did you celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday? I rang in the 45th anniversary of our planetary celebration in a sunny corner of Los Angeles City Hall's native...continued | comments

NRDC Tells Regulators and Lawmakers in Lansing that Clean Energy Helps the Poorest and Most Vulnerable

Patrick Kenneally
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The disproportionate impact energy has on the poorest and most vulnerable in Michigan is often overlooked. NRDC and the Michigan League of Public Policy sponsored an event in Lansing that highlighted this topic. Participants in the event included Paul Smith,...continued | comments

California Drought and the Avocado Estates

Ed Osann
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Photo: Santa Fe Irrigation District in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. Courtesy MapQuest California regulators are moving with commendable speed to implement Governor Brown's latest Executive Order directing a 25% reduction in urban water use. A first and second version of...continued | comments

China's National Coal Cap Policy Could Save Nearly 50,000 Lives and $6.2 billion Every Year by 2020

Barbara Finamore
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China's proposed national policies to curb coal use will provide enormous air quality and health benefits to the public and coal industry workers, saving 49,000 lives and $6.2 billion in 2020, according to a new study (Chinese version here) released...continued | comments

Latin America Green News: Vaquita Marina sighting, Uruguay boosting renewables, illegal logging in Colombia

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. April 18th - April 24th, 2015 Climate Change Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) Minister Juan José Guerra Abud agreed with United...continued | comments

Feds to GE: You're Still on the Hook for Toxic PCBs in Hudson River Fish

Daniel Raichel
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A new report released yesterday by two federal agencies (U.S. Fish and Wildlife and NOAA) and the State of New York highlights a fact the General Electric Corporation has been trying to downplay for years--namely, that GE must pay for...continued | comments

Fashion Revolution Day 2015

Linda Greer
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Today around the world, we are commemorating the tragedy at Rana Plaza, Bangladesh, where over 1,000 garment workers lost their lives after the building where they worked collapsed around them. Fashion Revolution Day was created to remind us of that...continued | comments

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