About this Site
Welcome to Switchboard, the NRDC blog. On Switchboard, you'll find thought-provoking, humorous, inspiring and impassioned commentary on today's most pressing environmental issues, from some of the most respected people in the business -- NRDC's expert cadre of scientists, lawyers, policy analysts, media hounds and other specialists.
NRDC's bloggers are the people who work in the trenches every day to solve the biggest and toughest environmental problems facing the planet. On Switchboard, you can find out what our experts have on their minds -- what they're reading, who they're talking to, and what they think about the news of the day. And you can participate in the conversation by contributing your own thoughts, opinions and ideas.
Whether you're most passionate about solving global warming, reviving the world's oceans, living green, saving wildlife or another environmental issue, you'll find a place to connect on Switchboard. Plug in.
Blog content reflects the ideas and opinions of each staff blogger and does not necessarily reflect an official NRDC stance.
NRDC, the Natural Resources Defense Council, is a nonprofit organization of scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists dedicated to protecting public health and the environment. Founded in 1970, NRDC is supported by 1.4 million members and online activists, served from offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Beijing. Find out more about NRDC.
Using the Site
Switchboard is a group blog featuring posts from multiple NRDC staff members. The Switchboard homepage features all the most recent posts. You can view all posts from a particular blogger by clicking on his or her name; view posts by broad issue topics, such as "Solving Global Warming"; or by tag. Tags are descriptive terms that bloggers use to describe their posts. Switchboard's tag cloud gives you an at-a-glance sense of the blog's most popular topics. The size of the tag's text indicates the number of stories on that particular topic -- larger text indicates a popular topic.
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