A round of international talks on climate change ended with a fizzle over the weekend. The Philippines delegate Naderev Sano made an impassioned plea in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan to end “the climate madness.” And delegates from developing nations walked out...continued→
Frances Beinecke, President of NRDC, New York City
I came to NRDC with a background in environmental studies and a strong desire to help protect the Northeastern forests and wild Western landscapes I loved so much. I started as an intern working to preserve forests through careful land use planning. But when the 1970s oil crisis unleashed a drive to open the Atlantic Ocean to oil and gas drilling, I advocated for stronger safeguards for marine life. I left NRDC for a few years when my three daughters were young, and I came back as the group’s first executive director. In 2006, I became president, and I remain honored and awed to lead this remarkable institution.
And I love my job. First of all, I get to work with some of the best minds in the business. And second, I love that NRDC is all about finding solutions. I am a pragmatic person and an optimist, and I believe that most of the challenges facing the Earth can be solved with the right combination of passion, policy, and technology. With this job, I get to see many of those solutions firsthand--from wind farms off the coast of Denmark to marine reserves around California’s Channel Islands to green buildings in China--and work to bring them to more landscapes and more people.
I traveled to Hong Kong last week and was greeted by a layer of smog. The city’s famous skyline was marred by haze, and the pollution in the air exceeded World Health Organization guidelines four out of the five days...continued→
Nearly every week, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse rises on the Senate floor and delivers an impassioned speech about the need to confront climate change. Wednesday marked his 50th climate address, but he is not stopping there. He will continue beating the...continued→
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that 1 in 20 Americans live within a mile of a fracking site. That means more people than ever before have drill pads, toxic wastewater pits, and heavy truck traffic coming into their backyards...continued→
Posted November 7, 2013 by Frances Beinecke
Several leading climate scientists have embraced nuclear power as the way to lick global climate change and there's a new movie out trying to make the case. We understand the urgency. Climate change is the central environmental ill of our...continued→
One year ago, Superstorm Sandy ripped through the Northeast with unprecedented force. I still remember the harried calls to loved ones, the anxious waiting to hear from friends in harm's way, and the heartbreak for those who lost so much....continued→
I spend my days calling on lawmakers, community leaders, and concerned citizens to address the threat of climate change. Many of these conversations are fruitful, but there are times when field notes and policy blueprints fail to communicate the urgency...continued→
People in Western Australia continue to battle more than 60 wildfires raging across the region. The fires have left unprecedented destruction in their wake, creeping close to Sydney and devouring hundreds of homes. Yet the damage doesn’t end there. Even...continued→
After 16 long days, the government shutdown has finally come to an end. It is relief to know that hundreds of thousands public servants can return to work and that critical programs protecting our health and the environment will fully...continued→
The Beach Haven Elementary School sat shuttered for most of last year. Superstorm Sandy flooded the New Jersey school and severely damaged its floors and ceilings. Students were assigned to classrooms 15 miles away to finish out the year. But this...continued→
When a single record-breaking storm dumped up to 10 inches of rain on Minnesota and Wisconsin last year, it left a path of destruction in its wake. Houses were flooded, roads washed out, and bridges rendered unsafe. Duluth Mayor Don...continued→
Singer and songwriter Carole King lives in the Northern Rockies and has spent years exploring nearby forests and mountain peaks. She loves the region’s rugged beauty, but lately she has begun to fear losing it to a powerful and dangerous...continued→
Nearly 20,000 Americans visit Grand Canyon National Park every day in October, but those who planned to go this week are being turned away at the gate. The Republican-led shutdown of the government means all offices, motels, and businesses in...continued→
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released its latest assessment of what science is telling us about the state of our planet. Researchers are more certain than ever before that humans are causing climate change and that some of...continued→
The entire NRDC family is devastated by the tragic loss of our beloved trustee, Joy Covey. Joy was an extraordinary businesswoman, adventurer, friend, and mother whose passion and intelligence will be sorely missed. Joy didn’t do things in half measure....continued→
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