Weather forecasters are saying this summer could deliver above-average temperatures to much of America. If conditions are anything like last year, we could be facing intense heat waves, costly fires, and prolonged drought. This pattern is becoming all too common....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.
The Coast Guard recently wrapped up a hearing about the Shell drill rig that ran aground in December. The rig and its tow vessel were part of Shell’s reckless attempt to drill for oil in the wild and remote Arctic...continued→
With fracking already underway in 30 states and advancing at a breakneck speed, safeguards have not been adequate to protect communities, public health or the environment. I’ve seen the damage from the oil and gas industry’s unfettered advance firsthand. My...continued→
Scientists recently reported that the level of carbon in the atmosphere has passed 400 parts per million. Carbon pollution causes climate change, and many experts believe we need to bring this level down to 350 ppm in order to hold...continued→
When I talk to people who live near fracking operations, they often ask me the same question: “What is this doing to my drinking water?” Homeowners have shown me jugs of water from their kitchen sinks that look like rusty...continued→
As Secretary of State John Kerry headed to the Arctic Council meetings in Kiruna, Sweden this week, he described the way melting ice is altering life in the Arctic. “Our warming planet means the Arctic's ecosystem is experiencing significant, rapid...continued→
Imagine if you had a chance to hold the pen when the boundaries of Yosemite National Park were drawn. Or imagine if you were able to protect mountain goats and big horn sheep by establishing Glacier National Park. In a...continued→
Just two decades ago, most of the Arctic Ocean was covered in ice all year long. But climate change has caused the Arctic to heat up twice as fast as the rest of the planet, and the region is rapidly...continued→
Rolling blackouts plagued India last summer. More than 700 million people were left without power for hours a day. The outages became routine but troublesome. Imagine if you were in the middle of a business meeting when the power cut...continued→
The Arctic is changing rapidly. Rising temperatures are heating the region twice as fast as the rest of the planet, and scientists predict the Arctic will be ice-free in our lifetime. Many Alaska residents are scrambling to adjust. Native Alaskan...continued→
Today is Earth Day and, barring any last-minute change, it's also the final day the public can send the State Department our comments on the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Here's mine: This is a plan to pipe some...continued→
This Saturday marks the third anniversary of the BP blowout that killed 11 men aboard the Deepwater Horizon and sent some 170 million gallons of toxic crude oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, in what President Obama called the...continued→
I arrived in India this week just as temperatures have started to climb. I have experienced my share of blistering heat waves in New York City, but those hot sticky days pale in comparison to summer in Western India. The...continued→
If your child has asthma or if your parent suffers from heart disease or if you are one of the millions of Americans who value clean air, then the Senate confirmation hearing for Gina McCarthy on Thursday will be of...continued→
We applaud the Senate for confirming Sally Jewell as the new Secretary of the Interior. Jewell brings a strong business background and a personal conservation ethic to the position. We look forward to working with her as she undertakes the...continued→
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