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Nobel Peace Prize Laureates urge Obama to make the right choice and reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Posted April 16, 2014 by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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As the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline nears the end of its national interest determination process, ten Nobel Peace Prize laureates are urging President Obama to deny the project, citing the moral imperative of protecting some of the world’s most...continued

Paperwork Reductions or Life-Saving Standards?

Posted April 15, 2014 by Scott Slesinger in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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EPA priorities: Does this make sense to anyone? Appropriators and the Administration need to decide what is more important -- health and the environment or paperwork reduction. The hazardous waste industry has been working over a decade to replace its...continued

"Healthy 'Hoods, Not Toxic Hotspots" in L.A.

Posted April 14, 2014 by Ramya Sivasubramanian in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment

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Calling for justice and no more toxic pollution, people from across L.A. rallied outside the Exide Technologies facility in Vernon, CA today to support "healthy ‘hoods, not toxic hotspots" in the communities where they live, work, learn, and play. ...continued

Floodwaters are gone but not forgotten: lessons learned from Sandy

Posted April 8, 2014 by Kim Knowlton in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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There’s a lot in the news about climate change and how it’s affecting communities today. There’s a new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – also called the IPCC – report that details the effects of climate change on human and natural...continued

When the Oil and Rail Industries Work Together to Put Profits Over Public Safety

Posted April 4, 2014 by Diane Bailey in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil

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One thing about these industries - when the oil and rail barons get together, tidy profits are sure to be made.  But at whose expense?  And if the latest mile long oil by rail collaboration has nothing to hide, why...continued

LA City overwhelmingly supports adoption of Zero Waste plan for apartment and commercial buildings

Posted April 3, 2014 by Linda Escalante in Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably

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All change is local.  Earlier this week, the City Council of Los Angeles voted to transform the waste hauling system for apartment and commercial buildings and set the second largest city in the nation on a path towards achieving sustainability...continued

LA's Little Tokyo strengthens its identity by planning a "cultural eco-district" (written with Thomas Yee)

Posted April 3, 2014 by Kaid Benfield in Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably

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  The Little Tokyo neighborhood in Los Angeles is one of the country’s most important Asian-American communities.  Comprising roughly five large city blocks, it has been maintained over the generations with ups and downs – including substantial depletion of population...continued

From global to local: Urban Heat Islands amplify global climate change impacts for Latinos

Posted April 2, 2014 by Kim Knowlton in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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Guest Blog by Juan Declet-Barreto, PhD, NRDC Climate and Health Fellow, Climate and Clean Air Program The effects of climate change are negatively impacting the health of people worldwide. In the United States these impacts affect Latinos more, largely because...continued

Slum Dwellers Face Climatic Disasters

Posted April 1, 2014 by Jacob Scherr in Environmental Justice, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Millions of people living in the shantytowns of the developing world’s mega-cities will be among the most-vulnerable groups feeling the brunt of climate change in the coming decades, according to a  just-released report from UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change....continued

Helping neighbors plan their own communities' future: a model for inclusive revitalization

Posted March 28, 2014 by Kaid Benfield in Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably

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  Sustainable neighborhoods are the building blocks of sustainable cities.  Neighborhoods are where development decisions are made and where increments of change – whether good or bad – actually take place, as well as where residents and workers experience the...continued

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