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Feeding the 5000 Oakland: Bringing Food Waste Awareness by the Dumpster Load

Posted October 21, 2014 by Tiffany Traynum in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment

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As everyone knows, I like keeping it local. Don’t get me wrong, traveling is the only way to experience other ways of life and take in all the beauty this world has to offer. But there is nothing better than...continued

AWEA's Offshore WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition Emphasizes Offshore Wind's Bright Future While Also Calling for Action

Posted October 21, 2014 by Kit Kennedy in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Guest Blog by Andrea Leshak, NRDC Ford Legal Fellow I had the great pleasure of attending AWEA’s Offshore WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition earlier this month. The conference was appropriately held in Atlantic City, NJ, a city committed to supporting offshore wind...continued

Grid Modernization and Public Lands

Posted October 20, 2014 by Carl Zichella in Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, Solving Global Warming

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Here at NRDC I work in an unusual program niche: the intersection of our renewable energy and lands and wildlife programs. During my career I have worked as an advocate for protecting wild places and creatures as well as a...continued

Compact and connected communities improve public health, says new research

Posted October 20, 2014 by Kaid Benfield in Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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   We know from exhaustive past research that walkable neighborhoods and cities reduce driving, associated emissions, and living costs.  Three important academic studies published earlier this year demonstrate that they are good for our health, too. In particular, the research,...continued

Fossil-fuel funded study: net gains from EPA's Clean Power Plan

Posted October 18, 2014 by Laurie Johnson in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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On behalf of some of America's biggest polluters, a new study by NERA Consulting makes a valiant, but ultimately failed, attempt to portray first-ever proposed limits on carbon pollution as an economic calamity. The limits, under the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA)...continued

Illinois fracking rules update: industry self-pity winds up while the clock winds down

Posted October 16, 2014 by Ann Alexander in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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On Tuesday, the General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules once again postponed its decision concerning the Illinois fracking rules, until November 6.   They are cutting things pretty daredevil close:  Illinois law provides that agencies have exactly one year to...continued

EPA approves new pesticide combination Enlist Duo, NRDC files suit

Posted October 15, 2014 by Sylvia Fallon in Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Today the EPA approved the use of a new pesticide that is a combination of both glyphosate (better known as Roundup) and 2,4 D for use on genetically engineered corn and soy.  Glyphosate, the most widely used weed killer in...continued

Question answered - EPA approves Enlist Duo

Posted October 15, 2014 by Kristi Pullen in Health and the Environment

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Despite ample evidence illustrating the ability of 2,4-D (also known as 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid) to impact the delicately balanced thyroid system, and the uncertainty associated with the levels at which humans might be exposed to its increased use, the Environmental Protection...continued

Tonight: FRONTLINE airs report on antibiotics overuse in the American meat industry

Posted October 14, 2014 by Sasha Lyutse in Health and the Environment

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Tonight, PBS’s FRONTLINE will air the second in its two-part series exploring the mounting crisis of antibiotics resistance—now among the top five health threats facing the nation according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The series picks up on...continued

L.A. Mayor Calls for More Water Efficiency

Posted October 14, 2014 by Ed Osann in Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, U.S. Law and Policy

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Kudos to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti for proposing ambitious new water-saving goals for the city.  Hizzoner aims for dramatic reductions in water use over the next two years.  L.A. has already made impressive strides -- water use today is...continued

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