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The Losing Economics of Investing in Aging Coal Plants: Part 2

Posted April 18, 2014 by Noah Long in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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This entry is the second of a two-part follow up to the blog I posted last fall. The first entry focused on the national story of coal's decline, this entry focuses on the west. Investors already projected another bleak year for...continued

Four Years after BP Oil Disaster Many Lessons Remain Unlearned

Posted April 18, 2014 by Frances Beinecke in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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Four years ago this weekend, the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, killing 11 men and sending 170 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.  I flew over the site after the blowout and was stunned by the vast reach...continued

Kansas City Power & Light to Double its Energy Efficiency Investment in Missouri - if the State allows it

Posted April 18, 2014 by David Weiskopf in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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NRDC, along with several other environmental groups and the Missouri Division of Energy, has just reached an agreement with Kansas City Power & Light that would approximately double the benefits of energy efficiency for people in the Kansas City region....continued

Get dirty so we can keep Earth clean

Posted April 17, 2014 by Evan Feeney in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, The Media and the Environment

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Cartoons don’t rot kids’ brains; cartoons with no message rot kids’ brains. Shows like Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender (of which I have watched the entire series… twice) and Legend of Korra actually have a pretty good message: the Earth...continued

Revival in the face of drought: The return of spring run Chinook salmon to the San Joaquin River

Posted April 17, 2014 by Monty Schmitt in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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  Despite California’s drought, today the San Joaquin River Restoration Program (SJRRP) is releasing 54,000 juvenile spring-run Chinook salmon into the San Joaquin River. This marks the first time in 60 years that spring-run Chinook will make the journey from...continued

EPA Gets Started on Curbing Heat-Trapping Methane from Oil and Gas Operations

Posted April 15, 2014 by David Doniger in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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This post written with Meleah Geertsma and Vignesh Gowrishankar Today the Environmental Protection Agency took the first step promised under President Obama’s Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, released last month.  EPA issued a set of white papers examining five big...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

Study: Weather-Related Blackouts Doubled Since 2003

Posted April 15, 2014 by Theo Spencer in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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I think it was either Cheech or Chong who said, “I’m fed up and sick of this.” Well that’s how many people here in the Northeast where I live feel about power outages caused by storms. If people are sick...continued

Let's Avoid Living Dangerously

Posted April 14, 2014 by Theo Spencer in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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The Showtime documentary series that began airing last night, “Years of Living Dangerously,” is a powerful reminder of why we need to act now to address climate change. More hurricanes, floods, droughts, intense storms, food scarcity—it’s all there in detail. ...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

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