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Polluters Push a Paragon of Misinformation, But Most Americans Want Climate Action

Posted October 24, 2014 by Pete Altman in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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A new “poll,” with some state-by-state results, is part of a larger, polluter-coordinated, national disinformation campaign to keep our air dirty, our health in jeopardy and our country paralyzed in the face of real and growing threats from climate change....continued

Halloween Energy Vampires Survival Guide 2014

Posted October 23, 2014 by Noah Horowitz in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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Halloween Warning: There are energy vampires lurking in your home that are disguised as normal appliances and electronics. These bloodthirsty monsters have a voracious appetite for sucking energy out of your electrical outlets and money out of your wallet, even when...continued

First New York Green Bank deals to bring up to $800MM in Clean Energy Investments to New York State

Posted October 22, 2014 by Doug Sims in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Today, the New York Green Bank (NYGB) announced its first planned transactions. It's a broad, impressive set of offerings that could have transformative impact in New York and nationally by doubling down on boldness and creativity in the clean energy finance...continued

The Clean Water Act -- 42 Birthday Candles and Half a Million Americans Who Support It

Posted October 22, 2014 by Jon Devine in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Forty-two years ago this past Saturday, Congress passed the law known today as the Clean Water Act.  I salute their forethought and bipartisan leadership, not just because I make my living implementing that law, but because it has helped to...continued

Burden of the Boom: Who Will Pay the Price for Fracking in California?

Posted October 22, 2014 by Miriam Rotkin-Ellman in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment

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From polluted skies to contaminated drinking water and hazardous waste, communities of color in California get way more than their fair share.  If the oil and gas industry gets their way, drilling – and the environmental and health threats from...continued

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

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