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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

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

At Greenbuild: Leading Southern Cities Ramp Up on Energy Efficiency

Posted October 17, 2014 by Melissa Wright in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Are you heading to the Greenbuild International Conference in New Orleans next week? If so, be sure to check out the panel, Leading Southern Cities Ramp Up on Energy Efficiency, on October 22 from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM. The...continued

Imagining Zero Carbon

Posted October 15, 2014 by David Goldstein in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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NRDC President  Frances Beinecke’s book sets forth a goal of net-zero climate pollution in our lifetime. As Frances and I are both in our 60s, that implies we need to get there quickly. Here is why this ambitious goal is necessary:...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

World's "First Fuel" - Energy Efficiency - Coming Out of Hiding

Posted October 10, 2014 by Sheryl Carter in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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The International Energy Agency (IEA) just released its second annual Energy Efficiency Market Report 2014 confirming energy efficiency’s place as the world’s “first fuel” and estimating the value of the energy efficiency market at between $310 and $360 billion and...continued

Public Power Reaches New Heights in Saving Californians Energy

Posted October 9, 2014 by Sierra Martinez in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil

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This post reflects extensive contributions by Lisa Xue, a Sustainable Energy Fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council, working on energy efficiency issues in California. She received her M.A. in International Policy from Stanford University and B.A. in Economics and B.A....continued

New Jersey Water Infrastructure Funds: An Opportunity to Make Communities More Resilient

Posted October 9, 2014 by Ben Chou in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, U.S. Law and Policy

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With images of flooding, drought, storms, and other extreme weather appearing in the headlines more frequently, it’s clear that the effects of climate change already are being felt in neighborhoods, communities, and cities across the U.S. In recognition of the...continued

Efficiency Really Works!

Posted October 9, 2014 by David Goldstein in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment

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The very week of the announcement that the researchers who helped create energy –efficient LED lighting received the Nobel Prize, two nay-sayers on efficiency find a forum in the New York Times to express their poorly-reasoned doubts . Michael Shellenberger...continued

PLF Asks the Supreme Court to Put the Demands of the Few Over the Needs of the Many

Posted October 9, 2014 by Kate Poole in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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Last week, the Pacific Legal Foundation asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling validating the 2008 delta smelt biological opinion (“BiOp”). The 2008 BiOp analyzes the impact of two of the country’s largest...continued

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