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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

Old News in New Bottles: Economists Say Curbing Climate Change Will HELP Our Economy

Posted October 8, 2014 by David Goldstein in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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It was great to see economists in two separate New York Times opinion pieces recently noting that controlling climate pollution may be economically beneficial rather than restraining growth, as conventional wisdom among economists has held. Eduardo Porter, a former editorial...continued

LED Light Bulbs: Worthy of a Nobel Prize

Posted October 7, 2014 by Noah Horowitz in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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Today is a great day for the inventors of the blue light-emitting diode (LED), who were just named winners of the prestigious Nobel Prize for Physics. Their invention made it possible to create bright white light in a much more...continued

Bag Bans Will Keep Harmful Plastic Out of the Ocean

Posted October 7, 2014 by Peter Lehner in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Reviving the World's Oceans

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Like anyone who spends time in the water, I’ve had more than a few unpleasant encounters with floating trash. Abandoned dinghies, nets, buoys, mylar balloons, dead birds and fish, and above all, plastic. Around the world, people dump about 20...continued

For smart growth, not all urban density is created equal

Posted October 6, 2014 by Kaid Benfield in Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably

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  Have you ever noticed how those of us who promote walkable, “smart growth” city neighborhoods often choose historic districts to illustrate what we advocate?  Take the photo at the top of this article, for example:  I’m not sure what...continued

The Numbers Continue to Crunch the Pebble Mine

Posted October 3, 2014 by Joel Reynolds in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Facts – for example, numbers -- have never been a friend to the Pebble Mine.  By now, some of these are familiar to all of us: 10 billion – The number of tons of mining waste laced with toxics that the...continued

Setting the record straight on the Governor's CEQA reform proposal

Posted October 1, 2014 by Amanda Eaken in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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The draft update to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines on transportation-related environmental impacts is the best kind of policy-making: evidence-based, elegant in its simplicity, and transformative. The draft Guidelines are not perfect, and NRDC is working closely with...continued

US and India Progress on Long-Missed Opportunity: Increasing Clean Energy Access

Posted October 1, 2014 by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Co-written with Avinash Kar and Meredith Connolly Meeting in Washington, DC this week, President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made important commitments for U.S.-India partnership in fighting climate change and accelerating clean energy, echoing discussions at...continued

Sharing is Caring (for the Planet)

Posted October 1, 2014 by Peter Lehner in Living Sustainably

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I was recently in San Diego with my daughter, and we used car-sharing services to get around almost everywhere. She typed something into her phone, and a car was there in minutes. I’m partial to bike-sharing, myself, as a pollution-free...continued

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