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EPA Takes the Next Critical Step Toward Protecting Wild Salmon and Stopping the Massive Pebble Mine

Posted July 18, 2014 by Joel Reynolds in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Nuclear Weapons, Waste and Energy, 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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Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency formally proposed limitations that would block the massive, ill-conceived Pebble Mine project -- the controversial proposal to mine gold and copper at the headwaters of the pristine Bristol Bay wild salmon fishery in Alaska that faces...continued

Obama: People Get Ready

Posted July 18, 2014 by Theo Spencer in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Much ink has been devoted to President Obama’s laudable plan to cut carbon pollution from our biggest source: power plants. The US, and the world, have a seriously limited window to cut that pollution if we’re going to stave off...continued

National Geographic Adding Recycled Content to Flagship Magazine

Posted July 17, 2014 by Darby Hoover in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment

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The magazine famous for showcasing the natural wonders of the world for generations is now helping to preserve them in its own pages. Today, NRDC and Green America announced that the National Geographic Society has begun incorporating recycled fiber into...continued

Obama Administration Recognizes the Climate-Resiliency Benefits of Green Infrastructure

Posted July 16, 2014 by Ben Chou in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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As we‘ve seen play out repeatedly in communities across the U.S., the impacts of climate change are already here. Multiple wildfires are currently burning in Western states, California’s drought is only intensifying, and extreme storms have caused flooding and heavy...continued

Strategic Growth Council affirms its role as lead agency implementing cap and trade revenues for sustainable communities

Posted July 16, 2014 by Amanda Eaken in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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“We definitely know both in statute and because of agreement among the Council that the Council will retain all important authority over this program and all responsibility for the success of this program.” – Mike McCoy, Executive Director of Strategic...continued

State Officials Prod California Cities to Act on Drought

Posted July 15, 2014 by Ed Osann in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, U.S. Law and Policy

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As California enters the hottest and driest season of the year, State officials are acting today to prod California’s cities and water suppliers to take drought conditions more seriously – and none too soon.  Emergency regulations drafted by the State...continued

Meet the original 'High Line'

Posted July 14, 2014 by Kaid Benfield in Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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    New York’s City’s hugely successful and justly celebrated High Line wasn’t the first elevated urban railroad bed to be converted into a much-loved linear park.  Today, as we mark the national holiday of France, let’s also pay tribute...continued

Discovering Life along a River of Local and National Importance

Posted July 11, 2014 by Monty Schmitt in Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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John Sutter, a CNN journalist, has just completed an incredible journey from source to sea on the San Joaquin River, the impetus for which was the designation in 2014 of the San Joaquin as one of the most endangered rivers...continued

What Bayer Won't Tell You About Why Bees Are Dying

Posted July 11, 2014 by Peter Lehner in Living Sustainably

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I stepped off the train at Grand Central last Thursday, along with tens of thousands of other commuters, and ran right into a lavish display from Bayer, the giant chemical company. Part of the glitzy setup, which took up a...continued

Moving beyond "smart growth" to a more holistic city agenda

Posted July 8, 2014 by Kaid Benfield in Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably

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   I have spent most of the last twenty years working on an agenda grounded in, for lack of a better phrase, “smart growth.”  That agenda basically holds that our regions must replace suburban sprawl with more compact forms of...continued

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