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Revised Water Bond Is the Right Response to California's Drought

Posted August 12, 2014 by Kate Poole in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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A broad array of stakeholders and interest groups, including NRDC, joined Governor Brown today to call for action on a proposed water bond that is slimmed down, focused on a key set of investments, and far superior to the $11.1...continued

New York City's History-Making Recycling Law Turns 25 Years Old (Part III)

Posted August 12, 2014 by Eric Goldstein in Living Sustainably, U.S. Law and Policy

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In December 2013, the Sanitation Department was collecting recyclables from New York City residences and institutions at a rate of just over 16 per cent; the percentage is just about the same today. In view of the ambitious intentions of...continued

Delivering Efficiency for All in Maryland, and Your State Too

Posted August 12, 2014 by Deron Lovaas in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Maryland, like all states, is now figuring out how to cut harmful power plant emissions, and for the Old Line State and others, this presents a unique opportunity to look at ways to also help an underserved market – low-income housing, who...continued

Los Angeles' city-owned electric utility raises its energy efficiency ambitions

Posted August 11, 2014 by Dylan Sullivan in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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The five-member Board of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has unanimously voted to approve 10-year energy efficiency targets that will vault America’s largest municipally-owned utility, which provides service to around 3.9 million people, to national leadership in...continued

Using compost to improve soil health and crop productivity

Posted August 11, 2014 by Claire O'Connor in Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably

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Growing up on a farm in Nebraska, I spent most summer afternoons outside, exploring, digging, and collecting “treasures”—usually rocks, feathers, bugs, and other lovely items I’m sure my mother was thrilled to have me drag into the house.  These days,...continued

Moving Forward on Offshore Wind in New Bedford: If You Build It, Clean Energy Will Come (Guest Blog by Chris Halfnight)

Posted August 11, 2014 by Kit Kennedy in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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A short walk from the famous Whalemen’s Chapel of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, offshore wind power is getting a major push.  With construction of a new, $100-million marine commerce terminal well underway in New Bedford, Massachusetts, the city is on track...continued

Show Your Support for Keeping New Jersey in RGGI Today

Posted August 8, 2014 by Jackson Morris in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Hey, Garden Staters, New Jerseyans, residents of Paterson, Princeton, Newark, Millville, Atlantic City and all of New Jersey’s beautiful cities and towns: The country’s first and most successful program for cleaning up global-warming pollution from power plants, the Regional Greenhouse...continued

Now Showing: Pebble Mine's Disastrous Future at BC's Mount Polley Mine

Posted August 7, 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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In the early morning of August 4, 2014, a major breach occurred in an earthen dam built to contain millions of tons of mining waste – called “tailings” -- at the Mount Polley copper and gold mine in central...continued

Showdown, then Breakdown, on Transportation Lawmaking in Congress

Posted August 7, 2014 by Deron Lovaas in Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, U.S. Law and Policy

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Heading out the door for their 5-week vacation this August, Congress wrapped up a major piece of transportation business in an all-too-familiar and depressing fashion. They passed a bill applying set of band-aids to the highway trust fund, allowing it...continued

This is why the Forest Service should lead the way in sustainable groundwater management

Posted August 6, 2014 by Marcus Griswold in Living Sustainably

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Do you live in or near a National Forest or Grassland? Do you camp, fish, or paddle in one? Do you just like to know you have access to 193 million acres of forestland filled with wetlands, streams, and lakes?...continued

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