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Selifies and Civilization: two youths blog about interning at NRDC

Posted July 28, 2014 by Pamela Rivera in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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Guest blog by Maya Ward and Nick Bruce. Maya is an intern with Voces Verdes, she blends her love of Hispanic language and culture with the development of environmental policy. She is pursuing a Masters degree in Economics at Duke University, and...continued

Don't be a Stooge: What's at stake in the Republican assault on environmental protection

Posted July 28, 2014 by David Goldston in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Congress’ departure from Washington for its annual August recess is a traditional time to take stock of what our legislators have been up to.  In recent years, this has too often degenerated into mere lampooning, obscuring how deadly in earnest...continued

California and Mexico to Forge Shared Solutions on Climate Change and the Economy

Posted July 25, 2014 by Victoria Rome in Environmental Justice, Solving Global Warming

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This blog was co-written by Amanda Maxwell and Ann Notthoff NRDC has been working for years in both California and Mexico to combat climate change and protect natural resources.  Although each has its own political challenges and opportunities, it’s clear...continued

Big Polluters Cry Wolf over EPA Plan to Protect Health and Fight Climate Change

Posted July 25, 2014 by Frances Beinecke in Solving Global Warming

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Next week the Environmental Protection Agency will host four public hearings on its plan to reduce climate change pollution from power plants.  The speakers list is already filling up. Physicians will outline the health hazards linked to climate change. Farmers...continued

Poll: Overwhelming Support for Climate Action, Holding Polluters Accountable

Posted July 24, 2014 by Simon Mui in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Most Californians are concerned about climate threats and continue to support the state’s clean energy laws to reduce global warming emissions, including requiring oil companies to pay for their pollution just as other major polluters already do. That’s according to...continued

New Study Confirms That Some Biomass is Dirtier Than Coal

Posted July 24, 2014 by Sami Yassa in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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Today the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) released its report: Lifecycle Impacts of Biomass in 2020. The report analyzes the carbon emissions produced by burning biomass fuels.  The findings confirm what U.S. and European ENGOs have been...continued

Illinois' Water Plan: How to Prepare for a Warmer, More Flood-Prone Climate

Posted July 23, 2014 by Peter Lehner in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Days before the 4th of July weekend, the Chicago Park District closed every one of the city’s lakefront beaches, due to concerns about water pollution. Heavy rains had overwhelmed the city’s combined sewer system, pushing billions of gallons of polluted...continued

Age Ain't Nothing But a Number? Tell That to Climate Change

Posted July 22, 2014 by Tiffany Traynum in Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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It’s not easy getting older. Believe me, as perhaps the oldest member of the NRDC ‘Youth Task Force’ nearly every day I am faced with the laughable question “so when do I retire from the force”? And once I’m identified...continued

International Scorecard Highlights Room for Improvement in Energy Efficiency

Posted July 22, 2014 by Merrian Borgeson in Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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A recent scan of energy efficiency in 16 nations showed that all fall short of their potential. But the collective wisdom among these countries offers a path forward. Following close upon their World Cup win in Brazil, Germany also comes...continued

South Portland, Maine Hammers Nail into Coffin of Proposed Tar Sands Pipeline through New England

Posted July 22, 2014 by Elizabeth Shope in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Last night, the South Portland, Maine City Council approved the Clear Skies Ordinance in a 6-1 vote, thereby prohibiting the bulk loading of crude oil, including tar sands, onto tankers on the waterfront, as well as the construction of new...continued

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