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Florida Climate Week Wrap-up

Posted October 14, 2014 by Pamela Rivera in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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A few days ago, I noted that a diverse group of Floridians - business and faith leaders, Hispanic communities and concerned parents and students - were gearing up to press for forceful action to confront climate change, starting with a...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

Energy Efficient, Climate Friendly Refrigerants for Hot and Humid India: Moving into the Future

Posted October 9, 2014 by Avinash Kar in Solving Global Warming

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Guest blog by Bhaskar Deol, NRDC India Representative based in New Delhi This is the first in a series of blogs on this issue. At the recently concluded bilateral India-US summit, Prime Minister Modi of India and US President Obama...continued

Legislation Introduced to Address the Rising Impacts of Urban Flooding

Posted October 9, 2014 by Becky Hayat in Solving Global Warming

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Urban flooding is a serious and growing problem. “Around 20-25 percent of all economic losses resulting from flooding occur in areas not designated as being in a “floodplain,” but as a consequence of urban drainage,” according to the Federal Emergency...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

Federal Court Tosses Nebraska's "Jump-the-Gun" Lawsuit Against EPA Power Plant Standards

Posted October 8, 2014 by David Doniger in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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The federal district court in Lincoln, Nebraska, yesterday threw out a lawsuit by that state’s attorney general attacking the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed standards for carbon pollution from new electric power plants.  Judge John M. Gerrard ruled that the attorney...continued

As King Tide Approaches, Floridians Turn Up the Call for Climate Action

Posted October 8, 2014 by Peter Lehner in Solving Global Warming

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South Florida’s King Tide—an annual super-high tide brought on by a particular alignment of earth, sun and moon—is expected to peak on Thursday, raising sea level by about four feet and pushing a foot of water into the streets of...continued

Energy Efficiency Crucial to Achieving "Smart Cities" in India

Posted October 8, 2014 by Avinash Kar in Solving Global Warming

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Guest Blog by Nehmat Kaur, NRDC India Representative “Smart cities” is the most popular phrase making the rounds at the "Cities For All" XI Metropolis World Congress currently being held in Hyderabad. At the international gathering, the new state government...continued

Fuel Economy Continues Upward Climb to New Record

Posted October 8, 2014 by Luke Tonachel in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has crunched the numbers and the fleet of cars and light trucks sold with model year 2013 hit a new record of 24.1 miles per gallon (mpg). The latest Fuel Economy Trends report finds that...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

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