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Melanie Nakagawa, NRDC alum,

Melanie Nakagawa

Recent Posts

Waxman Markey Bill Shows Strong Support for Exporting Clean Technology and Building Resilience in Developing Countries

Posted April 3, 2009 by Melanie Nakagawa in Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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The recently released draft of the Waxman Markey draft climate bill sets the 111th Congress off to a great start, but more importantly, has put together a set of tools that will help our climate negotiators on their way to...continued

How Doing Your "Business" Can Actually Be a Business

Posted March 21, 2009 by Melanie Nakagawa in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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Did you know that in some parts of the world, the time a person spends taking care of their, ahem, "business", helps them earn money?Maybe you were like me and assumed this time was lost time in the world where...continued

In Deep Water

Posted March 20, 2009 by Melanie Nakagawa in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment

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In light of World Water Day, Avinash Kar (Staff Attorney, Health and Environment) and Vrinda Manglik (Fellow, International) decided to take a look at a country with a unique array of water challenges -- India.  I want to share with...continued

Investing in Clean Water Brings Economic Benefits and So Much More

Posted March 18, 2009 by Melanie Nakagawa in Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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In the midst of this financial crisis, governments are trying to spend its resources to stimulate the economy.  To many people this has led to questions over how realistic it is to augment a budget for issues such as clean water. ...continued

The 5th World Water Forum: Bridging Divides for Water

Posted March 16, 2009 by Melanie Nakagawa in Health and the Environment, The Media and the Environment

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Greetings from the 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul, Turkey!  This is the world's largest water event in a city where water is not only the substance of the conference but also incorporated into its location.  This is because the...continued

Climate Science Says We CAN’T Move Towards More Tar Sands and Dirty Fuels

Posted February 19, 2009 by Melanie Nakagawa in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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  We've all been hearing the litany of problems with tar sands from the environmental impacts to the public health consequences.  However, how much more needs to happen for our decision makers to act now?  Scientists who have specialized in...continued

A Cause for Alarm in Community Downstream from Tar Sands

Posted February 10, 2009 by Melanie Nakagawa in Health and the Environment

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The release of last week's Alberta Health cancer study in Fort Chipewyan, Alberta, Canada answered few questions but prompted many more.  Responding to requests by the community of Fort Chipewyan, the Alberta Government conducted a health study to investigate the...continued

Climate Talks Meet Canadian Tar Sands

Posted December 11, 2008 by Melanie Nakagawa in Solving Global Warming

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This week the Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner will make his appearance at the United Nations climate negotiations in Poznan, Poland.  What will be important is how Canada frames their global warming pollution and how ambitious their target will be...continued

Time to Use Your Potty Mouth

Posted November 19, 2008 by Melanie Nakagawa in Health and the Environment

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It's time to talk toilets, and more importantly, to learn about the sanitation crisis that leaves 2.5 billion people without access to a toilet every day.  Today, November 19, is World Toilet Day.  This is a day dedicated to raising...continued

Water Blogged: Reporting on World Water Day

Posted March 22, 2008 by Melanie Nakagawa in Health and the Environment

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Try imagining your day today if you did not have access to water or your toilet.  You wouldn’t be able to brush your teeth, flush the toilet, wash your hands, take a shower, or drink a glass of water. For...continued

Downstream from the Tar Sands: Community's Public Health Concerns Falling on Deaf Ears?

Posted February 19, 2008 by Melanie Nakagawa

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As DC enjoyed weather peaking over 70 degrees the second week of February, it seems almost like a dream that I was experiencing -40 degree weather the first week of February on my trip to Alberta, Canada.  I spent...continued

Melanie’s Top 10 Differences between COP 12 and COP 13

Posted December 9, 2007 by Melanie Nakagawa in Solving Global Warming

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With the first week of the international climate change negotiations (aka the “COP”, acronym for Conference of the Parties) over and the second and final week about to start, this is a good opportunity for me to reflect on the...continued

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