Most of us will never know what it’s like to have a giant wood pellet factory move into our neighborhood. Unfortunately, the community of Northampton County, North Carolina isn’t so lucky. A new video, Injustice in Northampton, produced by our...continued→
Sasha Lyutse, Policy Analyst, New York
The prospect of working for NRDC brought me back to NY following a stint in London and Paris getting my Masters degree in Public Policy. I miss Paris every day but more and more, I know NYC is home. Besides, a politics junky like me wouldn’t miss such a challenging, exciting, opportunity-filled time in the U.S. for anything.
Apart from that, life these days is pretty much about exploring my Harlem neighborhood, working on my yoga, attempting to cook fresh food daily from scratch and trying to live healthier and greener little by little.
Last week, in his State of the Union address, President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to tackling climate change to the American people: “Over the past eight years, the United States has reduced our total carbon pollution more than any other...continued→
A new report commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation and Southern Environmental Law Center shows once again why it’s critical that we get our biomass policies right. The study finds that exploding demand for wood as fuel in large power...continued→
Yesterday, 41 leading scientists sent a letter to the EPA calling on the agency to protect our forests from the growing sucking sound created by biomass power plants. The scientists urged the agency to put in place a regulatory system that...continued→
One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is all the sides. I’m already looking forward to sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, and more. But one thing Americans aren’t looking forward to this Thanksgiving is getting their turkey with a...continued→
Healthy soils are the foundation of a healthy food system. These soils teem with life: earthworms create water channels as the burrow through the soil, allowing rain to soak in; residues from previous crops help soil retain moisture, suppress weeds,...continued→
The federal court of appeals in Washington D.C. issued an important decision last week that confirmed the need to follow the science when developing biomass-based energy. The decision once again made clear that not all bioenergy has the same carbon...continued→
Substituting trees for coal in power plants would take us backwards in the fight against climate change
Last week, President Obama gave a historic speech in which he laid out his second term plan for tackling the urgent threat of climate change. Delivered from the steps of Old North at Georgetown University (making this alum very proud),...continued→
The Meatless Mondays campaign encourages consumers to skip meat one day a week in favor of plant-based foods, and highlights how this simple action can help improve their health and reduce the environmental impacts of their diets. Seems small, but...continued→
New evidence that cutting forests to burn for electricity is even worse for the climate than we thought
Burning our forests for electricity is a bad idea—bad for our climate, bad for local ecosystems, and bad for our communities. But a new study just out of Dartmouth College shows that it might be even worse than we thought....continued→
You know what happens when the fox is left to guard the henhouse. Unfortunately, the emerging trans-Atlantic biomass energy industry—in which power companies like Drax Power and Dominion Resources, supplied by wood pellet manufacturers like Enviva, cut down forests in...continued→
When European Union leaders mandated that 20% of Europe's energy should come from "renewable" sources, do you think they envisioned an industry where many millions of tons of trees harvested from U.S. forests would be loaded onto cargo ships and...continued→
The independent product testing organization Consumer Reports, which regularly tests and rates a raft of consumer products—from lawnmowers, to washing machines, to baby monitors, to cars—recently focused its meticulous consumer product testing methods on America’s turkey burgers, releasing the results...continued→
If a federal agency willfully buries its head in the sand, what will it take to pull it out? As I discussed here, sampling of ground turkey, pork chops and ground beef in U.S. supermarkets, conducted jointly by the Food...continued→
In the livestock industry, heroes don’t always get their due. Perhaps that’s because the story of our modern animal agriculture system is so often so bleak—for farmers, animals, our health and the health of our environment. In the U.S. pork...continued→
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