It’s National Grilling Month! Just in time for the 4th of July, when many of us will be gathering for backyard barbeques and a whole lot of grilling. Of all the things folks will be grilling this holiday weekend and...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.
Burning trees for energy is dirtier than coal. And it threatens some of our most biologically diverse and precious forests. Last fall, more than 40 scientists wrote to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) laying out their concerns with an agency...continued→
Last Monday, President Obama took a truly historic step in the fight against climate change, announcing first-ever limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants in the US. Power plants are responsible for 40% of our carbon pollution, the single...continued→
"Thought for Food" benefit celebrates sustainable food movement & calls on Foster Farms to clean up its act
What we eat matters. The choices we make in the kitchen and supermarket aisle have a huge impact on our own health, as well as the health of our planet. As consumers, these choices can be a powerful tool for...continued→
In today’s conventional meat industry, what passes for a “farm” is really more like a factory. Animals are confined indoors by the hundreds or thousands in crowded and often unsanitary conditions. Grain-feed is trucked in, while mountains of waste are...continued→
Burning whole trees to produce electricity is dirtier than coal. And the uncontrolled growth of the biomass energy industry in the Southeast threatens our most endangered forests. But communities in the region are finally standing up and saying no. In...continued→
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→
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→
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