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Comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation could create 2 million jobs, cut 2 billion tons of pollution and save 2 trillion dollars. We cannot wait any longer to put our nation on a path to cleaner energy.

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We Are All Better for Representative Henry Waxman's Work

Posted January 30, 2014 by Frances Beinecke

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All Americans have benefited from the dedicated service of Representative Henry Waxman. In every battle and in every moment that mattered most, Rep. Waxman stood up for the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the wild places we...continued

Yes We Care

Posted January 22, 2014 by Adrianna Quintero

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Yes we care, that’s the message Latinos in the United States delivered loud and clear in a new poll by Latino Decisions for the Natural Resources Defense Council. A majority of us, Latinos in the U.S. care about fighting climate change....continued

The Importance of Remembering Superstorm Sandy

Posted October 29, 2013 by Adrianna Quintero

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Last year, I watched in horror as Superstorm Sandy approached the East Coast. Having lived through the category 5 Hurricane Andrew in South Florida, I knew firsthand the devastation that a massive hurricane can unleash. I knew the fear that so...continued

Climate Change and the Importance of Dr. King's Call to Remain Awake

Posted August 28, 2013 by Adrianna Quintero

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Fifty years ago today, Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, delivering a powerful call for freedom and equality that still resonates decades later. I’ve always found inspiration in Dr. King’s writings, and in remembering...continued

Obama Commits to Tackle Climate Change and Make Communities Stronger

Posted February 13, 2013 by Adrianna Quintero

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After witnessing a year of extreme weather events like Superstorm Sandy and one of the worst droughts in history, hearing President Obama reaffirm his commitment to tackling climate change in his State of the Union Address was a breath of...continued

Clinging to linearity in an exponential world

Posted July 17, 2012 by Kristin Eberhard

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North Carolina made news last month by legislatively nullifying climate change. As ridiculous as this seems, the mindset underlying North Carolina’s action is all too common. And I don’t mean the mindset of denying climate change; I mean the mindset...continued

A Positive Discussion of Clean Energy Standard Marred by Talk of Preemption

Posted May 18, 2012 by Nathanael Greene

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Yesterday, Senator Bingaman led a committee hearing on the Clean Energy Standard (S.1426), legislation that would increase production of renewable energy like wind and solar power, and energy efficiency along with other energy sources like nuclear and natural gas.  It...continued

The Clean Energy Standard: an important discussion about our climate and energy future that we aren't having

Posted March 14, 2012 by Nathanael Greene

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We have a choice when it comes to climate and clean-energy friendly policies.  We can allow fossil fuel companies, entrenched special interests, and their supporters in Congress to block our progress on renewable energy and take our country in a...continued

India Environmental News Compilation October 28th - November 3rd

Posted November 4, 2011 by Amrita Batra

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Climate India at ‘extreme risk’ from climate change “A third of humanity, mostly in Africa and South Asia, face the biggest risks from climate change but rich nations in northern Europe will be least exposed, according to a report released...continued

India Environmental News Compilation, October 21st - 28th

Posted November 2, 2011 by Amrita Batra

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Climate Climate change triggers new infectious diseases “Climate change is resulting in the emergence of new infectious diseases and increase in insensitivity of new pathogens. According to Dr Seyed E. Hasnain, chairman of the Committee on Climate Change and Impact...continued


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