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Clean Power Plan
Climate change is the greatest environmental threat of our time, responsible for rising sea levels, raging storms, searing heat, ferocious fires, severe drought, and punishing floods. It threatens our health, communities, economy, and national security. In the United States, power...
Sustainable Communities
By making our neighborhoods, cities and metro regions stronger, more livable and more efficient, we can save money, protect the environment and improve our quality of life.
Latin America's Green Opportunity
The leaders of Latin America's emerging economies have an opportunity to embrace sustainability and clean energy as integral parts of development to meet the growing needs of their nations.
Keystone XL Pipeline
President Obama rejected the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would have transported toxic tar sands oil from under Canada’s Boreal forest, home to many North American songbirds populations, to oil refineries in Texas. The pipeline would increase the production on one of...
Anti-Environmental Riders
Lawmakers must pass 12 spending bills for fiscal 2012 to fund the government, and some House Republicans are seizing this opportunity to jam through unpopular anti-environmental policies that have nothing to do with spending. These anti-environmental provisions are called "riders" because they ride along on spending bills even though they do not cut federal spending one cent.
Rio+20 Earth Summit
Brazil is hosting the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, marking the 20th Anniversary of the first “Earth Summit." As world leaders, CEOs and citizens gather in Rio, Rio+20 must generate real actions on the part...
Congress is considering legislation explicitly designed to make it much more difficult to implement safeguards, including those that protect public health, the environment, and food safety. The legislation, known as the REINS Act (Regulations of the Executive in Need of...
The 2011 Budget
The House Republicans' reckless plan to cut $100 billion in government spending by Oct. 1, including a 30 per cent budget reduction for the Environmental Protection Agency, would inflict grave harm to our economy and to our health. NRDC's experts...
112th Congress Targets Health & Environmental Protections
Some members of the 112th Congress have vowed to roll back virtually all health, safety and environmental protections for Americans. These politicians ignore the science, the law and the economic analysis of the deadly costs of pollution when they fight...
International Climate Change Negotiations
In Representatives from 194 countries are negotiating international efforts to address climate change in Durban, South Africa. In 2010, negotiators agreed to key elements of the international response to global warming. They created a new framework for greater transparency and...
Developing a modern, efficient public transportation infrastructure would create millions of jobs in the United States and improve our quality of life while reducing dangerous pollution and our reliance on oil....
ARCHIVED: California Ballot Initiatives
There are four initiatives on the California ballot in November 2010 that NRDC has a position on.
ARCHIVED: Chemical Dispersants in the Gulf
The widespread application of chemical dispersants in the Gulf in the wake of the oil disaster was unprecedented. Much remains unknown about the efficacy and impacts of these dispersants -- careful and thorough study by federal scientists from NOAA and EPA is...
Defending the Clean Air Act
The Clean Air Act has protected Americans and the air we breathe from harmful pollution for 40 years, saving the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. But some members of Congress are now attempting to dismantle the Clean Air Act and undermine the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to reduce air pollution and safeguard our health.
Demand Safe Chemicals
More than 80,000 chemicals now in use have never been fully assessed for toxic impacts on human health and the environment. The chemical industry should have to demonstrate that a chemical isn't dangerous before it's used in everyday products. But the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) has no such requirements. It's time to require that all chemicals be tested for safety and grant the EPA the authority to protect the public from toxic chemicals.
Disaster in the Gulf
The oil that spewed into the Gulf was an unprecedented environmental disaster that continues to devastate local communities. It will be years before we understand the full extent of the damage.
Energy and climate legislation
Opportunity to Repower America, Invest in Clean Energy 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...
World Water Day
Recognizing the Critical Importance of Water to Our Environment
Wolves in the Rockies
Fighting for the Gray Wolf's Recovery
Whales at the Supreme Court
Ensuring Safe and Sufficient Water
Water in a Changing World
Toxic Flea and Tick Treatments
Dangerous Pesticides in Flea and Tick Treatments
Green Stimulus
Critical Investments in Transit and Clean Energy
ARCHIVED: Poznan negotiations
U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change
ARCHIVED: Obama's First 100 Days
Timeline: A Fast Start on Energy and the Environment
ARCHIVED: Obama Environmental Record: Year One
Obama Environmental Record: Year One
ARCHIVED: The Obama Agenda
Priorities Include Investing in Clean Energy
New Year's Resolutions
Making Progress in 2010
Mountaintop Removal
MTR Mining Destroys Rivers, Forests and Communities
Hydraulic Fracturing
Hydraulic Fracturing & Water Contamination
Healthy Oceans
Protecting Our Oceans
Protecting Grizzlies
Grizzly Bears in Peril
ARCHIVED: Transition to Green
Agenda for Clean Energy and the Environment
Clean Energy Successes
Green Jobs Can Build a Better Future
ARCHIVED: Change in Washington
Change Brings Opportunities for Energy, Environment
Dirty Fuels
Looking for Energy in All the Wrong Places
Dirty coal
Coal Fights Dirty, Reality Fights Back
ARCHIVED: Reporting from Copenhagen
UN Climate Change Conference: Making Progress
ARCHIVED: Countdown to Copenhagen
Critical Climate Talks: Will the U.S. Be Ready?
ARCHIVED: Coal Ash Spill
Tennessee Coal Disaster
Exposing Clean Energy Smears
Telling the Truth about Climate Legislation
Drive Away from High Gas Prices
Better Fuel Efficiency by 2025 Will Curb Pollution and Save Americans Money
NRDC Live Chats
Upcoming Events
Protecting the Great Lakes from Asian Carp
Protecting the Great Lakes from Asian Carp
California's Marine Protected Areas
Preserving California's Ocean Life with Marine Protected Areas
California Energy
Golden State Must Maintain Leadership on Clean Air, Climate
ARCHIVED: Barcelona Conference
World Conservation Congress
Bisphenol A
Unhealthy Chemicals in Our Food
ARCHIVED: Celebrating the 40th Earth Day
The 40th Anniversary of Earth Day


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