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Must See Video: Showtime Climate Series 'Years of Living Dangerously'

April 12, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Climate Series on Showtime

Showtime has posted online the entire video of Episode 1 of its visually and emotionally gripping documentary series event, “Years of Living Dangerously.” The landmark 9-part series is produced by the legendary James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Jerry Weintraub.[read more]

Floodwaters are Gone but not Forgotten: Lessons Learned from Sandy

April 9, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Flooding and Climate Change

 

We can help ourselves to be better prepared for a changing climate, by incorporating the insights science offers us about what kinds of changes to expect – for example, so coastal cities can plan and take better steps to prepare for changing risks from storm flooding.[read more]

Energy With Benefits

April 9, 2014 by Jim Baird
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Energy Benefits

The world needs a new energy system that will bolster the environment rather than making it uninhabitable to most living things. Before designing and building such a system, it behooves us to consider what is wrong with what we have and how we can improve on that.[read more]

Water Utility Turns to DR and Efficiency to Save $500M Annually

April 8, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

From high rises in Los Angeles to 7-Elevens in New York City, enterprises are looking for ways around high utility demand charges during peak times of electricity usage. But for water utilities, especially in California, it’s difficult to tackle energy costs in the midst of a water crisis.[read more]

New EPA Reports on Fracking Waste Don't Go Far Enough

April 6, 2014 by Amy Mall

The EPA just released two new reports on the waste generated by oil and gas exploration and production, including fracking. There have been documented cases around the country where this dangerous waste has been released into the environment and endangered human health.[read more]

Mounting Evidence of Health Concerns Near Tar Sands Development

April 5, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch
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Addressing Health Concerns

Two studies have drawn attention to the linkage between tar sands development and significant health concerns. The two reports both released by the Alberta government separately show that the incidence of cancer downstream of tar sands development is higher than expected.[read more]

Powering to Climate Mitigation

April 3, 2014 by Jim Baird
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Climate Mitigation

Without swift and decisive action to limit greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels and other sources, the world will almost surely face centuries of climbing temperatures, rising seas, species loss and dwindling agricultural yields. The smart approach to these threats is power our way past them.[read more]

IPCC Sides With Roger Pielke, Jr.

April 3, 2014 by Alex Trembath
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The new United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released Monday, March 31 confirms representations of the climate science made by a University of Colorado-Boulder scientist who wrote a controversial column for FiveThirtyEight.com.[read more]

Good Business: Yiyuan Environmental Group

April 2, 2014 by Charles Arthur

Good Environmental Business

Chen Chunhong is the managing director of the Shanghai-based, Yiyuan Environmental Group, a company that produces and markets toilets whose patented technology can save up to 83% of water compared with conventional 6-litre models.[read more]

The Energy-Data Nexus Could Be the Next Big Thing for the IT Industry

April 1, 2014 by Rob Day

You may have heard of the energy-water nexus, which is the idea that water use and energy production are so intertwined that they can, to a significant extent, be thought of as two sides of the same coin. The same thing is happening, in remarkably similar ways, with energy and data.[read more]

Is A Super El Niño Coming That Will Shatter Extreme Weather And Global Temperature Records?

March 28, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Super El Niño

Signs are increasingly pointing to the formation of an El Niño in the next few months, possibly a very strong one. When combined with the long-term global warming trend, a strong El Niño would mean 2015 is very likely to become the hottest year on record by far.[read more]

Closing Clean Water Act Loophole Will Restore Drinking Water and Flood Protections for Millions

March 27, 2014 by Peter Lehner
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Clean Water Act Loophole

Like millions of Americans, I love the water. I love to swim, boat and fish, as do many of my family and friends. We all recall swimming in dirty water; it wasn’t all that uncommon a few decades ago. I even recall being told I would need a hepatitis shot if I fell into the nearby river.[read more]

Opinion: Regulations Must Keep Pace with Water-Related Fracking Risks

March 27, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Fracking and Water Risk

To mark this year’s World Water Day, UNESCO and UN Water released the 2014 World Water Development report highlighting the key role that water and energy play in economic development. According to the report, some 768 million people do not have access to an improved source of water.[read more]

New Report: 7 Million People Died from Air Pollution in 2012

March 27, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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A recent report from the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 7 million people died as a result of air pollution in 2012. Unfortunately, this updated science indicates that air pollution problems worldwide are even worse than we previously thought.[read more]

Water Used by Power Plants [INFOGRAPHIC]

March 26, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Power Plants and Water

This infographic helps to visualize the great volumes of water used to generate electricity from various sources. In addition to power generation, water is also used to produce oil, gas, coal, biofuels and most raw energy-related commodities.[read more]