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To Fight Climate Change we Have to Save the Rainforest

August 21, 2014 by Jessica Kennedy

Rainforests and Climate Change

Most of us are concerned about how climate change will affect our corners of the world, but we need to be thinking about our most vital natural resources: tropical forests. Tropical and subtropical forests are the most biodiverse areas on the planet, and they even give us most of the oxygen we breathe.[read more]

How Badly Is the Wave and Tidal Industry Struggling? Likely Worse Than You Thought

August 19, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

A decade after the surge of attention in marine energy technologies, the industry has not been able to overcome severe technical and financial challenges. As a result, installations have remained at pilot scale, while financing has been largely limited to government programs for testing and demonstrations.[read more]

Declining Air Quality in the Tar Sands Region: Is the Government Responding?

August 17, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch
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A new report released by the Alberta government reveals a concerning trend with declining air quality as a result of tar sands operations. While the report itself was just released, the air pollution information in the report is dated back to the year 2012.[read more]

Revised Water Bond Is the Right Response to California's Drought

August 17, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

A broad array of stakeholders and interest groups joined Governor Brown to call for action on a proposed water bond that is slimmed down, focused on a key set of investments, and far superior to the $11.1 billion bond currently scheduled for the November ballot.[read more]

The US Humanitarian Intervention in Iraq: The Oil and Water Angle

August 15, 2014 by Amy Myers Jaffe

The success of stated limited U.S. humanitarian goals for the latest intervention in Iraq could hinge on more than the fate of minorities trapped on top of the Mount Sinjar. That is because the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has taken control of critical water and oil infrastructure including the Mosul Dam.[read more]

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A Visit to the Aral Sea

August 14, 2014 by David Kroodsma
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Change in the Aral

When we considered crossing Central Asia in a Ride for Climate, I knew we had to visit the Aral Sea - or at least what remains of it. Even though the sea's demise wasn't due to global warming, it's one of the world's worst environmental catastrophes, serving an example of how humans can alter the planet.[read more]

Bad News For California: NOAA Lowers Chance Of El Niño To 65%, Predicts A Weak One

August 14, 2014 by Joseph Romm

California and Environmental Risk

The NOAA previously said the chances of an El Niño developing this year were at almost 4 out of 5. There was some evidence suggesting it might be a strong El Niño, the kind that generally brings a lot of rain to California. But the best chance for ending the brutal California drought seems to be disappearing.[read more]

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A Path to Carbon-Free Ammonia?

August 14, 2014 by N Nadir
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Ammonia and Carbon

The synthesis of the agricultural and chemical commodity ammonia, which is of critical importance to humanity, is currently inextricably involved with fossil fuels. This post discusses a publication in the primary scientific literature that suggests a path to decoupling ammonia synthesis from the industrial use of carbon.[read more]

Will de Blasio and Cuomo Make Sustainability a Higher Priority?

August 12, 2014 by Steven Cohen
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has allowed the Mayor's Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability to lose nearly all of its talented staff, while New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is using capital funds meant to finance environmental facilities to help pay for the Tappan Zee Bridge.[read more]

Could California Become a Leader in Smart Water Management?

August 12, 2014 by Christine Hertzog
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California relies on a small number of winter storms to recharge groundwater sources and restore snowpack that furnishes most of the potable water in the state. But in times of drought, the state relies on groundwater. Some estimates indicate that as much as 65% of water is sourced from these supplies.[read more]

How Solar Can Help Avoid Conflicts over Water

August 11, 2014 by Rosana Francescato

Water Conflicts and Solar

A new report warns of the danger in overlooking the use of water in conventional forms of electricity generation. The report highlights the role of solar and other renewables in ensuring the world maintains enough water for a growing population, in the face of increasing droughts.[read more]

Floridians Should be Empowered to Help Fight Climate Change

August 10, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Florida and Climate Change

Things are definitely picking up steam in Florida and on a wide variety of efforts to urge Governor Rick Scott to come up with a strong plan for reducing carbon pollution. Since the release of the National Climate Assessment, there has been a growing concern among Floridians about the impacts of climate change.[read more]

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10 Energy Technology Initiatives to Green European Cities Any City can Take Inspiration From

August 8, 2014 by Green IT Amsterdam Region

Greening European Cities

European cities made a great effort by identifying energy projects which could help other cities to improve their energy footprint, increase their share of renewable energy supply or improve the efficiency of their energy distribution and management systems.[read more]

Toledo's Troubles: Vivid Example of Why We Need to Act on Climate and Clean Water

August 7, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Toledo and Environmental Risk

The recent troubles in Toledo might seem the stuff of scary science fiction stories, but the truth is that a major American city, perched along the Great Lakes, just went three days without any drinking water after pollution poisoned their supply.[read more]

Water, Water Everywhere, Nor Any Drop To Drink

August 7, 2014 by Jim Baird
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Water Crisis

The title of this article is, of course, a line from Samuel Taylor Coleridge's piece, Rime of the Ancient Mariner. The familiar phrase is also part of the title of Ken MidKiff’s 2007 book, Not a Drop to Drink: America's Water Crisis (and What You Can Do).[read more]