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Cool It: 8 Tips to Handle the Dog Days of Summer in a Warming Climate

July 7, 2014 by Peter Lehner

Warming Adaptation

There are some things about this season I don’t enjoy: the excessive heat, the smog, the bugs—and sometimes when you head to the beach to cool off, there’s a swim advisory. These are the real dog days of summer. As our climate warms, we can expect to see more of the season’s unpleasant side.[read more]

7 Easy Ways to Save Water This Summer

July 5, 2014 by Peter Lehner

Summer Water Savings

Prolonged drought is one of the hallmarks of a warming climate. Texas has been in the grips of widespread drought since late 2010; California, where my daughters used to live, is in its third year of drought, with 100 percent of the state experiencing “severe” to “exceptional” drought conditions.[read more]

Warm Weather Ways to Cut Energy, Water, and Fuel Costs

May 25, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Summer Energy Savings

With Memorial Day fast approaching, it’s a good time to begin thinking about ways to save energy and water this summer in order to produce real, measurable benefits for you and the planet -- as well as help take stress off the power grid and prevent blackouts.[read more]

Oh Yes, There Will Be Heat

July 22, 2011 by Lou Grinzo
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Since a significant part of the US is baking today in record-breaking heat and humidity, it’s as good a time as any to bring up one of the more interesting reports on climate change, one that doesn’t get the attention it deserves, in my opinion. The report is “Confronting Climate Change in the U.S. Northeast: Science, Impacts, and...[read more]

How LED Lights Can Reduce Air Conditioning Costs This Summer

May 17, 2011 by Peter Troast
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We all know that LED lights save energy, help the planet, reduce electrical costs, and last a whole lot longer than incandescent bulbs (the Cree LR6 Downlight LED, for example, is rated to last up to 50,000 hours -- somewhere between 25 and 50 times the lifespan of an incandescent bulb).  But they also have another benefit: they can...[read more]