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Satellite Images Show Tar Sands Extraction Obliterating Boreal Forest

July 16, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Environmental Risk and Fuel Extraction

The Global Forest Watch program of the World Resources Institute and Global Forest Watch Canada released maps of forest loss in the tar sands region of Alberta, in the heart of Canada’s Boreal forest. These maps make very clear how prevalent the forest loss is in and around the tar sands operations.[read more]

Recommended Beach Reading on the Water and Energy Nexus

July 1, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

It’s almost the fourth of July, and that means a holiday with time to read. Two interesting reports were released in June, and while not the typical frothy-light paperback novel genre, they are good reading for the beach. Spoiler alert: both reports conclude that your beach won’t be there in a couple of decades.[read more]

Climate Change is Risky For Business

June 26, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Risky Business, an organization founded by Tom Steyer, Hank Paulson, and Michael Bloomberg, three giants of the business world, released a report detailing the extraordinary risks that climate change poses to the nation’s economy and to the future business climate in the United States.[read more]

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Beyond Paris, Part 1: Humans are Changing the Climate for the Worse

June 4, 2014 by Matthew Stepp
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Humans and Global Warming

With each passing year, the science, observations, and modeling of global climate change become even clearer: humans continue to influence global climate change by pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, which increases Earth’s average temperature.[read more]

CO2 Levels Reach and Maintain 400 PPM - A Dubious Milestone in Human History

June 3, 2014 by Tom Schueneman
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Carbon Levels and Environmental Risk

The World Meteorological Organization has reported that, for perhaps the first time in human history, atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) eclipsed 400 parts-per-million (ppm) in the northern hemisphere for the entire month of April.[read more]

How Will Climate Change Affect You? Find the Information You Need Here

May 16, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Climate Change Effects

On Monday, scientists announced new findings that the massive West Antarctica ice sheet is rapidly melting due to climate change, and the retreat is now irreversible. One of the study’s lead authors said the ice sheet “has passed the point of no return."[read more]

Climate Preparedness Task Force Should Use Water Infrastructure Funding to Protect Communities from Climate Risks

April 16, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Climate Preparedness

Recent disasters in U.S. communities illustrate risk from flooding and drought events. Downpours swept across the South recently, causing at least one death and widespread flooding. More than 60 percent of the West, including greater than 99 percent of California, now is facing drought conditions.[read more]

Roads Change Everything

February 15, 2014 by Peter Lehner

Roads and the Environment

In Alaska, when politicians talk about building “Roads to Resources”-- new roads through pristine areas to get access to fossil fuels and minerals--the road often appears as a thin line on a map. No big deal. In reality, a road changes everything.[read more]