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Water and the Future of Energy

January 20, 2014 by Elias Hinckley

California is in the midst of an epic drought. It is one of 11 western states (Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, and Kansas are the others) that the U.S. government declared to be “primary natural disaster areas” due to drought.[read more]

California Water Policy: Driest Year in State History Leads to Debate

January 5, 2014 by Michael Higham

The year 2013 marked the driest year recorded in California history. December is typically a wet month in the state, but the Summer-like Winter in 2013 was both a blessing and a curse. A serious debate on the state’s water future is imperative.[read more]

Our Holiday Wish List

December 24, 2013 by Leticia Phillips

Energy Wish List

Heading into the New Year, it’s clear the decisions confronting lawmakers and EPA regulators on the RFS will have a great impact on our world’s journey towards decreasing greenhouse gases and improving energy security. Here’s our wish list for the presents we’d like to see in 2014.[read more]

EPA’s RFS Proposal is a Step Backwards on Clean Energy Path

December 5, 2013 by Leticia Phillips

EPA Regulation

Since the beginning of the RFS program, the EPA had been a strong supporter of the role Brazilian sugarcane ethanol plays supplying Americans with sustainable fuel. That's why it came as a shock that the EPA has proposed to drastically reduce the volumes of advanced fuels for the 2014 RFS.[read more]

Final Farm Bill Must Save Farmland, Farm Communities, Environment

November 1, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Recently the House and Senate launched formal negotiations on the fate of the nation’s food and farm policy, and the policies at stake impact every American in every corner of the country, not just farmers but consumers, taxpayers and conservationists as well.[read more]

Environmental Risk: The Oil Boom Produces Another Spill

October 18, 2013 by Bill Chameides

The oil boom is alive in North Dakota where fracking - injecting water, sand and chemicals into the Earth to liberate the fuel trapped inside rock formations - has opened up huge new reserves of oil trapped in shale. Apparently oil spills are also kicking up a bit of a kerfuffle in North Dakota.[read more]

Kelp Forests Thrive in California's Underwater Parks

October 13, 2013 by Peter Lehner

Kelp and Acidification

We need to continue to build resiliency in our ocean environments so we can better withstand the changes that are already taking place. California has protected a full 16 percent of its coastal waters, putting the state in the vanguard of global ocean protection.[read more]

Sustainability of Agriculture Depends on Fracking Regulations

October 9, 2013 by Mia Shaw

Fracking and Agriculture

California is the 4th largest oil and gas producing state, and is also home to the largest oil shale play in the nation, the Monterey Shale – containing 15 billion barrels of oil – which could be accessed through the process of hydraulic fracturing.[read more]

Biofuels: Uncertainty, Not ILUC, is Holding Back Biofuels in Europe [VIDEO]

October 9, 2013 by Kasper Peters

Biofuels in Europe

In this latest story for viEUws - the European Union Policy Broadcaster, leading environment journalist Sonja van Renssen looks into the Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) policy proposal and its effects on biofuels production in Europe.[read more]

IPCC Report Underscores Need to Address Ocean Acidification

October 6, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Ocean Acidification and the IPCC Report

The recent IPCC report addressed an impact of rising atmospheric CO2 emissions: ocean acidification. While national and international media outlets largely skipped the report’s findings on acidification, my eyes went straight to what we call climate change’s “evil twin.”[read more]

Climate and Conflict [VIDEO]

October 6, 2013 by Tom Schueneman

Climate Conflicts

A recent episode from Dr. Joylette Portlock’s YouTube series, titled 'Don’t Just Sit There, Do Something', discusses the impact of climate change on national and international security, and how global warming can lead to dangerous conflicts.[read more]

New International Climate Report Has Profound Implications for Latin America

October 5, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

The new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate confirms what countless people in Latin America and the Caribbean already know – something is seriously wrong with the weather and it’s time we start doing something about it.[read more]

What is a Low Carbon Food? [VIDEO]

September 28, 2013 by Lindsay Wilson

Low Carbon Foods

Food production, from the growth and harvesting of food all the way to it's transportation and consumption, results in a huge volume of greenhouse gases, but these vary greatly between foods. This video looks at what a low carbon food is.[read more]

EU Biofuels Policy: ILUC Rapporteur Throws Gauntlet to Member States [VIDEO]

September 25, 2013 by Kasper Peters

EU Biofuels Policy

Energy journalist Sonja van Renssen met Corinne Lepage MEP, Rapporteur on the Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) proposal in the European Parliament’s Environment Committee, to discuss the European Parliament vote on biofuels.[read more]

Global Food Waste Explained, with Five Tomatoes [VIDEO]

September 19, 2013 by Lindsay Wilson

Global Food Waste

Food has a huge environmental footprint: 24% of greenhouse gas emissions, 40% of land use, 70% of water use and 75% of deforestation. The world produces enough calories to feed 14 billion people, but 800 million go hungry, and Food waste contributes to this problem.[read more]