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IPCC Report Underscores Need to Address Ocean Acidification

October 6, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard
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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
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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
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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]

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Clearing Up A Few Myths About Brazilian Biofuels Trade

September 19, 2013 by Leticia Phillips
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Brazilian Biofuels

Fresh export data show Brazilian sugarcane exports are on on track exceed 2013 RFS targets for advanced biofuels, and comes as a reality check to naysayers of sugarcane ethanol. Let’s debunk two leading myths about Brazilian sugarcane ethanol.[read more]

Alberta's New Wetland Policy Gives a Pass to Tar Sands Industry, Ignores Climate Change

September 16, 2013 by Danielle Droitsch
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Alberta Wetland Policy

The people of Alberta have sought a policy to protect its valuable wetlands from degradation by the tar sands industry. Over the past eight years, tar sands development has destroyed numerous wetlands in Alberta’s boreal forest, one of North America’s carbon storehouses.[read more]

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Searching for the Holy Grail of Carbon Separation and Capture for Power Generation

September 9, 2013 by Jim Pierobon
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Game Changers: Carbon Separation and Capture

Given the stakes with the growing emphasis on reducing carbon emissions, these markets for Akermin’s proprietary approach could reach well into the tens of billions of dollars. If this isn’t a potential game-changing technology, I don’t know what is.[read more]

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Don't Overlook Sugarcane Ethanol In Renewable Fuels Debate

September 3, 2013 by Leticia Phillips
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Brazilian Sugar Cane

During debate over the future of the Renewable Fuels Standards and its ambitious goals of energy security and reduced emissions, one factor may have been overlooked – the modest but important role Brazilian sugarcane ethanol exports play in meeting EPA’s targets.[read more]

Time for BLM to Switch Paths on Road to Fracked Oil and Gas

August 26, 2013 by Briana Mordick
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BLM Fracking Choices

The Bureau of Land Management is at a fork in the road to America’s public lands. One path offers outdated, and inadequate rules – the path that the government agency has been following to regulate oil and gas drilling for more than three decades.[read more]

Greenland Ice Melt: Bellwether of Climate Change [VIDEO]

August 25, 2013 by Tom Schueneman
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Greenland Ice Melt

Due out later this year, early drafts of the Fifth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change were leaked earlier this week, confirming what scientists have been saying now for years, even decades: global warming is real.[read more]

Can Wildlife Services and Conservationists be Friends?

August 14, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Wildlife Services and Conservationists

Wildlife Services, the U.S. Department of Agriculture agency, kills tens of thousands of native carnivores every year, mostly at the behest of the livestock industry. These practices are unnecessary, and ecologically damaging. But not everything the agency does is bad.[read more]

Philippe Cousteau on Water, Climate Change, Resources in the 21st Century [VIDEO]

July 22, 2013 by Tom Schueneman

World-famous ocean and environmental advocate Philippe Cousteau Jr. speaks of the relationship between water and climate, and the coming challenges to address human population and resource demand in a changing climate.[read more]

College, Industry, and a Dairy Farm Join to Generate Energy

July 21, 2013 by Kristopher Settle
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MOOving Energy Generation Forward

Kicked off earlier this month, a new $7 million waste-to-energy facility in Wisconsin is making a concentrated effort to combat one of the more notorious greenhouse gas emissions: methane.[read more]