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Cleaning China's Smoggy Skies: China Released Draft Air Pollution Law Amendments for Public Comment

September 15, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

On Tuesday, September 9th, the Legislative Affairs Office of China’s State Council released the first draft of the highly-anticipated revisions to the national Air Pollution Prevention and Control Law, providing hope that blue skies won’t always be fleeting in China's future.[read more]

On Becoming an Ecomodernist

September 11, 2014 by Michael Shellenberger & Ted Nordhaus
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Ecomodernism and Meaning

The last few years have seen the emergence of a new environmental movement that offers a positive vision of our environmental future, rejects Romantic ideas about nature, and embraces advanced technologies like nuclear power and GMOs, as necessary to reducing humankind’s ecological footprint.[read more]

Here's How Global Warming Is Already Worsening Extreme Deluges In The U.S.

September 11, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Warming and Raining

One of the most robust of recent scientific findings is the direct connection between global warming and more extreme deluges and rainfall events. Scientists have observed a sharp jump in monster one- and two-day rainstorms in this country.[read more]

Retrofitting Mahindra Towers: ESCO Model Enables Energy Efficiency Savings in India

September 11, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Tower Retrofit

More than ever, people are flocking to India’s cities, where increasing standards of living and rapid urbanization are causing enormous strain on the country’s energy supplies. At the same time, 400 million people in India lack any access to reliable power.[read more]

Learning from the Era of American Environmental Leadership

September 10, 2014 by Steven Cohen

This past week, I had the honor of attending a new class at Columbia taught by Tom Jorling and Leon Billings on the origins of American environmental law. They are teaching this course to make certain that students do not lose heart and think that it is impossible for the U.S. to lead the world to a more sustainable future.[read more]

California Clean Energy Bill Could Open Door for Homeowners and Small Businesses

September 10, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

California Clean Energy Legislation

Governor Brown has the opportunity to make energy-saving upgrades possible for families and small business owners by signing Assembly Bill 1883. This bill would significantly lower the cost of PACE, a tool which enables property owners to take advantage of energy efficiency and rooftop solar PV.[read more]

Want to Schedule Your Electricity Use to Reduce Pollution? Here's How

September 10, 2014 by Catherine Wolfram
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Electricity Savings and Pollution Reduction

Some of us occasionally feel the urge to turn off the kitchen/porch/office light as our small step towards addressing global climate change. A Berkeley PhD student – Gavin McCormick – has started a nonprofit to provide information on exactly how our actions impact pollution.[read more]

Don't Toss Out the Good Electricity with the Bad

September 10, 2014 by Kyle Aarons
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Some electricity uses can reduce overall carbon emissions. Here are some options for EPA to consider to avoid inadvertently discouraging states from deploying electric vehicles, electric mass transit, and other technologies that use electricity instead of a dirtier fuel.[read more]

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Are Carbon Capture and Storage and Biomass Indispensable in the Fight Against Climate Change?

September 9, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Carbon Capture, Biomass, and Climate Change

According to an international effort to comparing 18 models of the global energy-climate-economic system, efforts to mitigate climate change may depend on two technologies: the ability to capture carbon from power plants and industrial facilities and store it in geological formations and to derive energy from biomass.[read more]

EDF's SolaROI Study: Understanding What PG&E's Electricity Rate Changes Mean for Solar PV

September 9, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Rate Changes and Solar PV

Our eyes are fixed firmly on improving local air quality and reducing global warming caused by fossil-fuel based electricity. We have high hopes for the role that clean, renewable, and distributed energy solutions like rooftop solar can play in “decarbonizing” our energy system.[read more]

Taking Action on Climate Change in Latin American Cities Helps Meet Development Goals

September 9, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Climate change is portrayed as an environmental issue, but in regions like Latin America, it’s actually also a development issue. Across the region important economic sectors and resources are highly vulnerable to climate disruptions, and low-income and rural communities are disproportionately affected.[read more]

Explaining Iowa's Credit for Early Action under the Clean Power Plan

September 8, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Iowa and the Clean Power Plan

Iowa’s target under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan would reduce carbon pollution by 16% by 2030. Iowa would reduce emissions from existing power plants from 1,552 to 1,301 lbs/MWh (the amount of carbon emitted per each unit of power produced).[read more]

A Water Bond to Protect the Environment and the Economy

September 6, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Virtually all of California – 99.8 percent – is in severe drought. The toxic blue-green algae that shut down Toledo’s drinking water supply earlier this month is thriving in Stockton’s waterways, thanks to warm, stagnant water and low river flows.[read more]

Global Warming Boosts Chances of Civilization-Threatening Megadroughts Here And Abroad

September 5, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Drought and Widespread Risk

By taking no serious action to slash carbon pollution and put the world on a path to 2°C warming (or less), humanity is voluntarily choosing to sharply boost the chances of the worst kinds of droughts — including the kind of multi-decade megadroughts that in the past have overturned entire civilizations.[read more]

How Solar Can Help in a Social Movement Against Climate Change

September 4, 2014 by Rosana Francescato
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Climate Change, Solar, and Social Movements

The conventional wisdom is that it’s all about cost. Consumers, most solar salespeople would tell you, are simply interested in saving money on their power bills. But increasingly, cost is not the only factor as consumers in the U.S. and elsewhere choose solar power for environmental reasons.[read more]