Oh, happy day! Clean Water Rule adopted!

May 29, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

EPA and Clean Water

One in three Americans - a total of 117 million of us -- relies on public drinking water systems that draw supply from headwater, seasonal, or rain-dependent streams.[read more]

New Documents Reveal Canada Not Serious on Addressing Tar Sands Emissions

November 9, 2013 by Danielle Droitsch

Freedom of information documents makes public that Canadian climate policies under consideration will still lead to significant increases in tar sands carbon pollution. This comes days after the Canadian government released its annual report on greenhouse gas emissions.[read more]

Dr. Kim Sweeps World Bank Policy Violations on Tata Mundra Coal Plant Under the Rug

October 29, 2013 by Justin Guay

Tata Mundra Coal Plant

Just a few short months ago the World Bank got itself on the right side of history by placing severe restrictions on coal finance. That was thanks in large part to World Bank President Dr. Kim's leadership. Now the institutions past transgressions are coming back to haunt him.[read more]

US, China, G-20 Make Progress Curbing HFC Pollutants in St. Petersburg Summit

September 9, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

The world’s biggest countries took steps at the St. Petersburg G-20 summit today towards an agreement to phase down the super-potent heat-trapping chemicals called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The group agreed to work together under the Montreal Protocol.[read more]

A Cleaner Future For China Lays Ahead

September 6, 2013 by Joshua Hill

Coal’s dominant share of China’s power capacity is set to be slowly eroded over the next twenty years, thanks primarily to the growth of the country’s renewable sector, in particular large hydro, which is set to account for more than half of new power plants before 2030.[read more]

James Hansen on Nuclear Energy [VIDEO]

August 12, 2013 by Joseph Koblich

Nuclear Energy, Health, and Pollution

James Hansen, former head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, earlier this year co-authored a study that conservatively estimated that nuclear power has saved 1.8 million lives since 1971 that would have been lost due to fossil fuel pollution.[read more]

Update on Coal Ash Pollution: In Words and on Film

August 5, 2013 by Bill Chameides

Coal is the dirtiest fossil fuel we’ve got. We get more pollution from coal than from petroleum and way more than from natural gas. Most goes up in smoke, so to speak. It’s emitted as gas or as fine particles that find their way up through the smokestack and into the atmosphere.[read more]

Fracking Facts: Four Questions About UTA Water Quality Study

July 29, 2013 by Steve Everley

A new study suggests at least a correlative link between well water contaminants and natural gas development. Researchers sampled water wells in north Texas that sit atop the Barnett Shale and compared them against historical water quality data from the same counties.[read more]

Oil and Gas Repeatedly Violates Law, With States Not Using Carrots or Sticks

July 18, 2013 by Amy Mall

A new investigation confirms the worst fears of citizens across the country who live near fracking sites: state regulators are not doing everything they can to prevent oil and gas companies from repeatedly violating the law.[read more]

Oil and Gas Industry Violating Air Pollution Rules in Colorado

July 14, 2013 by Amy Mall

According to a recent report in the Fort Collins Coloradoan, oil and gas companies violated Colorado air quality rules 73 times in the first three months of this year alone.[read more]

Oil and Gas Industry Continues Dismal Environmental Record

July 9, 2013 by Amy Mall

A new report on spills found that there were more than 6,000 spills and other mishaps reported at onshore oil and gas sites in 2012, an average of more than 16 spills a day.[read more]

EPA Pressured to Weaken Oil, Gas Science and Environmental Protections

July 5, 2013 by Amy Mall

There is now a pattern of the EPA stepping down from important cases of drinking water contamination that are linked to oil and gas operations, and communities across America with oil and gas development want to know why.[read more]

Population Growth and Pollution: the Facts Continue to be Ignored

July 2, 2013 by Robert Wilson

Population Growth

Population growth is often referred to as the elephant in the room, but the facts indicate that the population bomb is being defused, and that continued worries are a deflection of the cause of a problem away from those who have caused it.[read more]

Soot Pollution - the Number Two Contributor to Climate Change?

January 18, 2013 by Kristopher Settle

Coal via Shutterstock

Soot is defined as the particulate matter released by the burning of fossil fuels, mainly coal. It is often a black substance that is deemed harmful because the dark particles cause warming by absorbing heat in the air. On a grand scale, black carbon also quickens the melting of glaciers. It is now listed as the number two human contributor to climate change.[read more]

What Will Limits on Soot Pollution Mean for Energy Production?

January 14, 2013 by Sarah Battaglia

Last week, the EPA created a new standard that will limit the amount of soot produced from manufacturers, power plants, diesel engines, and other polluters. he cost to implement this would range from $53 million to $350 million, but estimates have also shown that it will save up to 40,000 lives, while cutting annual health care bills by up to $9 billion.[read more]