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Sustainability: Reconfiguring the Relationship Between Humanity, Energy, and the Natural World

August 21, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Sustainability and Relationships

A new ‘zeitgeist’ is increasingly taking hold in growing pockets of society, politics and the business world. All indications point to one direction – towards the concept of ‘sustainability’ dominating human behavior and thinking in the twenty-first century.[read more]

Floridians Should be Empowered to Help Fight Climate Change

August 10, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Florida and Climate Change

Things are definitely picking up steam in Florida and on a wide variety of efforts to urge Governor Rick Scott to come up with a strong plan for reducing carbon pollution. Since the release of the National Climate Assessment, there has been a growing concern among Floridians about the impacts of climate change.[read more]

As Emissions Fall, Greens Increasingly Embrace Shale Gas

May 16, 2014 by Steve Everley

For many years, environmental activists have pushed for bans, moratoria, or other restrictions on fracking, alleging the process is a threat to public health and the environment. But in recent months, increasing numbers of environmentalists have distanced themselves from the “ban fracking” agenda.[read more]

Reality Check: Society Pays for Carbon Pollution and That's no Benefit

February 5, 2014 by Gernot Wagner

This open letter, co-authored by Jeremy Proville and first published on EDF Voices, was written in response to a New York Times article citing Dr. Roger Bezdek’s report on “The Social Costs of Carbon? No, The Social Benefits of Carbon.”[read more]

The Missing Urgency Over Climate Change

January 22, 2014 by Lou Grinzo

One of, if not the, bedrock issue(s) we face regarding climate change is urgency. Put simply, how bad is it, really? Any reasonable person would conclude that the situation is quite urgent. In particular, consider the knock-on effects of sea level rise on coastal population centers and farmland around the world.[read more]

Negotiation Myopia Misses Groundswell of Climate Action

December 5, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

COP 19 and Action

I have just returned from the most recent round of international climate negotiations in Warsaw. While many observers were discouraged and hundreds of civil society activists walked out on the talks, I came away somewhat more optimistic.[read more]

$26,000 Social Media Campaign Trumps $900,000 Oil and Gas Ad Buy

November 18, 2013 by Mitchell Beer

Social Media and Drilling

The oil and gas industry outspent anti-natural gas fracking forces $900,000 to $26,000 in three recent ballot initiatives. The oil and gas industry lost. Social media and smart, honest content may be what ended up making the difference.[read more]

Nuclear Energy and Nuclear Weapons Are Not Inherently Linked As a Single Enterprise

November 13, 2013 by Rod Adams

The use of uranium, thorium, and plutonium for massively powerful weapons continues to be fundamentally linked in a single enterprise with the beneficial use of those same elements for a wide range of purposes that have nothing to do with wanting to control, terrorize or kill people.[read more]

Science, Extraordinary Conclusions, and Entering the Metricene

November 13, 2013 by Lou Grinzo

Naomi Klein recently authored an article about how science is telling us all to revolt. It’s a perfect example of the kind of unsettling, yet incredibly hard to refute, piece that has been appearing more and more often from climate communicators.[read more]

74 Percent Of Voters Back EPA Power Plant Emissions Regulation

November 1, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

EPA Power Plant Regulation

Fighting emissions regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency must be a winning national electoral issue, right? Otherwise why would so many politicians fight so hard to allow power plants to keep spewing pollution into the air? Um, not so much.[read more]

Has the Flood of Interest in IPCC and Climate Change Dissipated?

October 11, 2013 by Simon Donner

IPCC Report Interest

The release of the IPCC report caused a short surge in public interest about climate change, according the Google Trends search data. Like a river after a flood, the waters have receded. Ten days later, the flood wave has dissipated, and search volume is back to baseline.[read more]

An 88 Million Barrel Oil Surprise in Pittsburgh

August 29, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Oil Industry in Pittsburgh

Last night the City of Pittsburgh held a public meeting on the proposed mega oil terminal called “WesPac”, that has quietly been under development for the past two years. The project would bring in 242,000 barrels of crude oil per day, or 88 million barrels annually.[read more]

Media Coverage of Pollution in China and the U.S.

June 8, 2013 by Sieren Ernst

Neither the deadly smog nor environmental protests are new in Beijing. The attention these issues are getting both from the international press and the Chinese middle class is new, however.[read more]

Nuclear Energy: Truth vs Fear

June 3, 2013 by Milton Caplan

Fear is a powerful emotion. But the time has come to get the message out and show how much nuclear power contributes to society, and how necessary it is in a high energy resource intensive world.[read more]


Denmark: Community Wind Energy Movement in Retreat [INFOGRAPHIC]

May 29, 2013 by Aedan Kernan

Denmark is seen as the great wind energy success story. But the number of ordinary Danes participating in the wind power sector actually decreased for many years.[read more]