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Obama Plan Helps Communities Prepare for Extreme Weather Brought on by Climate Change

New Yorkers remember all too well the alarm we felt as Superstorm Sandy pounded our city. Apartment buildings and hospitals were swamped, and entire neighborhoods went without power for days. People who lost their homes or businesses spent months...

Posted July 18, 2014    

Carbon Standards Should Reduce Our Dependence on All Fossil Fuels

Leaders from across the nation have welcomed the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed limits on carbon pollution from power plants. It’s been inspiring to see the outpouring of support from lawmakers, public health experts, more than 170...

Posted June 13, 2014    

What Climate Change Means for Your Garden, Flower Pots, and Favorite Park

This is one of my favorite times of year in New York City. Lilacs and peonies are blooming, and roses are right around the corner. My mother taught me to watch for these signs of spring. She was so familiar with the progression of plants she could...

Posted May 31, 2014    

Cities Are Already Cutting Carbon Pollution, New National Standards Will Expand Their Progress

Miami is known for glittering ocean-front hotels and sleek office towers, but most people don’t realize the city is turning its skyline into a tool for addressing climate change. All new large buildings constructed in Miami are designed to save...

Posted May 21, 2014    

Four Years After BP Oil Disaster Many Lessons Remain Unlearned

Four years ago this weekend, the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, killing 11 men and sending 170 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.  I flew over the site after the blowout and was stunned by the vast reach of the oil and the...

Posted April 20, 2014    

While Some Lawmakers Offer Outdated Ideas for Drought, California Proves Power of Water Efficiency

A few weeks ago, I got to see Californians experience something they hadn’t in a long time: a downpour.  It was a welcome gift, but it wasn’t enough. Even with the wet weather, roughly 90 percent of California is still in severe or exceptional...

Posted March 20, 2014    

Climate Change Hits Home with Another Round of Extreme Weather Events in 2013

I just returned from California and was struck by how devastating the state’s drought has become. People talked about it everywhere I went, wondering what it means for people and the economy. I can see why they are worried. Last year was the driest...

Posted February 14, 2014    

Victory for the Arctic Ocean: No Drilling Next Summer or Maybe Ever

The wild Arctic Ocean just got a blast of good news. Yesterday Shell Oil bowed to the inevitable and announced it will not be drilling for oil off the coast of Alaska this summer. Now the region’s coastal villages and its whales, dolphins, and polar...

Posted February 5, 2014    

Obama Reaffirms Commitment to Climate Action in State of the Union

Frances Beinecke, President of NRDC, New York CityPresident Obama forcefully reaffirmed his commitment to curbing carbon pollution in the State of the Union Address. He said unequivocally that climate change poses significant threats to our...

Posted January 30, 2014    

Obama Administration Starts the New Year with More Climate Action

Frances Beinecke, President of NRDC, New York City2014 has kicked off with welcome progress in the fight against climate change. On Wednesday, the Obama Administration published limits on carbon pollution from new power plants. This step confirms...

Posted January 11, 2014    

Top Clean Energy and Climate Breakthroughs in 2013

The United States broke one record after another for extreme weather in 2013. From deadly floods in Colorado to prolonged drought across the Southwest, Americans saw what unchecked climate change can do to our communities. But we also witnessed...

Posted December 24, 2013    

Biggest and Smartest Corporations Already Accounting for Carbon Pollution in Business Plans

Twenty-nine corporations, including five major oil companies, are starting to account for coming carbon limits in their business plans, according to a new report by CDP. These companies recognize the era of unlimited pollution will soon end, and it’...

Posted December 10, 2013