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While Some Lawmakers Offer Outdated Ideas for Drought, California Proves Power of Water Efficiency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

Making it Safer to Breathe in Hong Kong and Beyond

I traveled to Hong Kong last week and was greeted by a layer of smog. The city’s famous skyline was marred by haze, and the pollution in the air exceeded World Health Organization guidelines four out of the five days I was there. I loved exploring...

Posted November 24, 2013    

Demanding Clean Energy

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that 1 in 20 Americans live within a mile of a fracking site. That means more people than ever before have drill pads, toxic wastewater pits, and heavy truck traffic coming into their backyards and...

Posted November 11, 2013    

The Clean Energy Way to Fight Climate Change

Several leading climate scientists have embraced nuclear power as the way to lick global climate change and there's a new movie out trying to make the case.We understand the urgency. Climate change is the central environmental ill of our time. We...

Posted November 10, 2013    

Wildfire Smoke Puts at Risk the Health of Americans Living far From the Flames

People in Western Australia continue to battle more than 60 wildfires raging across the region. The fires have left unprecedented destruction in their wake, creeping close to Sydney and devouring hundreds of homes. Yet the damage doesn’t end there....

Posted October 27, 2013    

The Many Ways the Government Shutdown Hurt Public Health and the Environment

After 16 long days, the government shutdown has finally come to an end. It is a relief to know that hundreds of thousands public servants can return to work and that critical programs protecting our health and the environment will fully function...

Posted October 18, 2013