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Another Major Climate Breakthrough: China Will Cap its Coal Consumption by 2020

Barbara Finamore, Senior Attorney and Asia Director, Beijing. This blog was co-authored with Susan Finder, author of the Supreme People’s Court Monitor blog.Hard on the heels of last week’s historic US-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change, in...

Posted November 26, 2014    

Moving Forward on Climate Protection: India Engages with World Leaders on Phasing Down HFCs

Anjali Jaiswal, Senior Attorney, San Francisco. This post is written with Bhaskar Deol at the Montreal Protocol Meeting of the Parties in Paris.After six years of gridlock, India is stepping forward in discussions with over 180 countries on...

Posted November 25, 2014    

White House Climate Preparedness Task Force Releases Recommendations and Tools

Theo Spencer, Senior Advocate, Climate Center, New YorkHopefully, the momentum is growing.The Obama Administration has made clear we’ve got to prepare for the impacts created by the carbon pollution we’ve already dumped into the atmosphere, not just...

Posted November 21, 2014    

Senate Rejects Bid to Force Approval of Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, Director of Programs, Washington, D.C.Despite strong lobbying by oil-industry allies, the U.S. Senate defeated an effort to approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The Senate vote reaffirms a commitment to fight climate...

Posted November 20, 2014    

Cooling India: Financing the Cost of Transition to Refrigerants with Lower Climate-Change Impact

Anjali Jaiswal, Senior Attorney, San Francisco. Joint guest blog with Bhaskar Deol, NRDC India Representative based in New DelhiWith the world’s leading scientists finding that cutting climate change pollution is affordable and essential and with...

Posted November 19, 2014    

RGGI States' Clean Power Plan Comments Prove We Can Cut More Carbon Pollution Fast

Jackson Morris, Director, Eastern Energy, Danville, Pa.Last week, the nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states that participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) submitted their comments about the Clean Power Plan (CPP)—the EPA’s...

Posted November 18, 2014    

New Report Shows Remarkable Reduction in Water Use by Power Plants

Becky Hayat, Project Attorney, Santa Monica, CaliforniaAmong all the things that we use less of today than in 1970 – paper maps, postage stamps, and cameras without a phone are some of the items that immediately come to mind – water is the next...

Posted November 17, 2014    

Missing The Big Picture About California's Low Electric Bills Again

Sierra Martinez, Legal Director, California Energy Projects, San FranciscoDespite all the facts, the myth that Californians pay a lot of money for their electricity every month continues to be perpetuated, with its proponents using their misguided...

Posted November 16, 2014    

Environmental Standards Will Help Reduce Consumer Electricity Bills

John Moore, Senior Attorney – The Sustainable FERC Project, ChicagoThe electric power industry is changing, driven by many factors. Leading the way are quintessential marketplace factors like fuel price changes and the emergence of new technologies...

Posted November 6, 2014    

A New Flank in China's War on Pollution? Controlling Emissions from Ports and Shipping

Barbara Finamore, Senior Attorney and Asia Director, BeijingAs President Obama and other Asia-Pacific leaders gather in Beijing for the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, climate change and air pollution will undoubtedly be on the...

Posted November 5, 2014    

Halloween Energy Vampires Survival Guide 2014

Noah Horowitz, Senior Scientist and Director of the Center for Energy Efficiency, San Francisco, CAHalloween Warning: There are energy vampires lurking in your home that are disguised as normal appliances and electronics. These bloodthirsty...

Posted October 31, 2014    

India's Latest Step Towards Becoming Solar Energy Leader

Anjali Jaiswal, Senior Attorney, San Francisco. Co-authored by Meredith Connolly, NRDC Energy Law and Policy FellowIn the midst of celebrating Diwali, the festival of lights, India is making progress in expanding its solar energy market. The...

Posted October 28, 2014