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Fed Up with Our Dysfunctional Food System

Americans consume more processed and packaged food than just about anyone else in the world. Processed foods, many of which contain added sugar, preservatives, and chemical additives, are hard-wired into our food system, and make up the majority of...

Posted April 13, 2014    

Yes, Climate Change Is Here: Yes, We Can Solve It

The latest report by the Nobel-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change sounds a piercing alarm about the dangers every nation faces from runaway climate change. Climate change, the IPCC scientists tell us, is already jeopardizing food...

Posted April 10, 2014    

Spring Energy Fix: Lower Your Bills with LED Light Bulbs

Spring is here at last, bringing relief from a seemingly endless winter and the painfully high energy bills that went along with it. Not needing to turn on the heat due to warmer weather is a surefire way to bring down your energy costs. Another...

Posted April 2, 2014    

Closing Clean Water Act Loophole Will Restore Drinking Water and Flood Protections for Millions

Like millions of Americans, I love the water. I love to swim, boat and fish, as do many of my family and friends. We all recall swimming in dirty water; it wasn’t all that uncommon a few decades ago. I even recall being told I would need a hepatitis...

Posted March 27, 2014    

Cold Winters Bring High Energy Bills, and a Need for More Energy Efficient Homes

Winter storm Titan dumped snow and ice over a wide swath of the country recently. Federal government offices in Virginia and Maryland shut down as residents dug out from under 6 to 9 inches of snow. Hundreds of motorists skidded and crashed on icy...

Posted March 11, 2014    

Over Oil Industry Objections, EPA Sets Lifesaving New Standards for Gasoline and Tailpipe Pollution

When I worked for the City of New York, I often asked people what they felt was the worst environmental problem. Many said tailpipe pollution. Emissions from the tailpipes of cars and trucks seemed particularly insulting because – as we...

Posted March 8, 2014    

Roads Change Everything

In Alaska, when politicians talk about building “Roads to Resources”-- new roads through pristine areas to get access to fossil fuels and minerals--the road often appears as a thin line on a map. No big deal.In reality, a road changes everything....

Posted February 15, 2014    

Strong Support for Clean Energy, and the Jobs It Creates, Crosses Party Lines

A new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) says the renewable energy industry is responsible for 615,000 jobs in the United States. That’s hundreds of thousands of Americans working to provide this country with clean energy...

Posted February 9, 2014    

Smarter, Safer Flood Insurance in a Warmer, Riskier Climate

Peter Lehner, Executive Director, New York CityScientists at Rutgers University recently published a startling projection about sea level rise for anyone considering buying or rebuilding on the Jersey Shore. In the time it would take a homeowner to...

Posted January 27, 2014    

Clean Energy Continues to Be a Smart Investment

Renewable energy isn’t just about cutting pollution. It also helps keep our homes heated and the lights on during extreme weather. When frigid temperatures last week caused the unexpected shutdown of two power plants in Texas, wind energy stepped in...

Posted January 16, 2014    

Five Reasons Why 2013 Was Not a Waste

This year we saw a lot of smart, efficient solutions, many of which NRDC helped drive, being put into place to cut waste in this country. We waste an awful lot of resources, including 40 percent of our food and more than half our energy. By...

Posted January 1, 2014    

Wind Energy and Wildlife Protection Must Go Together

Peter Lehner, Executive Director, New York CityWe need to move as quickly as possible to the clean energy future, and scaling up wind power will be a big part of the solution. Wind and other clean, renewable energy will help end our reliance on...

Posted December 20, 2013