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From Waste to Jobs: Growing California's Economy through Recycling [INFOGRAPHIC]

March 14, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

California and Recycling

Recycling is one of the most common of all environmental activities, and it’s also a great way to save natural resources. Recycling keeps useful materials out of landfills and incinerators, and using recovered materials to make new products and packages saves resources such as trees and metal ores.[read more]


Radiation: The Facts

March 3, 2014 by Robert Hargraves

Radiation Facts

Nuclear power can solve the global crises of air pollution deaths and climate change, help developing nations escape poverty, and let industrialized nations improve economic growth. The primary obstacle to nuclear power is misunderstanding of radiation safety. Radiation is safe within limits.[read more]

How Much Energy are We Flushing Down the Drain?

February 26, 2014 by Catherine Wolfram

Wasted Water and Energy

California is in the middle of a drought. In the Bay Area, that has meant day after day of glorious, sunny winter weather. I am haunted by media images of dry creek beds and by my own mental images of driving by the Rim Fire near Yosemite last summer. Who knows what this summer will bring?[read more]

Can Coal Fly Ash Waste Be Put To Good Use?

February 24, 2014 by Edward Dodge

Coal Fly Ash Waste

A huge coal ash spill was discovered on at the Duke Energy power plant in North Carolina that has caused significant damage to the Dan River. The spill was caused when a storm drain pipe that runs underneath the containment pond collapsed and allowed 82,000 tons of ash to flow into the river.[read more]

Coal Ash: Why it is Better Recycled Than as a Waste

February 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Coal Ash Waste and Recycling

EPA has announced that the two primary encapsulated uses of coal ash are safe, so recyclers have no legitimate remaining arguments to support their previous requests for a weak coal ash rule. Coal burning utilities stated that regulating coal ash waste would hurt the market for recycling of coal ash.[read more]

Carbon Conversion is Key to Solving Climate Change Problems

February 10, 2014 by Edward Dodge

Carbon Conversion

In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law an amendment to the Clean Air Act that mandated emissions reductions of the harmful pollutant sulfur dioxide, SO2, from coal-fired power plants. The government did not instruct industry how to achieve the reductions, only that they were required to.[read more]

Economic Rewards Through Renovation

February 4, 2014 by Sadhbh Ní Hógáin

In the following interview, Adrian Joyce, the director of the Renovate Europe Campaign, discusses various subjects including targets, strategies, and how energy efficient renovation can help to renew economies that may be lagging behind.[read more]

The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Energy Saving Light Bulbs

February 2, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson

Energy Saving Light Bulbs

If you spend ten minutes reading this post, then I promise you that by the end of it you’ll actually understand how to buy an efficient low energy light bulb. In return I’ll try not to bore you senseless. Ready? Let’s do this. With five simple questions.[read more]

How to Save the World in Ten Days

January 25, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia

Alright, you probably won’t save the world, but with these ten tips, you’ll at least be able to do your part in protecting our planet. If you’re new to the whole “going green” thing, I suggest taking on one of these challenges each day for the next ten days.[read more]

My Carbon Footprint in 2012

December 17, 2013 by Lindsay Wilson

Carbon Footprint

Writing a blog about reducing your carbon footprint is much, much easier than actually cutting your footprint. This post is where the rubber meets the road. It details my carbon footprint from 2012, the things I did, the things I didn’t do and my struggles along the way.[read more]

Good Business: Karton Chernozemie

December 14, 2013 by Charles Arthur

Russian Refuse

According to a recent report by the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC), more than 48 million metric tons of municipal solid waste was generated in the Russian Federation in 2010, 95% of which was sent for disposal, mostly in landfill sites.[read more]

Three Key Facts About the New Methane Paper

November 28, 2013 by Steve Everley

A new study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that EPA’s greenhouse gas inventory may be underestimating total methane emissions in the United States, possibly by as much as 50 percent.[read more]

Information Technology and Sustainability

November 27, 2013 by Steve Seidel

Federal agencies that are trying to meet tougher sustainability mandates can make significant progress toward their goals by taking advantage of more efficient data storage and other information and communication technologies.[read more]

Cutting Energy Waste By Running Buildings Better

October 25, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Building Inefficiency

Most people know that upgrading light fixtures and windows can reduce energy waste in office buildings, but even the experts may be surprised to learn just how much energy can be saved by simply running our existing office buildings better.[read more]

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NYC’s Chance to Become a World-Class Leader in Urban Sustainability

October 11, 2013 by Simon Sylvester-Chaudhuri

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Despite all of the cleantech innovation that’s occurring daily in the Big Apple, two large, dark, seemingly unrelated clouds continue to loom over the City’s path toward sustainability: heavy-duty vehicles and vast amounts of waste. But a potential solution to both problems could emerge from an unlikely source.[read more]