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Supreme Court: EPA Should Have Considered Cost When Deciding Whether Mercury Limits For Power Plants Were Appropriate

July 2, 2015 by James Coleman

EPA Regulations and Considering Costs

The United States Supreme Court held that the Environmental Protection Agency improperly refused to consider costs when determining whether it was “appropriate and necessary” to regulate mercury emissions from power plants under the Clean Air Act.[read more]

Revising the Toxic Substances Out-of-Control Act

July 2, 2015 by Steven Cohen

It's good that America had a bipartisan environmental majority in past, or our air today would be unbreathable and our water would be undrinkable. Fortunately, laws governing air and water pollution, solid and hazardous waste, endangered species, and toxic substances were enacted during those crucial decades.[read more]

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Watering Down the Energy Debate

June 29, 2015 by David Hess
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Energy Debate

Water is essential for the production of energy. Energy facilities both consume water and have impacts on the aquatic ecosystems they interact with. These interactions are complex however and it is a mistake to over-simplify – one we must avoid if we are to meet our future energy needs sustainably.[read more]

The Common Goals of the Pope and Clean Energy

June 26, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

The Pope and Clean Energy

Pope Francis turned a keen eye toward the environment and the problem of climate change with his encyclical,“Laudato Si” (“Praised Be”), released yesterday. As a clean energy advocate, I’m heartened that Pope Francis recognizes the need to transform our energy system.[read more]

On Pragmatic Conservation

There is a debate among conservationists over the future of protected areas. On one side are groups that do things like work with countries to site hydroelectric dams so they are less destructive. Then there's groups like the Center for Biological Diversity that sue governments to protect endangered species.[read more]

From Multi-Year Drought To Flash Flooding: "Weather Whiplash" Explained

June 4, 2015 by Joseph Romm
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Climate Change and Weather Whiplash

In a warming climate with more and more water vapor in the air, mega-droughts will tend to be interspersed with more intense rain storms — weather whiplash.[read more]

Water, the West, and the Clean Power Plan

June 2, 2015 by Tom Plant

Water and EPA Regulations

While much of the attention related to EPA’s Clean Power Plan is focused, appropriately, on the emissions and economic benefits of the new standards, a report just released by the CNA Corporation identified another benefit that may end up being worth more than all the other impacts combined: water.[read more]

No Climate Change Progress without 'Climate Proofing' and Funding for Asia's Developing Countries

June 1, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Asia and Climate Risk

The Asian Development Bank recently called for “climate proofing” – to borrow a term used by Preety Bhandari, who heads ADB’s Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Unit – low-lying or coastal cities in Asia requiring the trifecta of sound integrated planning, adequate resources and political commitment.[read more]

Nearly Half of Western U.S. Power Plants Vulnerable to Climate Change

June 1, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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Power Plant Risk

The desert Southwest will be the hardest hit.

The ever-worsening effects of climate change could hamper electric generating capacity in the Western United States during peak summertime energy use by about 3 percent on average, and up to nearly 9 percent if there is ongoing drought.[read more]

Heat Wave Preparedness in Action: What Ahmedabad is Doing Right Now

June 1, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

India Heat Risk

The tragic heat wave in India - with a current death toll over 1,800 - has raised a lot of attention to the dire threat of rising temperatures. The question many are asking is, what can local governments do to prepare for future heat waves and mitigate the terrible effects of heat on people?[read more]

Oh, happy day! Clean Water Rule adopted!

May 29, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

EPA and Clean Water

One in three Americans - a total of 117 million of us -- relies on public drinking water systems that draw supply from headwater, seasonal, or rain-dependent streams.[read more]

Santa Barbara pipeline spill highlights threats of tar sands expansion into the West Coast

May 22, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Pipelines and the Coastal Environment

This spill in Santa Barbara uncovers the gap between industry's rhetoric and reality, revealing risks associated with oil transportation infrastructure, the poor record of leak detection technology, and the inadequacy of spill response[read more]

DC Water Announces New Proposal to Clean Up Rivers Using Green Infrastructure Instead of Tunnels

May 22, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Green Infrastructure and Cleaner Waterways

Washington DC's water and sewer utility will use green infrastructure to catch rainfall and prevent sewage overflows into the Potomac River and Rock Creek instead of building the underground tunnels it had originally planned.[read more]

President Obama Regrettably Approves Oil Drilling in the Arctic Ocean

May 18, 2015 by Henry Auer
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President Obama granted conditional approval to Shell to begin drilling in the Arctic Ocean off of Alaska. In addition to generating grave misgivings about possible environmental damage from drilling accidents, this decision represents a major compromise with the President’s own policies on global warming.[read more]

Three Reasons Why New Flood Protection Standards Are a Good Idea

May 7, 2015 by Peter Lehner

Federal Flood Policies

President Obama recently updated federal flood protection standards. These are the criteria government agencies use when building their own facilities, as well as when they decide whether to finance large public projects, such as train or bus terminals, electric transfer stations, or wastewater treatment plants.[read more]