Environmental News: Media Center


Our Expert Finder is a guide to the NRDC's environmental experts and the issues that they cover in their work. To arrange for interviews with or comments from any of our lawyers, scientists and analysts, please contact the appropriate press officer. If you are not a member of the press, please write to us at nrdcinfo@nrdc.org or see our contact page.

BROADCAST JOURNALISTS: Get broadcast-quality video here.


In Ad and Letter, Nobel Laureates Urge Obama to Deny Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline
WASHINGTON (April 16, 2014) – Ten Nobel Peace Prize laureates today are urging President Obama to deny the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, citing the moral imperative of protecting some of the world’s most vulnerable populations from the devastating effects of climate change. The laureates include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former President Jimmy Carter, and landmine activist Jody Williams.

California Fails to Protect Drinking Water from Toxic “Erin Brockovich” Chemical
SAN FRANCISCO (April 15, 2014) – The California Department of Public Health today announced its final drinking water standard for the toxic chemical hexavalent chromium made infamous in the film Erin Brockovich. The state’s new Maximum Contaminant Level of 10 parts per billion is 500 times greater than the level identified as safe by the California Environmental Protection Agency.

NRDC Welcomes Change in Direction of Bill to Support California’s Climate Plan
SACRAMENTO (April 14, 2014) – California Senate pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) today offered a new plan to invest auction proceeds from California’s groundbreaking clean energy law, the Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32).

UN Experts Issue Dire Warning about Climate Change
WASHINGTON (April 13, 2014) -- The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change today issued its latest report with an urgent call to action.

Interior Department Adopts a More Balanced Approach toward Land Management
WASHINGTON (April 10, 2014) – The Interior Department today unveiled a new, more balanced approach toward managing our public lands, a policy shift that will give equal weight to the protection of our natural resources.

NRDC: Water Agencies’ Drought Plan Needs Balance
SACRAMENTO (April 9, 2014)  The California Department of Water Resources and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation today released their proposed 2014 Drought Operations Plan, a proposal that waives key environmental standards to the detriment of the majority of Californians.

REPORT: Nearly 300,000 New Yorkers Flooded in Sandy Lived Outside FEMA Flood Zones
NEW YORK (April 8, 2014) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s flood maps for New York City did not identify that nearly 65 percent of the area inundated during Hurricane Sandy—home to nearly 300,000 people—was at risk from coastal flooding, according to a new analysis from the Natural Resources Defense Council. The report tallies the human toll and impact to critical infrastructure like schools and hospitals.

NRDC Report: Potentially Unsafe Chemicals in Food Threaten Public Health
WASHINGTON (April 7, 2014) – Federal protections to keep potentially unsafe chemicals out of our foods are woefully inadequate and may be putting the health of Americans at risk, a Natural Resources Defense Council investigation found.

Rio Tinto Divests from Pebble Mine
WASHINGTON (April 7, 2014) -- In the latest departure from the proposed Pebble Mine in southwest Alaska, British mining giant Rio Tinto announced today that it is divesting its interest in the embattled project by donating its shares to two Alaska charitable foundations.

Citing Climate Damage, More than 100 Scientists, Economists Urge Obama and Kerry to Reject Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline
WASHINGTON (April 7, 2014) – More than 100 leading scientists and economists are calling on the Obama Administration to deny the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline because it will trigger massive development of the world’s dirtiest oil, and escalate climate change. They include Nobel Prize winners in physics and economics, and lead authors of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports.

See all press releases »

Sign up for NRDC's online newsletter

See the latest issue >

NRDC Gets Top Ratings from the Charity Watchdogs

Charity Navigator awards NRDC its 4-star top rating.
Worth magazine named NRDC one of America's 100 best charities.
NRDC meets the highest standards of the Wise Giving Alliance of the Better Business Bureau.

Donate now >

Share | |
Find NRDC on