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NRDC: Congress Wrong to Try to Block Federal Flood Standards, New Interactive Mapping Tool Shows

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 30, 2015) – By showing how rebuilding in the wake of floods leads to steep federal costs, a new interactive map and analysis unveiled today by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) illustrates why it’s so important for Congress to keep in place the Obama Administration’s updated federal flood protection standards.

NRDC: India’s New International Solar Alliance Will Propel Clean Energy and Protect the Climate
PARIS (November 30, 2015)—India formally launched an International Solar Alliance today at the COP21 climate negotiations as part of its effort to advance a low-carbon economy powered substantially by solar energy, demonstrating once again its global leadership in clean energy.

NRDC President: Paris Climate Agreement Must be Ambitious
PARIS (November 30, 2015) – President Obama today addressed leaders from more than 150 nations on the opening day of landmark climate talks in Paris that seek to reach a new and durable international agreement to curb the worst impacts of climate change. 

NRDC: In Paris Leaders Must Accelerate Clean Energy and Protect Our Children from Climate Change
WASHINGTON (November 27, 2015) – Leaders from more than 150 nations around the world are gathering next week in Paris for crucial negotiations, hoping to reach a new international agreement addressing the global environmental challenge of our time, climate change.

EPA Asks Court To Nix Pesticide Linked to Butterfly Decline
WASHINGTON (November 25, 2015) — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reversed course and yesterday asked a federal court to remove Dow AgroSciences’ Enlist Duo from the market. NRDC sued EPA last year to challenge the agency’s approval of Enlist Duo, and EPA is now abandoning its defense of that decision in court. 

Five States and D.C. to Look at Options to Jointly Reduce Transportation Sector Carbon Emissions
NEW YORK (November 24, 2015) –  Five Northeastern states and the District of Columbia announced a commitment today to look at options to jointly reduce carbon emissions from their transportation sectors, including market-based possibilities building upon the success of the highly successful Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

Alberta to Limit Carbon Emissions from Tar Sands Sector
WASHINGTON (November 22, 2015) – The provincial government of Alberta, Canada, today announced that it will limit, over time, emissions from the tar sands crude oil sector, which produces one of the dirtiest and most carbon-intensive energy sources in the world.

Report: Steam Heat Fixes to NYC Apartments Could Save Owners Nearly $150 Million Annually, Cut Climate Pollution
NEW YORK (November 20, 2015) – Energy efficiency upgrades to the steam heating systems found in the vast majority of New York City apartments could save building owners $147 million in annual energy costs and maintenance savings, help the city meet its goals for cutting carbon emissions, and improve  apartment living for millions of New Yorkers.

Robert Redford: World Leaders Should “Take Bold Action” in Paris Climate Agreement
WASHINGTON (November 20, 2015) – With a crucial climate summit beginning soon in Paris, Robert Redford has released a video kicking off a citizen petition drive calling on world leaders to “take bold action” to avoid the damaging impacts of climate change.

NRDC Report: Can Cover Crops Combat Climate Change and Drought?

CHICAGO (November 19, 2015) – As harvest season ends and farmers in the United States ready themselves for winter, one small change could make a huge difference in their soil’s health and the health of our climate-impacted world: planting cover crops.

A report released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) finds cover crops can suck tons of carbon pollution from the air, significantly cut crop losses and prevent the loss of a trillion gallons of water. In fact, planting cover crops on half the corn and soybean acres in the top 10 agricultural states (California, Iowa, Texas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Illinois, Kansas, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Indiana) could sequester  more than 19 million metric tons of carbon annually – the equivalent of taking more than 4 million cars off the road.

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