Scientists warn that the damage wreaked by Hurricane Sandy is a glimpse of what is to come with future storms as climate change fuels rising seas and more powerful extreme weather events. NRDC's analysis of the damage, in human terms, finds New York City not yet prepared for this future. New York City is not alone, and the impact of Sandy highlights the vulnerability of coastal cities nationwide. Read more
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When President Eisenhower signed the Food Additives Amendment of 1958, he established a regulatory program intended to restore public confidence that chemicals added to foods are safe, exempting from the formal, extended FDA approval process common food ingredients like vinegar and vegetable oil that are "generally recognized as safe" (GRAS). It may have appeared reasonable at the time, but that exemption has been stretched into a loophole that has swallowed the law. When manufacturers make safety determinations that the uses of their newest chemicals in food are safe without notifying the FDA, then the FDA cannot do its job. Read more
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Snowpack normally provides one-third of the water used by California's cities and farms each year. But if drought conditions persist, this year's April snowpack measurements could be among the lowest since state snow surveys began in 1930. The dramatic declines in snowpack and changes in streamflow timing raise serious flags about California's outdated approach to water supply storage, requiring the state to reconsider and change how new and existing reservoirs are managed. Read more
Cleaner and Cheaper: Using the Clean Air Act to Sharply Reduce Carbon Pollution from Existing Power Plants
Posted by Dan Lashof, March 20, 2014
An updated analysis of NRDC's ground-breaking 2012 proposal to cut carbon pollution from America's power plants shows that the plan can achieve even greater reductions than previously thought, and at less cost. The NRDC approach would yield $28 billion to $63 billion in health and environmental benefits that far outweigh the costs of putting first-ever limits on carbon pollution. Read more