Data, Reports & Resources

NRDC is a leader and trusted source in environmental policy and research. 

From reports to issue briefs, we ensure accountability through peer review led by our Science Office, which provides data and scientific analysis that help shape and guide NRDC’s policies and positions. We also offer a range of other resources, such as 101 guides and consumer-focused scorecards to increase access to knowledge about how everyone can be a catalyst for change. 

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Solar Power 101

GuideUnited StatesShelia Hu
How renewable energy from the sun can mean a brighter future for people and the planet.

Plásticos de un solo uso 101

GuideUnited StatesCourtney Lindwall

Aquí está todo lo que necesita saber sobre el omnipresente (y evitable) desperdicios plásticos: el tipo hecho para ser arrojado en cuestión de minutos.

Single-Use Plastics 101

GuideUnited StatesCourtney Lindwall
Here’s everything you need to know about the most ubiquitous (and avoidable) kind of plastic waste: the kind made to be tossed in mere minutes.

Flint Water Crisis: Everything You Need to Know

GuideFlintMelissa Denchak
After officials repeatedly dismissed claims that Flint’s water was making people sick, residents took action. Here’s how the lead contamination crisis unfolded—and what we can learn from it.

Wind Energy

GuideUnited StatesShelia Hu

The facts and advantages of wind energy—and why we’re turning to turbines to power our clean energy future.

Sea Level Rise 101

GuideUnited States, InternationalCaroline Craig, Brian Palmer

The causes and effects of this undeniable consequence of climate change—and how communities can respond.

Perforaciones en alta mar 101

GuideAlaska, West, Louisiana, Georgia, North CarolinaShelia Hu
Una mirada a cómo funcionan las perforaciones en busca de petróleo y gas en los océanos, y por qué es hora de que pasen a la historia.

Offshore Drilling 101

GuideAlaska, West, Louisiana, Georgia, North CarolinaShelia Hu
A look into how drilling for oil and gas in the oceans works—and why it’s time to make it history.

Liquefied Natural Gas 101

GuideUnited States, InternationalBrian Palmer
What is it? Why is it? And what does it mean for the climate?

Incorporating Climate Impacts into NRDC-NEMS - Report (PDF)

Report
The National Energy Modeling System (NEMS) is an energy-economic model of U.S. energy markets that is accepted as a standard for evaluating the effects of energy policy. NRDC's assessment for enhancing NEMS to better reflect climate change begins with identifying...

Technology Guidebook - Report (PDF)

Report
This first-of-a-kind Technology Guidebook is a compendium of various clean energy and climate-friendly solutions and provides a detailed overview on the operation and maintenance of these technologies. By skilling and empowering rural households, especially women, to take greater ownership over...

Climate Adaptation 101

GuideUnited StatesSimone Scully, Jenny Shalant
As the effects of climate change intensify, the need to prepare communities, minimize harm, and plan for future impacts has never been clearer.