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Building Batteries Better: Doing the Best With Less

ReportUnited StatesJordan Brinn
Reducing the amount of mining needed through improvements in battery technology, second-life applications for vehicle batteries, and better recycling is key to reducing harms caused from battery supply chains.

Waiting Game: How the Interconnection Queue Threatens Renewable Development in PJM

ReportUnited States, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, D.C.Dana Ammann
New NRDC analysis has found that even under recent reforms, the country’s largest grid operator is unlikely to approve new renewable projects quickly enough to meet even mandatory minimum state standards.

State-Based Food Waste Policy Gap Analysis and Inventory Reports

ReportMaryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, ColoradoDarby Hoover, Yvette Cabrera
Food waste costs the US $408 billion each year. Producing food that we do not consume swallows up roughly 18 percent of America’s cropland and 14 percent of our fresh water, and generates about 270 million metric tons CO2 equivalent…

Feeding a City: Food Waste and Food Need Across America

ReportUnited States, Denver, New York City, NashvilleAndrea Collins
The first step in reducing municipal food waste is data gathering: understanding the amounts and sources of wasted food at the local level, as well as the amounts and sources of surplus food that potentially could be rescued instead of…

Sailing to Nowhere: Liquefied Natural Gas Is Not an Effective Climate Strategy

ReportUnited StatesChristina Swanson, Amanda Levin, Amy Mall

Exporting liquefied natural gas would undercut the goal of holding warming at or below 1.5° Celsius and have devastating effects on frontline communities. The United States should instead prioritize clean energy investments, both at home and abroad.

NRDC's Annual Energy Reports

ReportUnited StatesRalph Cavanagh, Amanda Levin, Sophia Ptacek
NRDC each year reviews the most recent data to present an overall picture of the U.S. energy sector, which is undergoing a major shift toward increasing amounts of renewable energy and cost-effective energy efficiency. However, America still must do more…

Colorado 2030: Committing to Equitable Climate Action

ReportColoradoAriana Gonzalez, Arjun Krishnaswami, Noah Long
Analysis from NRDC and our partners outlines effective and equitable actions Colorado can take to achieve the state’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets.

Ocean-Climate Guide to Action

ReportUnited States, CaliforniaDr. Lisa Suatoni, Sandy Aylesworth
Healthy oceans are a crucial component in the global fight against climate change, but only a handful of countries currently include meaningful ocean-based mitigation and adaptation actions in their plans to meet their Paris goals. This guide provides options for…