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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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Edwards Coal-Fired Plant Settlement

Legal filingsIllinois, PeoriaSelena Kyle, Jared Knicley, Alyssa Brown
In 2019, the court approved a settlement that required the E.D. Edwards plant to close and provides $8.6 million in funding for projects to benefit the Peoria region. Read more about these programs and grantees.

Opinion Granting NRDC’s Motion for Summary Judgment (PDF)

Legal filings
Opinion granting NRDC’s motion for summary judgment in NRDC et al. v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in which NRDC and our partners challenged the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision not to protect critical habitat for the endangered rusty...

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.

CAFE Penalty Rule Case Documents

Legal filingsUnited States
Browse some of the cases and documents related to our efforts to protect and strengthen the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards that benefit consumers, public health, and the planet.

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.

Guide to Community Climate Vulnerability Assessments

ReportUnited StatesMarissa Ramirez, Kristi Pullen Fedinick
Communities across United States face the joint challenges of climate change and growing inequality. Properly addressing these challenges means first understanding the unique situation of each community—where they are vulnerable and where policies will have the greatest impact.

Unintentional Partner: How the United States Helps the Illegal Shark Fin Market

ReportUnited StatesElizabeth Murdock, Vanessa Villanueva
In recent decades, shark populations have suffered steep declines, due primarily to the lucrative market for shark fins, both legal and illegal. NRDC found that the United States plays a substantial, unrecognized role in facilitating the unsustainable international shark fin…