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Food Waste 101

GuideUnited StatesShelia Hu
An overview of why we throw away so much food, how it impacts people and the planet, and what we can do to waste less.

Scientists Sign-on Letter re: Blake Plateau (PDF)

Letters
This is a science sign-on letter by independent academic scientists urging the Biden administration to consider robust long-term protections for the Blake Plateau off the Southeast coast of the United States.

Blake Plateau Conservation - Organizational Letter (PDF)

Letters
In a letter to President Biden, NRDC and more than 40 other ocean conservation and environmental justice groups urged action to secure effective and durable protections for a network of important ecological areas in the federal waters on the Blake...

Solar Power 101

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

Craft Brewers Farm Bill Letter (PDF)

Letters
Thirty members of NRDC's Brewers for Clean Water Campaign sent a letter urging Congressional leaders to support water pollution reduction programs in this year's Farm Bill.

NRDC Memo re: DOE Analysis for LNG Exports

Letters
In a memo to the Department of Energy, NRDC lays out core principles and topic areas that the agency should consider in its updated climate, economic, environmental justice, and energy security analysis of liquefied natural gas exports.

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.

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.

GGRF Lenders Opposition Letter to H.R. 1023 (PDF)

Letters
In a letter to leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives, 15 organizations that represent thousands of community-based lending institutions express their opposition to H.R. 1023, a bill that would repeal the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.

Liquefied Natural Gas 101

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