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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Fracking 101

GuideTexas, Pennsylvania, New York, California, North Dakota, FloridaMelissa Denchak
Hydraulic fracturing has upended the global energy landscape and made fossil fuels big business in the United States. Mounting evidence shows that it poses serious threats to our health, environment, and climate future. Here’s a look at the fracking boom…

What Is the Keystone XL Pipeline?

GuideNorth Dakota, Alberta, Montana, South Dakota, NebraskaMelissa Denchak, Courtney Lindwall
How a single pipeline project became the epicenter of an enormous environmental, public health, and civil rights battle.

Reduce China’s Coal and Oil Use

Issue BriefChinaAlvin Lin, Barbara Finamore
NRDC is helping the country reduce its fossil fuel consumption, boost energy efficiency, and accelerate the shift to clean, renewable energy.

Guide to Building Healthy Soil

Issue BriefNorth Dakota, Montana, Idaho, United StatesArohi Sharma
As farmers prepare for the future, they cannot overlook the importance of soil health.

Reduce Mercury Pollution

OverviewUnited States, China, InternationalMarilyn Kunce, Susan Egan Keane, David Lennett
NRDC is working with global coalitions and innovative programs to reduce the use and trade of mercury and slash emissions of the toxic metal into our air and water.

Promote Clean Energy in Latin America

OverviewChile, Colombia, Costa Rica, MexicoCarolina Herrera, Amanda Maxwell
NRDC experts are working with local leaders to reduce their nations’ dependence on dirty and unreliable energy sources by using public policy, innovative technologies, and finance solutions.

Protect Latin America’s Natural Resources

OverviewColombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, ChileCarolina Herrera, Amanda Maxwell
NRDC is working to protect the region’s natural treasures from exploitation and to support sustainable development.

Clean Up Transportation Systems in Latin America

OverviewColombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, ChileCarolina Herrera, Amanda Maxwell
NRDC is working with partners in the region on innovative solutions to reduce pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions from transportation.

Jackson Water Crisis

Fact SheetMississippi, JacksonSarah Tallman, Kimberly Leefatt
The drinking water system in Jackson, Mississippi, has suffered from serious safety and reliability problems for decades. Despite recent attention from federal officials, including a lawsuit filed against the city of Jackson in late 2022, the water system’s problems have…

Supporting China’s Green Transformation

OverviewChinaAlvin Lin, JingJing Qian

NRDC is working with local and international partners to help reduce pollution, increase energy efficiency and clean energy, and strengthen environmental governance. 

States Benefit from Clean Energy and Environmental Programs

Fact SheetUnited States, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Maine, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania
Trump’s budget would slash many of the most important clean energy and environmental programs to the detriment of all.

Advance Green Finance Solutions in Latin America

OverviewChile, Colombia, Costa Rica, MexicoDouglass Sims, Sarah Dougherty, Carolina Herrera, Amanda Maxwell
NRDC is working with partners in Latin America to ensure that the climate solutions communities need get the investments they require.

The Paris Agreement on Climate Change

Issue BriefUnited States, International, Brazil, Canada, China, India, MexicoHan Chen
While the Paris Agreement does not “solve” climate change, it is a critical inflection point that brings us much closer to a safer climate trajectory and creates an ambitious path forward for decades to come.