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Frances Beinecke is President of the Natural Resources Defense Council, a non-profit organization with more than 1.2 million members and activists nationwide that has been working to protect our health and the environment since 1970. Read Frances Beinecke's blog at NRDC's Switchboard.

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National Conversation on Climate Change Has Shifted; Just Look at Latest Calls for Action

(1) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 1:26 PM

Matt Russell recently declared that "we are already experiencing the effects of climate change." Russell isn't a pundit or scientist or government official. He is a fifth-generation farmer from Lacona, Iowa, and he is struggling to raise crops in the face of extreme weather. "Scientists have been telling us what...

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Obama Takes Bold Action to Protect Marine Life in the Pacific Ocean

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 5:34 PM

This is great day for anyone who has ever marveled at wide-open seas and rich ocean life. President Obama announced plans to protect a vast stretch of the central Pacific Ocean home to coral gardens and underwater mountain ranges. This wild and pristine area is largely untouched by destructive fishing,...

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EPA's New Limits on Carbon Pollution Will Protect Health and Tackle Climate Change

(15) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 9:52 AM

The Obama administration announced a major breakthrough today that will safeguard our health and protect future generations from unchecked climate change. For the first time, the United States will set a national limit on how much carbon pollution can be released from existing power plants.

This is the single...

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The Elephant in the Graduation Tent: Climate Change and an Uncertain Future

(1) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 2:55 PM

Commencement season is in full swing, and graduation speakers are offering advice from podiums across the country. Some use humor, some share hard-won truths, and all urge graduates to embrace the future that lies ahead. That is good advice, but as a member of the baby boomer generation, I feel...

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Health Experts Issue New Prescription: To Stay Healthy Fight Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 10:39 AM

Co-authored by Dr. Georges Benjamin

If you have ever checked on an elderly relative during a prolonged heat wave or nursed an asthmatic child on a bad air day, then you know severe weather can take a toll on our health. Many of us try to prepare for warmer temperatures...

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Invest In the Future -- Not in Fossil Fuels

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 10:57 AM

A new tool to get coal, oil and gas out of investment portfolios

Americans are worried about pollution -- oil trains running through their towns, fracking in their neighborhoods, coal dust in their air. They're worried about what the future will look like for their children if carbon pollution continues...

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Use This Earth Day to Urge Leaders to Take Biggest Step Possible on Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 2:21 PM

I plan to spend this Earth Day advocating for the single most important thing our nation can do to confront climate change: cutting carbon pollution from power plants. These plants kick out 40 percent of the carbon pollution in our country. Right now they are free to dump as much...

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NRDC Action Fund and LCV Combine Forces to Represent the Public Interest in Politics

(1) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 2:27 PM

Co-authored by Gene Karpinksi

Climate change is the biggest environmental challenge of our time. It pummels our communities with extreme weather, endangers our health, and undermines our economy with costly damages. Americans have said in poll after poll -- in red states and blue -- that they want strong action...

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Powerful New Showtime Series Tells the Story of Life in the Age of Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 3:16 PM

In Years of Living Dangerously, a new series starting this Sunday, Nelly Montez describes the day she and 2,300 of her neighbors lost their jobs at a Cargill meat packing plant in Plainview, Texas. The plant closed last January after years of drought pushed ranchers to thin their...

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While Some Lawmakers Offer Outdated Ideas for Drought, California Proves Power of Water Efficiency

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 3:41 PM

A few weeks ago, I got to see Californians experience something they hadn't in a long time: a downpour. It was a welcome gift, but it wasn't enough. Even with the wet weather, roughly 90 percent of California is still in severe or exceptional drought.

California can withstand...

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Americans Rally to Oppose Keystone XL Pipeline

(2) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 4:08 PM

The more people learn about the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline the worse it looks.

That's what thousands of Americans in nearly 300 places across the country stood up to say Monday night, in a national vigil that sent a clear message to President Obama: say no to the...

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We Are All Better for Representative Henry Waxman's Work

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 4:56 PM

All Americans have benefited from the dedicated service of Representative Henry Waxman. In every battle and in every moment that mattered most, Rep. Waxman stood up for the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the wild places we cherish. On Thursday he announced he will retire from Congress...

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Obama Reaffirms Commitment to Climate Action in State of the Union

(7) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 10:37 AM

President Obama forcefully reaffirmed his commitment to curbing carbon pollution in the State of the Union address last night. He said unequivocally that climate change poses significant threats to our environment, our health, and our economy.

"Climate change is a fact," he said. "And when our children's children look us...

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With Major Investors Dumping Pebble Mine, Time to Abandon Project Once and For All

(2) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 9:41 AM

A few weeks ago, mining giant Rio Tinto said it was considering pulling out of the disastrous Pebble Mine proposed for Alaska's Bristol Bay. This came on the heels of the September announcement that Anglo American -- the 50 percent owner of the Pebble Mine --...

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We Must Protect Eagles and Expand Wind Power at the Same Time

(78) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 9:16 AM

Striking a balance between wildlife conservation and wind energy development starts with understanding threats to eagle populations.

Right before the New Year, I was lucky enough to spend an afternoon watching a bald eagle soar across the sky above Long Lake in the Adirondacks. After being...

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Top Clean Energy and Climate Breakthroughs in 2013

(8) Comments | Posted December 21, 2013 | 2:08 PM

The United States broke one record after another for extreme weather in 2013. From deadly floods in Colorado to prolonged drought across the Southwest, Americans saw what unchecked climate change can do to our communities. But we also witnessed another kind of powerful force: real and positive climate...

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The Clean Energy Way to Fight Climate Change

(35) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 6:56 PM

Several leading climate scientists have embraced nuclear power as the way to lick global climate change and there's a new movie out trying to make the case.

We understand the urgency. Climate change is the central environmental ill of our time. We have an obligation to protect our children from...

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The Next Superstorm: Will Congress Protect Us?

(46) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 10:26 AM

One year ago, Superstorm Sandy ripped through the Northeast with unprecedented force. I still remember the harried calls to loved ones, the anxious waiting to hear from friends in harms way, and the heartbreak for those who lost so much. More than 159 Americans died in the storm, and 72,000...

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Carole King Urges People to Join the Chorus for Clean Power

(3) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 11:24 AM

Singer and songwriter Carole King lives in the Northern Rockies and has spent years exploring nearby forests and mountain peaks. She loves the region's rugged beauty, but lately she has begun to fear losing it to a powerful and dangerous force. Climate change threatens to devastate millions of...

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Will GOP Learn from Shutdown Fiasco or Force Another One Over Debt Ceiling?

(142) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 5:34 PM

Nearly 20,000 Americans visit Grand Canyon National Park every day in October, but those who planned vacations this week are being turned away at the gate. The Republican-led shutdown of the government means all offices, motels, and businesses in the park were shuttered. The same is happening at more than...

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