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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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Six Lessons Learned From the Front Lines of the Climate Fight

(19) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 8:07 PM

I started fighting climate change almost 20 years ago. Back then it was a topic largely for environmentalists and scientists. Today, seven in every ten Americans understand it's a problem. Business leaders, social justice groups, farmers and ranchers, doctors and nurses and people from all walks of life...

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8 Million Comments in Support of EPA Limits on Climate Change Pollution

(2) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 11:49 AM

In the past few months, Detroit got flooded by unusually heavy rains. Washington State wrapped up one of its most destructive fires seasons on record. And California remains in the grip of extreme drought, with major reservoirs holding just 43 percent of normal levels. Joe Muzzi, a California farmer,

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5 Reasons the Senate Must Protect Our Communities from the Keystone XL Pipeline

(50) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 12:12 PM

On Tuesday, the Senate will vote on a bill forcing President Obama to green light the Keystone XL pipeline for dirty tar sands oil. Keystone threatens our air and water and would intensify the climate change already pounding our communities. The bill is a gift to the oil and gas...

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GOP Leadership Promises Worst Attack on Environmental Protection in Decades

(50) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 2:31 PM

Concerns about the economy and heath care may have dominated the midterms, but the election results have unleashed a major threat to our children's health and the environment. The Senate is now in the control of a handful of GOP leaders who promise to trash clean air and water and...

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Superstorm Sandy Two Years Later: New York Is Becoming More Resilient But More Is Needed

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 9:45 PM

Two years ago this week, Hurricane Sandy came barreling up the East Coast, killing 117 Americans and damaging hundreds of thousands of homes along the way. Here in my hometown of New York, it delivered an 11-foot storm surge and a reminder that climate change wasn't just a challenge for...

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This Is How America Will Reduce Pollution and Stamp Out Our Carbon Footprint

(9) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 5:47 PM

Millions of people in Southern California were under an excessive heat warning a few weeks ago. The Los Angeles Unified School District cancelled outdoor sporting events and more than 100 San Diego schools sent children home early to shield them from the heat. Californians weren't the only ones coping with...

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Obama Preserves San Gabriel Mountains in LA's Backyard

(3) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 12:12 PM

America grew richer in natural heritage today. President Obama is declaring Los Angeles' San Gabriel Mountains a national monument, ensuring this beautiful landscape will remain wild for generations to come. Now the 17 million people living in Greater Los Angeles -- and the many who visit every year -- will...

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We Made History: 310,000 March for Climate Action

(37) Comments | Posted September 21, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Today I joined the People's Climate March--the biggest rally for climate action ever. It was exhilarating to be part of this historic event. I will never forget the moment I turned the corner at Columbus Circle and saw a sea of people stretching for miles in each direction....

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UN Climate Summit Will Be a Time of Reckoning

(43) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 12:04 PM

Next week President Obama will attend the United Nations Climate Summit in New York. Over 125 heads of government will gather for the event, more than the 2009 climate talks in Copenhagen. This summit is not designed to generate a legal agreement, but it will offer an important moment of...

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As Climate Change Hits Home, Americans Call for Action

(93) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 12:35 PM

The World Meteorological Organization announced this week that climate change pollution has reached record levels. Carbon pollution alone -- one of the most potent greenhouse gases -- had its biggest spike in 30 years. These measurements tell an alarming story about what is happening in our atmosphere. To understand...

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A 50th Birthday Present for Wilderness Act: Keep Arctic Coastal Plain Wild

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

Fifty years ago today, my conservation hero and mentor Mardy Murie stood next to President Lyndon Johnson as he signed the Wilderness Act. Mardy had worked tirelessly to help pass the law, traveling across Alaska, testifying at hearings on Capitol Hill, and inviting lawmakers to come for tea and cookies...

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Yellowstone in the Backyard: Time to Declare LA's San Gabriel Mountains a National Monument

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 1:02 PM

As we head into the final days of August, most Americans are looking for one last summer escape. Many people have to travel hundreds of miles to find a refuge from the crush of everyday life. But the 17 million people living in Greater Los Angeles can find wild beauty...

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'No Blue, No Green' -- New Sylvia Earle Film Shows Power of Protecting Our Oceans

(1) Comments | Posted August 16, 2014 | 10:19 AM

In a beautiful new film released this Friday on Netflix, oceanographer and explorer Sylvia Earle describes her underwater adventures. She also explains why she is driven to protect wild oceans the way we now protect wild lands. Her goal, like the film, is called Mission Blue.

I have known Sylvia...

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From the Heart: Americans Speak Out for EPA's Work to Safeguard Health and Curb Climate Change

(7) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 1:07 PM

In four key cities this week, the Environmental Protection Agency held successful public hearings on its proposal to curb climate change pollution. Hundreds of people marched into the marathon sessions to share why taking this giant step to curb climate change matters to them personally.

They came from all walks...

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Big Polluters Cry Wolf Over EPA Plan to Protect Health and Fight Climate Change

(10) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 11:37 AM

Next week the Environmental Protection Agency will host four public hearings on its plan to reduce climate change pollution from power plants. The speakers list is already filling up. Physicians will outline the health hazards linked to climate change. Farmers will talk about the challenges of raising crops...

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

(1) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 2:26 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 | 6:34 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 | 10:52 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 | 3:55 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 | 11:39 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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