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

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 8:45 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 | 4:47 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 | 11:12 AM

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 | 6:30 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 | 11:04 AM

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 | 11:35 AM

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 | 2:10 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 | 12:02 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 | 9:19 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 | 12:07 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 | 10:37 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 | 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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