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Which Is Worse: Saturated Fat or Added Sugar?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 01.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

As long as you eat mostly whole foods, mostly plants, you won't need to pick a lesser evil.

Climate Agreement in Paris: Champagne Tonight, Hard Work, Fast Mitigation Tomorrow

Durwood Zaelke | Posted 12.14.2015 | Green
Durwood Zaelke

We need to wake up tomorrow and launch the fastest mitigation available to slow near-term warming, starting with the phase down of hydrofluorocarbons under the Montreal Protocol next year, which will eliminate warming from one of the six main greenhouse gases.

Sugars Added to 68 Percent of Foods: Here's How to Slash It

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 12.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

The proposed label changes were up for public comment until the end of October, and the final decision will be out soon. If it passes, already motivated people will have a chance at making better-informed sugar choices.

What's The Difference Between Corn Syrup And Sugar?

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.29.2015 | Healthy Living

Scientists are still debating whether there is a real difference between the effects on a person's health of high-fructose corn syrup and those of su...

The Oasis of an HFC Amendment: Not a Mirage, But Still a Dune or Two Away

David Doniger | Posted 11.05.2015 | Green
David Doniger

At the close of a week's negotiations in Dubai, countries have made progress toward the oasis of an HFC phase-down amendment to the Montreal Protocol. If they keep driving their camels, there's hope they can reach the oasis in 2016.

Countries Agree to Use Montreal Protocol to Phase Down HFCs

Durwood Zaelke | Posted 11.05.2015 | Green
Durwood Zaelke

The countries of the world agreed today to work together in 2016 to use the Montreal Protocol to eliminate the global warming contribution from one of the six main greenhouse gases by phasing down refrigerants called hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs.

Carbon's Not the Only One: Progress Expected on Reducing HFCs

Frances Beinecke | Posted 11.03.2015 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Safer chemicals and more energy efficient technologies can provide cooling without severe climate implications. Shifting to these alternatives could avoid the equivalent of 12 times the current annual carbon pollution of the United States by 2050.

Beating the Heat in Dubai: Alternative Air Conditioning Refrigerants Show Big Gains at High Temperature

David Doniger | Posted 11.02.2015 | Green
David Doniger

Concern about the efficiency of air conditioning in very hot climates has been an obstacle to winning agreement on a phase-down of the powerful heat-trapping chemicals known as HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons). Now we have new test data on the performance of next-generation refrigerants in air conditioners commonly used in homes and buildings.

Cooling With Less Warming: Can Countries Grab A Climate Victory Next Week?

David Doniger | Posted 11.02.2015 | Green
David Doniger

There's a chance to score a climate victory next week on the super-pollutants called hydrofluorocarbons or HFCs - one that would give a boost to the Paris climate summit next month.

Better Health by Cutting Sugar for Just 10 Days

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 10.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

The recent prevailing mood regarding sugar swings between worry that it's not particularly good for you, to conviction that it's downright poison.&nbs...

Cooling With Less Warming: White House Leads Push on HFCs

David Doniger | Posted 10.15.2015 | Green
David Doniger

Adding to these governmental actions, an array of companies and trade associations reported on progress implementing HFC reduction commitments made a year ago, and announced new commitments for 2015.

HFC Super-Pollutants: NRDC Petitions EPA to "SNAP" Away Powerful Heat-Trapping Chemicals

David Doniger | Posted 10.06.2015 | Green
David Doniger

Safer, climate-friendlier alternatives have emerged for many categories of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment, and for other products. So now it is time for EPA to phase down use of the older, more harmful chemicals.

Reducing Climate Injustice to the Poor Is Within Our Reach

Durwood Zaelke | Posted 09.21.2015 | Green
Durwood Zaelke

In his encyclical, Laudato Si, Pope Francis describes the immorality of a society based on over-consumption, which takes from the earth more than can be sustained, and chokes our land and our oceans and our atmosphere with waste.

The Best Shot for Slowing Climate Impacts in Alaska and the Arctic

Durwood Zaelke | Posted 08.27.2015 | Green
Durwood Zaelke

In this drumbeat of bad news, however, there is a counterpoint of hope -- a strategy that can help slow warming in Alaska and the Arctic enough to avoid some of the worst impacts.

Achingly Slow Talks on HFCs -- NRDC Offers IMPACT Tool to Jumpstart Progress

David Doniger | Posted 07.27.2015 | Green
David Doniger

Countries made achingly slow progress towards curbs on the super heat-trapping pollutants called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), at Montreal Protocol talks in Paris this week. In an effort to jumpstart progress, NRDC launched a new analytical tool to compare competing HFC phase-down proposals.

It's a SNAP: EPA Cuts HFC Super-Pollutants to Curb Dangerous Climate Change

David Doniger | Posted 07.02.2015 | Green
David Doniger

The Environmental Protection Agency today announced deadlines to end certain uses of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) -- powerful heat-trapping gases that significantly contribute to climate change -- because safer, climate-friendlier alternatives are now available.

It's a SNAP: EPA Cuts HFC Super-Pollutants to Curb Dangerous Climate Change

David Doniger | Posted 07.02.2015 | Green
David Doniger

The Environmental Protection Agency today announced deadlines to end certain uses of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) - powerful heat-trapping gases that sig...

Is It Food, or Is It Foodiness? Or Is It All Just Dust in the Wind...

Erica Wides | Posted 06.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Erica Wides

Let's start off with my report from the International Sweets and Snacks expo; remember, I attended this sugary show in Chicago, hoping to uncover some...

There Are 1,000 Percent More Avocados Available In The U.S. Than 40 Years Ago

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 05.13.2015 | Taste

The times, they are a changin' -- and with that, so are our diets. A new infographic from Vox writer Danielle Kurtzleben examines the food pattern...

Deal on HFC Super-Pollutants Inches Forward

David Doniger | Posted 06.24.2015 | Green
David Doniger

The fallacy of the Saudi position is that none of the HFC phase-down proposals would require countries with hot climates to curb HFC use now.

What's The Difference Between Sugar And High Fructose Corn Syrup?

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 04.01.2015 | Healthy Living

High fructose corn syrup has been a somewhat mysterious ingredient ever since the 1970s. It was introduced to the market at a time just as corn fa...

The Path to a Safe Climate Goes Through India

Durwood Zaelke | Posted 03.23.2015 | Green
Durwood Zaelke

It seems fitting that NASA scientists announced that 2014 was the hottest year on record immediately before Prime Minister Modi and President Obama meet in India next week. Because these two leaders have a unique opportunity to set the world on the right path.

3 Climate Lessons From Lima

Durwood Zaelke | Posted 02.13.2015 | Green
Durwood Zaelke

Cutting the rate of warming by half is essential for adaptation. Leadership from heads of government and a plan of action for fast mitigation to complement the UN agreement can start to answer the legitimate demands of all citizens for their governments to avoid the irreversible climate crisis.

Obama-Xi Climate Agreement Opens Door to Success in Paris in 2015

Durwood Zaelke | Posted 01.12.2015 | Green
Durwood Zaelke

President Obama's historic agreement Wednesday with President Xi Jinping of China is the kind of bold action needed to reinvigorate the world's efforts to slow and eventually reverse climate pollution.

The Bitter Facts Of Sweet Drinks

Kenneth Davis | Posted 01.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Kenneth Davis

Even if you believe government has no role banning large sodas or taxing sugar, do yourself a favor -- cut sugary drinks out of your diet. It could be the difference that saves your life.