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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.

If Greenhouse Gases Were A-Team Characters

Joylette Portlock | Posted 12.16.2014 | Green
Joylette Portlock

So, let me present the who's who of climate pollution, as if the offenders were characters on a certain beloved TV show from the 80s (and blockbuster movie from a few years ago).

A Development-Savvy Climate Strategy for India

Durwood Zaelke | Posted 11.29.2014 | Green
Durwood Zaelke

During his first official visit to the United States this week, India's popular Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, will meet with President Obama, as well as with CEOs of top U.S corporations, to encourage investment to support India's development goals.

Climate Summit Focuses Leaders on the Work Ahead

Jake Schmidt | Posted 11.26.2014 | Green
Jake Schmidt

These signs of progress in New York will have to deliver over the next few years or else they will be seen as a huge missed opportunity to help turn the corner on climate change.

Why the Food Industry Is Running Scared of Internet Activism

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 09.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Bettina Elias Siegel

Unfortunately for food companies, the Internet genie is out of the bottle and there's no turning back. So instead of commissioning studies that demonize the Internet, social media and/or "moms with food fears," food companies should take to heart the one simple lesson to be gleaned from the many recent successes in Internet food activism: Consumers want transparency.

Here's Why Soda Is Even More Unhealthy Than You Thought

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 06.10.2014 | Healthy Living

On nutrition labels, sugar is just sugar. But when it comes to how the body metabolizes that sugar, there are two very different molecules that make u...

Added Sugar Replaces Fat as Ingredient to Watch For

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 05.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Michelle Obama unveiled a series of proposed changes to the food label last Thursday. These changes, she said, will help consumers make better, more informed decisions.

Out of the Trans Fats and Into the Liars

Brian Ross | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Ross

Unless they ban the twin-terror of HCFS, any claims by the FDA about the GRAS change of trans fats improving the public health are doubtful indeed.

Why You Should Never Eat High Fructose Corn Syrup

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

In America today, we are eating huge doses of sugar, especially high fructose corn syrup. It is sweeter and cheaper than regular sugar and is in every processed food and sugar-sweetened drink. Purging it from your diet is the single best thing you can do for your health!

Does the Fizz in Soda Add to Our Sugar Cravings?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 11.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Adding fizz to sweet water, researchers suspected, doesn't just make soda taste good, it also might play tricks on our mind.

Education and Credible Science Are Keys to Fighting Obesity

James Rippe, M.D. | Posted 11.09.2013 | Healthy Living
James Rippe, M.D.

While I agree with the Sugar Association's Dr. Charles Baker in his recent blog that we should approach the obesity epidemic armed with knowledge, it appears the only thing the Sugar Association wants to do is exonerate its product and cast blame on other sweeteners.

Hysteria About Sugar Doesn't Help -- Knowledge Does

Charles W. Baker, Ph.D. | Posted 11.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Charles W. Baker, Ph.D.

When critics surreptitiously lump high fructose corn syrup into their attacks against "sugar" in an effort to make the attacks seem more potent, a serious disservice is done.