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Sasha Lyutse
Sasha Lyutse is a Senior Advocate with NRDC's Food & Agriculture and Renewable Energy programs. She works on issues ranging from curbing the misuse of antibiotics in the meat industry to bioenergy and is also the founder of Frugal Feasts, monthly dinners that are sustainably sourced for $5 a head. Prior to joining NRDC, Sasha worked as an analyst at Goldman Sachs, as well as at United States embassies in London and Paris. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a dual Masters in Public Administration from the London School of Economics and Sciences Po University in Paris. Sasha also blogs on NRDC’s Switchboard.

Entries by Sasha Lyutse

Tackling Climate Change Through Diet Change

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 3:40 PM

Leaders of nearly 200 nations are in Paris right now working hard to negotiate an international framework to address climate change. Success will necessarily require decisive and sustained efforts to clean up power plants, cut carbon pollution from vehicles and industry, make cars, buildings and homes more efficient, and rapidly...

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Tonight: FRONTLINE Airs Report on Antibiotics Overuse in the American Meat Industry

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 9:58 PM

Tonight, PBS's FRONTLINE will air the second in its two-part series exploring the mounting crisis of antibiotics resistance -- now among the top five health threats facing the nation according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The series picks up on

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A Family Farm, a Century and a Half Old, Leads the Way on Sustainable Meat

(2) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 4:29 PM

In today's conventional meat industry, what passes for a "farm" is really more like a factory. Animals are confined indoors by the hundreds or thousands in crowded and often unsanitary conditions. Grain-feed is trucked in, while mountains of waste are trucked out. And animals are routinely fed antibiotics to help...

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Public Outcry Grows Over Uncontrolled Growth of the Biomass Energy Industry

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 6:40 PM

Burning whole trees to produce electricity is dirtier than coal. And the uncontrolled growth of the biomass energy industry in the Southeast threatens our most endangered forests. But communities in the region are finally standing up and saying no. In comments submitted to the state of...

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40+ Leading Scientists Call on EPA to Protect Our Forests and Climate

(7) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 4:37 PM

As we headed into the Thanksgiving holiday last week, 41 leading scientists sent a letter to the EPA calling on the agency to protect our forests from the growing sucking sound created by biomass power plants. The scientists urged the agency to put in place a regulatory system...

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Federal Court Affirms Science As Guide for How EPA Must Regulate Biomass Energy

(2) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 3:59 PM

The federal court of appeals in Washington, D.C. issued an important decision last week that confirmed the need to follow the science when developing biomass-based energy. The decision once again made clear that not all bioenergy has the same carbon footprint -- and some increases climate-disrupting carbon pollution. It is...

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Substituting Trees for Coal in Power Plants Would Take Us Backwards in the Fight Against Climate Change

(58) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 7:27 PM

A few weeks ago, President Obama gave a historic speech in which he laid out his second term plan for tackling the urgent threat of climate change. Delivered from the steps of Old North at Georgetown University (making this alum very proud), I was struck by the powerful...

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Livestock Industry Bullying on Meatless Mondays Campaign Doesn't Change Facts -- or Consumer Trends

(37) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 11:40 AM

The Meatless Mondays campaign encourages consumers to skip meat one day a week in favor of plant-based foods, and highlights how this simple action can help improve their health and reduce the environmental impacts of their diets. Seems small, but the collective impacts are potentially anything but. According to estimates...

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New Evidence That Cutting Forests to Burn for Electricity Is Even Worse for the Climate Than We Thought

(5) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 4:50 PM

Burning our forests for electricity is a bad idea -- bad for our climate, bad for local ecosystems, and bad for our communities. But a new study just out of Dartmouth College shows that it might be even worse than we thought.

Multiple previous...

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How European Power Companies Skirt Their Own Environmental Rules by Logging U.S. Forests for Fuel

(3) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 10:59 AM

When European Union leaders mandated that 20 percent of Europe's energy should come from "renewable" sources, do you think they envisioned an industry where many millions of tons of trees harvested from U.S. forests would be loaded onto cargo ships and shipped across the ocean to be burned...

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