NRDC

26 States Just Asked Trump to Rip Up a Major Obama Era Rule

Twenty-six states and state agencies signed onto a letter asking the Environmental Protection Agency to repeal former President Barack Obama’s global …

Climate

Swamped by Losses, U.S. Flood Insurance Program Faces a Deadline

The National Flood Insurance Program has been swamped by billions in claims, and Congress is looking for ways to bail it out.<p>The federal program—the …

Insurance

The long road of antiseptic chemical concerns leads to a new ban in health care

<i>WRITTEN BY: Katherine Gardiner, ISTC staff</i><p><i>ISTC will host the Emerging Contaminants in the Aquatic Environment Conference at the U of I on June 5-6.</i><p>A …

Medicine

Western Renewable Energy Just Keeps Getting Cheaper

Wind and solar projects in the western U.S. have reached price levels that few would have predicted even a few years ago. For those that have read …

Renewable Energy

Do oil companies want to drill in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge?

Congress, in approving a sweeping tax overhaul, opened the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling, betting that energy companies …

Oil

A proposal to ban a potentially lethal chemical might change – or close – 2 oil refineries in Southern California

A potentially lethal chemical used at two Southern California oil refineries could be banned by regulators, a policy that refinery operators say …

Environment

This is how much waste Americans create — just by getting takeout food

Taking your meal to go has some serious consequences.<p>McDonald’s MCD, +0.02% announced Tuesday that by 2025 it will make 100% of its packaging for …

Business

America Needs a Plastics Intervention. Now’s the Time.

Deep in our hearts, we know that the global addiction to plastic is wholly unsustainable. It’s why so many of us make a real effort to significantly …

Recycling

Diablo Canyon Closure Decision Missing Critical Elements

Energy<p>By Peter Miller<p>The historic proposal to retire and replace California's last remaining nuclear power plant, Diablo Canyon, was mostly rejected …

Climate

17 former wildlife officials urge Interior to rethink easing rules against killing birds

A group of former Interior Department officials from both major parties who served under the past eight presidents pressed the Trump administration Wednesday to reconsider its move to ease restrictions against killing birds.<p>The 17 former political appointees and career officials, who include …

Animals

Carmakers Miss U.S. Tailpipe Goals While Seeking Trump Relief

Model year 2016 cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. failed to achieve the Environmental Protection Agency’s greenhouse gas emissions standards for …

Climate

Trump’s plan to ‘save’ big coal was just dealt a major blow

On Monday, federal regulators rejected Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal to send a lifeline to the nation’s declining coal and nuclear plants.<p>It …

Liberal View

The Trump administration is removing Florida from its offshore drilling plan because the state is 'obviously unique' — and other coastal states are furious

• <b>Last week, the Trump Administration announced a plan to potentially open 98% of US waters to offshore drilling.</b>• <b><br>Florida Governor Rick Scott quickly voiced his opposition, as did many other coastal governors.</b>• <b><br>Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke now says Florida's Gulf and Atlantic coasts will be off-limits</b> …

U.S. Politics

McDonald’s is making a big change to its soft drinks in 2018

• <b>According to McDonald's sustainability goals, the company plans to drop foam packaging globally by 2019.</b>• <b><br>The chain also said it will switch to packaging made from recycled materials in every location by 2020.</b>• <b><br>The changes are in response to environmental concerns, since foam packaging is hard to</b> …

Business

To Fight Climate Change, New York City Takes on Oil Companies

Seeking to position himself as a national leader against climate change, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday announced a two-pronged attack against the fossil-fuel industry, including a vow that city pension funds would divest about $5 billion from companies involved in the fossil fuel business.<p>The …

Climate

Beijing breathes easy as war on smog clears skies

The city’s winter air is usually marked by bouts of smog, but anti-pollution measures have led to clearer skies, according to Greenpeace …

China

NRA Finds Unlikely Ally In Fight Over Ivory Bans

A push to enact state bans on elephant ivory sales has brought together unlikely partners in opposition — antiques collectors and the National Rifle Association.<p>By Jen Fifield<p>Steve Powers hasn’t eaten meat in 30 years, and he doesn’t wear animal products.<p>And when the Trump administration said in …

Wildlife

Patagonia’s Puelo and Cuervo Rivers Win Crucial Protections in Supreme Court of Chile

By James Blair<p>Local residents and environmentalists in Chile are enjoying a prolonged New Year's celebration, thanks to two major legal decisions …

Indigenous Peoples

How the White House Is Winning

Donald Trump is surrounded by a reality distortion field. It takes the form of spectacle—an unending series of antics that emanate from the …

Ryan Zinke

Environmental Group Appeals EPA’s Decision-Making Framework

On January 5, 2017, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) filed a Petition for Review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit …

Law

Energy agency rejects Trump bid to boost coal, nuclear power

WASHINGTON – An independent energy agency on Monday rejected a Trump administration plan to bolster coal-fired and nuclear power plants, dealing a blow to President Donald Trump's efforts to boost the struggling coal industry.<p>The decision by the Republican-controlled Federal Energy Regulatory …

Energy

Monday numbers

After President Trump announced he would open the entire US coast to offshore drilling – including areas like North Carolina that have long been …

North Carolina

ACLU to storm 2018 midterms

The group is aiming to become the NRA of the left, starting with plans to spend tens of millions in the election.<p>The American Civil Liberties Union, rarely an active player in national campaigns, is jumping into the 2018 midterms with plans to spend upward of $25 million promoting ballot …

Politics

Trump Moves to Open 90 Percent of Our Coastal Waters to Oil Drilling

President Trump has launched the most sweeping industrial assault in history on our oceans, marine life, coasts and all they support, proposing to …

Oceans

Trump Administration Unveils Massive Offshore Drilling Expansion

The move reverses an Obama-era ban on offshore drilling, and sets the stage for a legal battle with coastal states from Florida to California.

Ryan Zinke

4 Tips for Stocking a Kid-Friendly, Nontoxic Kitchen

By Molly M. Ginty<p>You shun Styrofoam tableware, buy organic oranges and even get your kids to eat leafy greens. But are you doing all you can to …

Nutrition

VW diesel settlement's $2.8 billion: Here's how states will spend it

If it's diesel, from a bus to a ferryboat, in many states the money's meant to get rid of it<p>South Carolina wants to replace aging school buses. Colorado plans to electrify Denver's bus system. And Washington wants electric ferryboats for Puget Sound.<p>As part of a 2016 federal court settlement after …

Autos

Nuclear Subsidy Bill Pulled From Lame Duck Session in NJ

A controversial bill that would have provided subsidies to nuclear power plants has likely been pulled from the agenda for the lame-duck legislative …

New Jersey Politics

Trump proposal would allow oil and gas drilling along most of U.S. coastline

WASHINGTON - Nearly the entire U.S. coastline - from Alaska to Florida to New England - would be opened to offshore drilling under a proposal by the …

Oil

A Sugar Pill for the Economy

“A wave of optimism has swept over America’s business leaders, and it is beginning to translate into… investment … that bolsters economic growth, …

Economy