Latest National Resources Defense Council Stories

You Share Everything Else On Facebook - Why Not Your Power Usage?
2012-04-04 10:38:10

A free “social energy” app was rolled out on Tuesday April 3 aiming to promote energy efficiency through friendly competition, said a three-partner team behind the launch. Facebook, the National Resources Defense Council and Opower have been working on the app since last October, promising it will help orchestrate lower energy use by allowing residents using the app to compare monthly usage with similar households and share tips for lowering their energy bills. Users of the...

2011-06-27 11:49:28

A new study from the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) finds that your set-top boxes are the single largest electricity guzzler in American homes, with some home entertainment systems devouring more power than a refrigerator and even some central AC systems. According to NRDC figures, there are more than 160 million set-top boxes currently in use across the country, and that number is steadily rising. In 2010, these units ate up nearly 27 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, or 168...

2010-08-06 12:39:21

Wildlife advocates believe that the Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves throughout the Northern Rocky Mountains helps to buy more time to create a better plan than the one the judge rejected. State wildlife officials in Montana and Idaho reviewed Thursday's ruling, which blocks them from carrying out their wolf management plans and their preparations for wolf hunts this fall.  State officials said they were considering their options, including an appeal. U.S. District...

2008-11-26 10:40:00

The iconic bright lights of Broadway known as the "Great White Way" will soon undergo a "Ëœgreen' makeover. In yet another effort to help New York City become more eco-friendly, city Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced an initiative that will change the "Great White Way" to the "Great Green Way." "By this time next year, the lights on Broadway will burn just as bright, but the energy bills and our city's carbon output will be lower," Bloomberg said during a news conference at the...

2008-07-30 12:00:36

By Aliana Ramos, The Sun News, Myrtle Beach, S.C. Jul. 30--South Carolina's beaches, including those in Horry and Georgetown counties, are the sixth most polluted in the nation, according to a report released Tuesday by a nonprofit environmental group. Local and state experts denounced the report, saying area beaches are safe. Officials with Horry County, North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach and the state Department of Natural Resources all complained of inaccuracies and misinterpretation of...

2008-03-28 15:50:00

Global warming could be the cause behind a beetle infestation killing off lodgepole pine forests in Colorado.About 60 percent of the lodgepole pines have turned red and brown."The population built up rapidly and exploded. It takes out the mature trees," said Ingrid Aguayo, an entomologist for the Colorado State Forest Service."Now we're seeing a new carpet of forest coming up," she said.Whether global warming is to blame or not, the evidence is daunting. A new calculation of government...

2006-07-08 19:45:00

By Alexandria Sage LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Whales and other marine mammals will be better protected during military training exercises using sonar now that the U.S. Navy has agreed to increased safety measures in Hawaiian waters, an environmental group said on Saturday. The Navy has agreed not to use mid-frequency sonar during training within a 25-mile buffer zone surrounding the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument, an area rich in marine life, in a settlement with the...

2005-07-28 13:42:56

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More and more U.S. beaches are being closed due to contamination, in part because there is more pollution and in part because of better monitoring, the National Resources Defense Council said on Thursday. The group's annual clean beaches report finds that beaches were closed or the subject of a health advisory on nearly 20,000 days in 2004, up 9 percent from 2003 and the most days since tracking started 15 years ago. "Instead of closing our beaches, let's clean up...

Word of the Day
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.