Latest Natural Resources Defense Council Stories

2009-10-01 09:00:00

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, a year after the Clean Truck Programs (CTP) launched at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, more than 2,000 polluting trucks are off the road and more than 5,500 clean trucks are in operation. The ports are two years ahead of their goal to reduce truck-produced emissions by 80%, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). To date, the programs have reduced emissions equal to the amount produced by 200,000 cars...

2009-07-28 10:00:00

CHICAGO, July 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by the Environmental Law & Policy Center: A coalition of Illinois health and environmental groups notified Midwest Generation, LLC of their intent to sue the company because its coal plants release illegally high amounts of particulate matter that leads to respiratory illnesses and premature deaths in nearby communities. The suit follows a number of air pollution-related citations from the United States...

2009-07-15 12:11:00

SILVER SPRING, Md., July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Planet Green announced the world premiere of ACID TEST: THE GLOBAL CHALLENGE OF OCEAN ACIDIFICATION on Wednesday, August 12 at 10:30PM ET. Featuring narration and commentary by actress Sigourney Weaver, ACID TEST is a groundbreaking documentary produced by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) that explores the startling phenomenon of ocean acidification, which may soon challenge the survival of thousands of marine species. "The...

2009-07-08 13:40:00

Experts say more than half of the states in the U.S. now have mosquitoes that are known to spread dengue fever. A new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council showed that two types of mosquitoes capable of transmitting the dengue fever virus are invading Southern and Mid-Atlantic states, creating conditions more favorable for an outbreak. An estimated 173 million Americans live in counties that now contain one or both of the mosquito species, a problem that could escalate with global...

2009-06-13 15:10:00

President Barack Obama announced the creation of a high-level Ocean Policy Task Force on Friday that will craft a national policy for sustainably managing the oceans. Such a policy would be a first for the U.S., and the move received widespread praise from environmentalists who called it long overdue. "We are taking a more integrated and comprehensive approach to developing a national ocean policy that will guide us well into the future," said Obama in an announcement declaring June "National...

2009-06-09 11:50:00

http://blog.cleanandsafeports.org/ or www.cleanandsafeports.org LOS ANGELES, June 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A broad alliance of national, state and local environmental, public health, community and labor organizations today applauded President Barack Obama for his appointment of Joseph E. Brennan as acting chair of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), the DC agency charged with reviewing ocean-bound commerce. "Joseph Brennan has shown an understanding that trade in the global economy...

2009-06-08 07:00:00

- The Natural Resources Defense Council, Ocean Conservancy, Oceana and the United Nations Environment Programme join the effort - - World premiere of Acid Test: The Challenge of Ocean Acidification with Sigourney Weaver - SILVER SPRING, Md., June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- This summer, Planet Green presents Blue August, a robust month of on-air and on-line programming that brings to life the wonders and mysteries of the aquatic -- from the majesty of our oceans to the critical issue of clean...

2009-05-20 10:04:00

Coalition of Corporate and Conservation Leaders Creates Breakthrough Consensus on Tropical Forests in Climate Legislation WASHINGTON, May 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Several of the nation's top environmental groups, conservation organizations, and corporate leaders today released details of an agreement on policies aimed at protecting the world's tropical forests. Ongoing burning and destruction of these forests is responsible for approximately one-fifth of total greenhouse gas emissions...

2009-05-08 15:01:00

Legislation will support research, surveillance, planning and interagency coordination WASHINGTON, May 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Trust for America's Health (TFAH), and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) praised legislation introduced late yesterday to improve the public health response to climate change. The bill is sponsored by the Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Health, U.S. Rep. Lois Capps (CA/Santa...

2009-04-17 15:32:00

ARLINGTON, Va., April 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ATA Vice President of Public Affairs issued the following advisory in response to reporters' questions about the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) lawsuit against the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach: A judge's denial on Wednesday of an injunction in the case of FMC vs. City of Los Angeles et al has absolutely no effect on the American Trucking Associations' lawsuit against the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach Concession Plans. The...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'