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US Seen As Stalling On UN Climate Talks; Brazil, China Rule Out Deal Without Kyoto Pledge
2011-12-01 06:24:28

Environmental groups and government officials complained to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, warning that U.S. negotiators at this week´s U.N. climate talks in Durban, South Africa, risk portraying the U.S. as an obstruction to fighting global warming due to its stalling on critical issues. In two separate appeals, the groups warned that the U.S. could derail progress at the 192-party talks if it blocks moves toward a climate change fund, worth up to $100 billion per...

2011-11-16 08:00:00

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A typical U.S. household uses an average of 400 to 500 gallons of water per day- the same amount it takes to fill a Jacuzzi - and a vast amount considering there are more than 100 million households in the U.S. Despite the staggering statistics around water consumption, there is low consumer awareness around the severe levels of water depletion in the U.S., and many don't know that two-thirds of America's drinking water comes from rivers and...

Climate Change Disasters Cost US $14 Billion In Past Decade
2011-11-08 14:20:20

Researchers said on Monday that deaths and health problems from floods, drought and other U.S. disasters related to climate change cost $14 billion in the past decade. The study looked at the cost of human suffering and loss of life due to six disasters from 2000 through 2009. "When extreme weather hits, we hear about the property damage and insurance costs," Kim Knowlton, a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council and a co-author of the study, said in a statement. "The...

Facebook Announces Social Energy App
2011-10-18 04:09:09

In a move designed to help raise awareness about energy consumption, Facebook on Monday announced a new partnership with Opower, a developer of energy-efficiency software, and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to create a new social energy application for the social network. According to CNET reporter Martin LaMonica, the app will be developed by Opower and distributed through Facebook's Green page starting in early 2012. It will allow users to compare their energy usage with...

2011-10-17 11:43:00

Joint effort aims to motivate hundreds of millions of people to take action, become more energy efficient, and help protect the environment ARLINGTON, Va., PALO ALTO, Calif., and WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Facebook, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Opower today announced a first-of-its-kind partnership to use the power of social networking to raise consumer awareness about energy consumption through a joint development of a new social energy...

2011-10-13 12:00:00

9 Battleground States Also Surveyed: Suburban Women in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Latino Women in California, Florida and New Mexico Disagree With Obama Decision; Health Also Trumps Polluters in Colorado, Nevada, and Virginia. WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- President Obama's decision to block new public health standards for ozone and smog pollution may have pleased big business, but it sorely disappointed key demographic groups, including Latinos and women...

2011-10-05 12:00:00

Top 20 States for Consumer Benefits Listed: Texas, California and Florida Do Best for Total Pocketbook Savings; Impact of Higher MPG Standards Equal to Removing Emissions From 40 Million Vehicles for a Year. WASHINGTON, Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), which are both members of the Go60MPG.org coalition, shows that new fuel economy standards announced by the Obama...

2011-10-04 09:00:00

Analysis by NRDC, UCS Shows AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, IL, LA, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, NY, NC, OH, PA, TN, TX, VA and WA Come Out on Top in Savings for Consumers. WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New fuel economy standards announced by the Obama administration to require automakers to achieve a fleet fuel economy average of 54.5 miles per gallon (MPG) by 2025 will save Americans billions of dollars at the gas pump and slash the nation's dependence on oil by billions of gallons of...

2011-09-21 11:27:00

Industry Leaders Goldman Sachs, Greenprint Foundation, Johnson Controls, Jones Lang LaSalle, Malkin Holdings, NRDC, Vornado and YR&G Enlist Bloomberg and LinkedIn as Model Tenants for Project NEW YORK, Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Clinton Global Initiative today announced a commitment to reduce energy use, create jobs, and provide significant savings for the commercial real estate sector by boosting the market for energy-efficient commercial tenant space. The...

2011-09-20 12:00:00

Serious Impacts Will be Felt by the Fast-Growing U.S. Latino Population; Worst Harms Seen to Latinos in AZ, CA, CO, FL, IL, MA, NV, NJ, NY, PA and TX. WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Latinos are among those facing the greatest risk from efforts to block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updates to health safeguards protecting Americans from ozone, mercury and other dangerous air pollutants, according to a major new report from the National Latino Coalition on...