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2011-06-30 11:44:00

STAMFORD, Conn., June 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- America's energy consumption is a 24/7 addiction. Be it the lights in our home, charging our iPods, or running our computers, people are continuously using energy even when not actually using the technology. Awareness of "phantom energy drains" is growing. However, recent information shows there is an enormous energy hog in many homes sucking energy and raising costs completely undetected. "The Natural Resources Defense Council just...

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2011-06-30 05:05:00

The number of U.S. beach closings and health advisories reached 24,091 in 2010, the second-highest level in 21 years, according to an annual beach water report released Wednesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The survey of water quality and public notifications, entitled "Testing the Waters", confirms that our nation's beaches continue to suffer from bacterial pollution that puts swimmers at risk, the non-profit group said. Using data gathered at more than 3,200 U.S....

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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...

2011-04-26 13:00:00

DAVIS, Calif., April 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pam Marrone, founder and CEO of Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI), a leading developer of environmentally responsible biopesticides based in Davis, California, was recognized today by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) as a recipient of a prestigious 2011 Growing Green Award. Named 2011 Business Leader winner, Marrone has launched three successful companies that develop bio-based alternatives. Her current, rapidly growing company,...

2011-04-14 13:02:00

"Go60MPG" Sets Record Straight As Both New York Auto Show and DC EDTA Conference Near NEW YORK, April 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Auto fuel efficiency is going up and high-MPG auto sales are surging today, but a handful of persistent myths continue to cloud the understanding of some policymakers and members of the general public, according to Go60MPG, a joint effort of Environment America, the National Wildlife Federation, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Safe Climate...

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2011-03-29 05:55:00

A new report released Monday by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) documents 42 "disease clusters" in 13 states, each of which includes incidences of numerous types of cancer, birth defects or other chronic diseases. The study, conducted by the NRDC and the National Disease Clusters Alliance, incorporated research by governments and peer-reviewed academic studies.  The authors are calling for renewed federal support to help confirm these clusters, and to determine their...

2011-02-24 15:40:00

NRC's Assumptions About the Impacts of Waste Disposal are Obsolete - An Environmental Impact Statement is Needed to Comply With Federal Law, Groups Say WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Less than a week after three states went to court to dispute the safety issues of storing nuclear waste on site at reactor sites, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) faces two major new legal challenges to the agency's 2010 findings that used nuclear reactor fuel and high-level...

2011-02-23 14:06:00

Survey Conducted in (OH-8th) Congressional District Tracks With National Survey Findings; Clear Local Message: Let the Environmental Protection Agency Do Its Job of Protecting Public Health and the Environment. WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A clear majority of registered voters in the Ohio 8th Congressional District oppose the support provided last week by Rep. John Boehner to block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from updating clean air safeguards needed...

2011-02-10 12:22:00

New Poll Data Reveal Views of TX-29 Registered Voters About Issue to be Decided by Texas' Key House Energy & Commerce Committee Member; Voters Want Experts to Make the Calls, Not Politicians WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sixty-five percent of Rep. Gene Green's constituents in the Texas 29th Congressional District oppose a controversial bill to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to reduce carbon dioxide and other pollutants, a new poll...

2011-02-10 12:23:00

New Poll Data Reveal Views of CO-4 Registered Voters About Issue to be Decided by Colorado's Key House Energy & Commerce Committee Member; Voters Want Experts to Make the Calls, Not Politicians WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sixty-one percent of Rep. Cory Gardner's constituents in the Colorado 4th Congressional District oppose a controversial bill to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to reduce carbon dioxide and other pollutants, a new poll...