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Achieving India’s Solar Energy Goals Could Create 1 Million Jobs

A report from India’s Council on Energy, Environment and Water and NRDC highlights the tremendous amount of job creation that could result from realizing India PM Modi’s renewable energy goals.

Understanding California's Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act

EarthTalk: Implementation of California’s Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Law

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Three regions in California recently implemented transportation plans as part of a statewide strategy for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Can you explain? — Bill Oakes, Reno, NV Americans are becoming increasingly concerned about global warming even as Washington politicians continue…

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There are many ways to define a sustainable community, but in general they sport healthy amounts of green space and shared vegetable gardens; mass transit, biking and walking replacing the majority of automobile traffic; and mixed use communities where schools, residences and commercial spaces are near each other and are powered by clean, renewable energy sources.

EarthTalk: Defining Sustainable Communities

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: The term “sustainable communities” gets bantered around quite a bit today. Could you define it for me?  — Holly Parker, Mechanicsburg, PA Kaid Benfield, Sustainable Communities program director at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), uses the term “sustainable communities”…

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EarthTalk: The Deep Carbon Footprint of Water Managament

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I read somewhere that our various systems for collecting, distributing and treating water are very energy intensive and, as such, contribute significantly to global warming. How does that happen and what can we do to correct such problems?            — Marina…

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Water shortages are already becoming serious issues in the West, Southwest, and Plains states due to global warming

EarthTalk: Climate Change and Water Supplies in the U.S.

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: How is it that global warming could negatively impact water supplies in the U.S.?  — Penny Wilcox, Austin, TX Climate change promises to have a very big impact on water supplies in the United States as well as around the…

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The Growth of Corporate Sustainability in 2012

Powerful forces are aligning to drive corporate sustainability in 2012.  Companies are eliminating waste and diminishing greenhouse gas emissions due to the realization that the pursuit of environmental benefits yields material results. More companies than ever are creating economic value from enhanced social and environmental outcomes. A recent study by Green Research titled Annual Sustainability Executive Survey, 2012, found that corporate sustainability spending…

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NRDC - the Switchboard

Budget Passed in Congress Will Invest in International Efforts to Curb Global Warming (but still not enough)

This post first appeared on the Natural Resources Defense Council blog Switchboard The long drama of whether or not the US Congress would invest in international efforts to curb global warming pollution or gut these investments is finally over – at least for the rest of this fiscal year.  Last week President Obama signed into law a budget for the…

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