It’s already bad enough that we create a lot of carbon pollution by doing useful things like heating our homes and moving people and goods around, do we also have to burn gigantic amounts of fossil fuels for no reason? Continue reading →
Americans recycled nearly 65 million tons of waste in 2010, according to a recent report from the Environmental Protection Agency, but how much did all that waste diversion benefit the planet? Using the EcoRewards Recycling Environmental Impact Calculator, Earth911 determined that this enormous amount of material recycled reduced greenhouse gases by the equivalent of permanently [...] Continue reading →
Peter Lehner, Executive Director, New York City
To further dispute the right-wing gospel that pollution creates jobs, a new report finds that boosting our national recycling and composting rate to 75 percent would create 2.3 million job… Continue reading →
Last year, the average American produced 4.43 pounds of waste per day and recycled and composted 1.51 pounds of that material. That’s according to a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency, which released “Municipal Solid Waste Generation, Recycling and Disposal in the United States: Facts and Figures for 2010,” on Nov. 15, in conjunction [...] Continue reading →
Allen Hershkowitz, Senior Scientist, NYC and throughout the world
A new report released today by a coalition of labor and environmental groups estimates that recycling 75 percent of the nation’s municipal waste, in combination wit… Continue reading →
Deron Lovaas, Federal Transportation Policy Director, Washington, D.C.
Earlier this month, General Motors announced it will help millions of GM vehicle owners to rent out their cars. The new peer-to-peer car sharing service—a… Continue reading →
Rich Kassel, Senior Attorney and Director, Clean Fuels and Vehicles Project, New York City
Today’s online edition of OnEarth, NRDC’s award-winning magazine, includes an interview with Jacob Sterling, who leads the climate and environmen… Continue reading →
Junk mail is not only a minor inconvenience in your daily life, but it also takes a toll on the environment. Nearly 100 million trees are cut down annually to make junk mail in the U.S., according to the Bay Area Recycling Outreach Coalition, and ForestEthics found that junk mail’s carbon footprint is equal to [...] Continue reading →
Dale Bryk, Director, Air & Energy Program, New York Anyone who knows me knows I’m tethered to my Blackberry.
That means that I’m also tethered, willingly or not, to a network of energy-hogging data centers. They’re the backbone of our… Continue reading →
Frances Beinecke, President of NRDC, New York City On Wednesday, President Obama laid out an ambitious plan for a clean energy future. That future will be built on advanced cars, energy efficiency, and renewable power, the president said. It will also … Continue reading →
Today, Deepwater Wind announced plans to build two offshore wind projects in the US. The first plan proposed is a 5-8 turbine demonstration offshore wind project close to Block Island, as a replacement to a previously announced 100 turbine, 350 MW proj… Continue reading →
China still has a chance to jump over the trap of car dependence and innovate new ways of sustainable living—if it chooses.
For over ten days in late August, a traffic jam in the northwest corner of Beijing stretched sixty miles toward Inner Mong… Continue reading →