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Joe Mendelson was NWF's Director of Policy, Climate & Energy Program where he leads a team of legislative and policy professionals to develop and implement solutions to global warming. Before NWF, Joe was co-founder and legal director of the Center for Food Safety and International Center for Technology Assessment where he developed and initiated the first legal case in the U.S. seeking the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. He served as co-counsel throughout the case as it was argued successfully before the U.S. Supreme Court and resulted in the landmark ruling of Massachusetts v. EPA. You can follow him on Twitter @jmendelson3.
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The Public Is Speaking: Action on Climate Change Now

11/15/2012 // By Joe Mendelson

New NWF post-election polling shows that the realignment of our politics around the issue of climate continues to gain steam.  Conducted by Zogby Analytics, the new polling shows that as more and more Americans see the impacts of climate-fueled extreme […] Read more >

President Barack Obama listens to updates on responses to Hurricane Sandy. Photo Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA.gov

After the Election: Climate Change Will Head to Top of the Agenda

11/8/2012 // By Joe Mendelson

The election is over—now what on the climate change issue? Hurricane Sandy, the nation’s fiscal situation, and the election results have combined to create three key things that I think compel Congress to action on climate change. 1. Climate Change Impacts are Costing […] Read more >

In an instant, climate change can realign politics.  Here, Democratic President Barack Obama tours devastated parts of New Jersey with Republican Governor Chris Christie.

Sandy’s Mandate: When Political Reality Meets Climate Reality

11/1/2012 // By Joe Mendelson

Whatever happens on November 6th, the tragic scenes unfolding across the 19 states impacted by Superstorm Sandy have realigned American politics when it comes to climate change. The road to Election Day has gone from sarcastic remarks in Tampa, to […] Read more >

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Climate Question Should Be Center Stage

9/7/2012 // By Joe Mendelson

The year 2012 has been seen climate change’s widespread impacts become apparent to people across the country.  As NWF’s recent report Ruined Summer highlighted, we’ve witnessed: Children and the elderly suffering through the hottest month ever recorded; Farmers and two-thirds […] Read more >

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West Nile Virus and Paying for Prevention

8/30/2012 // By Joe Mendelson

Like many across the country, I enjoy gardening and yard work during the summer. Mosquito attacks, however, have a way of diminishing the fun. Last weekend, I was out in the backyard trimming some bushes when I felt “the bite” – a nasty one going for […] Read more >

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Drought and the Climate Change Freeloaders

8/7/2012 // By Joe Mendelson

By now our news media has probably made you aware of the historic drought that is gripping the country. Almost 80 percent of the nation’s agricultural land is experiencing drought conditions not seen since the 1950′s. In mid-July, the U.S. […] Read more >

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Climate Change Becoming A Broken Record

7/9/2012 // By Joe Mendelson

Just today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its report on U.S. climate highlights for June.  The following are some key findings taken directly from the summary: The January-June period was the warmest first half of any year on record […] Read more >

Climate Change Impacts at Atlanta's Turner Field (Photo Nate Steiner/Flickr)

Bryce Harper’s Unusual Hit Speaks to Climate Change Impacts

6/4/2012 // By Joe Mendelson

Climate change is often a subtle devil.  While in 2011 we witnessed $35 billion in insured losses from climate change-fueled extreme weather, many of the other impacts progress incrementally each year until they accumulate enough to be noticed, or even […] Read more >

Clean air advocates rally outside the Chicago EPA hearing on the carbon pollution standard (Credit: Sierra Club)

NWF Voices Testify in Support of EPA Carbon Pollution Limits

5/24/2012 // By Joe Mendelson

Today, over 20 National Wildlife Federation representatives from 13 states and numerous local supporters testified in Washington, DC, and Chicago, IL, in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed carbon pollution standards for new power plants.   The new proposal would require […] Read more >

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Tackle Carbon Pollution: Save Pond Hockey

3/29/2012 // By Joe Mendelson

A new NWF report: On Thin Ice: Warming Winters Put America’s Hunting and Fishing Heritage at Risk tells how this year’s winter that wasn’t has impacted hunters and anglers across America.  I have another thing the non-winter has impacted: pond hockey – […] Read more >