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The National Climate Assessment shows that wildlife and communities are already feeling the impacts of climate with rising seas, ocean acidification, heavier precipitation, changes in growing seasons, decreased cold and snow pack, increased incidence of pests, devastating wildfires and droughts, and other significant impacts.  Photo by Mary Harvey

Why Wildlife is Cheering for the Clean Power Plan

8/3/2015 // By Jim Murphy

President Obama has taken a historic and ambitious step in the fight against carbon pollution that threatens wildlife. With the announcement of the finalized Clean Power Plan, the President has enacted the first ever rules designed to reduce harmful greenhouse …

Sandhill cranes are one of the many species that are impacted by tar sands development. Photo by Myrna Erler Bradshaw.

Time for the Senate to pass Shaheen-Portman – without Keystone XL

5/6/2014 // By Lena Moffitt

It’s ironic—on the same day a massive report is released detailing the increasingly severe impacts of climate change on the U.S., the Senate will likely sink a common-sense energy efficiency bill by weighing it down with partisan, anti-environmental, anti-climate riders. …

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Green School Challenge A Success

4/30/2014 // By Marya Fowler

“We will persevere until every watt is watched!” proclaimed the 4th and 5th grade students in Brentwood Elementary School’s Environmental Club. Such is an example of the enthusiasm generated by a recent Green School Challenge held in Central Texas. A partnership between the …

Nebraska Groups Offer Utilities Road Map to Cleaner Energy Future

8/23/2013 // By NWF

Nebraska is unique among the U.S. states: It’s the only one that serves its electric customers entirely through public power entities. While this system of 100 percent public power has been largely successful keeping consumer rates low through the years, …

Power plant in front of U.S. Capitol

Polluter Lobbying Campaign Threatens Bipartisan Energy Progress in Senate

7/28/2013 // By Larry Schweiger

The U.S. Senate is set to take up a bipartisan bill to promote energy efficiency sponsored by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-IN). As summer’s climate-fueled heat waves, drought and wildfires cook America from coast to coast, …

Hurricane Sandy crumbled coastal infrastructure and reminded us how expensive recovery efforts will be as storms intensify (flickr/U.S.Coast Guard)

An Updated Social Cost of Carbon Shows that the Economy Benefits from Cutting Carbon Pollution

6/3/2013 // By Amber Hewett

Just before the weekend, the Obama Administration nodded in the direction of more responsive limits on carbon pollution, and acknowledged that the science and economics tell the story that many are already seeing around the country and worldwide.  As carbon …

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Senators Reach across the Aisle to Create Jobs and Reduce Emissions

4/19/2013 // By Amber Hewett

In confidence that success inspires more of the same, let’s take a moment to celebrate a model of bipartisan leadership that we saw in the Senate yesterday morning when Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) reintroduced their Energy …

Savannah Country Day School (Laura Hickey)

It’s Official: Inaugural U.S. Green Ribbon School Award Winners Announced!

4/30/2012 // By Danielle Moodie-Mills

On April 23, 2012, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, alongside White House Council for Environmental Quality (CEQ) Chairwoman Nancy Sutley and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, announced the winnersof the inaugural U.S. Green Ribbon School Awards. Seventy-eight schools representing 29 states were …

The Festival of Renewable Lights

12/20/2011 // By Amanda Stone

Every year Hanukkah brings the same questions: 1) How do you spell that? (the one I’m using is apparently preferred by the Library of Congress. Thanks LoC!) 2) When is that again? Funnily enough, I can’t recall anyone ever asking …

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My Home Energy Audit: Finding Treasures in the Attic

8/12/2011 // By Carla Brown

It has been on our family’s “honey-do” list for years – a home energy audit. With few dollars to spend, and limited understanding of home construction, we wanted to know what investment would give us the greatest return. We want …

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