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  • Restructuring natural resource majors

    A troublesome trend is occurring at colleges and universities around the country: fewer students are graduating with degrees in natural resource related degree programs. As a result, the number of qualified professionals to manage fish and wildlife programs is dwindling. What is even more troubling is that nationally, the percentage of students enrolling in the major has increased. For reasons ...

  • England launches audit of natural resources

    A wide-ranging audit of England’s natural resources – its wildlife, habitats and ecosystems – was launched on Monday by Environment Secretary Hilary Benn. The two year project will result in the most comprehensive picture ever of our natural environment, the benefits it provides to society, and how it is changing. Using the expertise of people from a wide variety of organisations, it will ...

  • Nuclear security summit fosters an Illusion of achievement, says NRDC

    The concrete results of this week’s Nuclear Security Summit in Washington are not commensurate with the risk of nuclear terrorism, according to nuclear experts at the Natural Resources Defense Council. Following is a statement from Dr. Thomas B. Cochran, a nuclear physicist and nuclear security expert at NRDC: 'President Obama is to be commended for convening the Nuclear Security ...

  • NRDC reacts to the Obama administration`s nuclear posture review

    The White House issued its Nuclear Posture Review today, outlining the administration’s approach to nuclear weapons. The administration makes modest but welcome progress on restricting U.S. use of nuclear weapons. It pledged to refrain from developing new weapons. But more progress is needed on the larger goal of nuclear disarmament, said nuclear experts at the Natural Resources Defense Council. ...

  • NRDC calls for clean debt bill

    In response to efforts by House Republicans to add anti-environmental riders to legislation raising the debt limit, Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, released the following statement: “The House Republican effort to saddle debt limit legislation with anti-environmental riders is an irresponsible and reckless move. They’ve taken our future hostage, ...

  • Nancy Sutley Leaves Important Legacy

    The following is a statement by Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, upon the announcement by Nancy Sutley that she plans to resign as chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. “Nancy Sutley has been at the nexus of key progress on environment protection since 2009. In particular, she was a driving force in the creation and implementation of ...

  • NRDC: House Bills Threaten Public Safeguards

    The House of Representatives today passed a package of bills, HR 2804, that would hobble--and even prevent--federal agencies from carrying out their Congressional mandates to implement and enforce safeguards to protect public health and safety. David Goldston, Director of Government Affairs for the Natural Resources Defense Council, issued the following statement: “The House Republican ...

  • NRDC Lauds President’s Protection of Spectacular New Mexico Mountains

    President Obama on Wednesday will designate nearly half a million acres of rugged mountain ranges in New Mexico as the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, preserving the area’s spectacular scenery, ancient petroglyphs, rare flora and fauna and its recreational opportunities. Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, made the following statement: ...

  • Chinese Premier to attend Copenhagen talks and China announces carbon intensity target

    China announced today that Premier Wen Jiabao will attend the Copenhagen climate summit and that China will commit to reducing its carbon intensity by 40 to 45 percent from 2005 levels by 2020. The following is a statement from Barbara Finamore, China Program Director at the Natural Resources Defense Council: 'This is a significant announcement that moves international climate negotiations ...

  • House Bill Would Delay Clean-ups, Jeopardizing Public Health and Our Environment

    The U.S. House today approved a misguided bill that would needlessly defer cleanup of toxic sites and disrupt federal work by no longer requiring many companies to carry insurance that would cover costs if their facilities become hazardous to the public. Following is a statement on H.R. 2279 by Scott Slesinger, legislative director at the Natural Resources Defense Council: ...

  • NRDC: Whitehouse-Waxman task force will help nation address climate change

    Building on President Obama’s inaugural commitment to address climate change, key congressional leaders today announced a new Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change that will be co-chaired by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA). The goal is to provide a Congressional forum for discussions on solutions and actions to try to solve the climate crisis. Below is a ...

  • Illinois bill signed into law, but fracking should not proceed

    Governor Pat Quinn signed new oil and gas regulations into law today that will put some initial protections in place from the known dangers associated with fracking. The Natural Resources Defense Council continues to support a fracking moratorium in the state. The new rules, however, start to address a dangerous situation in Illinois where the controversial practice was occurring legally but ...

  • Natural resource management critical to peacebuilding

    Intrastate conflicts are likely to drag on and escalate without a greater focus on environment and natural resources in the peacebuilding process, according to a new report launched today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). In addition, conflicts with a link to natural resources are twice as likely to relapse within the first five years, as shown by data collected by Uppsala ...

  • NRDC President: Obama Preserves Vital Lands and Stories of America

    President Obama designated five new national monuments today: Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in New Mexico; First State National Monument in Delaware; Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland; Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Ohio; and San Juan Islands National Monument in Washington state. Following is a statement from Natural Resources Defense ...

  • House energy bill falls short, say NRDC

    Today, Frances Beinecke, President of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), issued the following statement on the House energy Bill, the “Comprehensive American Energy Security and Consumer Protection Act”: “The House energy bill falls short of what Americans really need to meet our energy challenges. Big Oil is playing off the fears Americans faced with rising gas prices and is ...

  • Another pebble mine partner abandons disastrous Bristol Bay Project

    Anglo American plc, the lead financier and primary partner in the ill-conceived Pebble Mine project, announced today it is abandoning the development in another clear sign that plans for the disastrous project should be shelved. NRDC Western Director and Senior Attorney Joel Reynolds made the following comment: “With the principal partner abandoning this disastrous project and writing down ...

  • New York puts indefinite pause on Fracking decision

    New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah informed New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation today that the Department of Health’s Public Review of hydraulic fracturing will require additional time to complete due to the of complexity the issue and new science that needs to be included. This recommendation almost certainly substantially delays the ...

  • Living Sculptures: NRDC brings engaging environmental art to Expo Chicago

    The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) will present the work of Seattle-based artist and environmental advocate Vaughn Bell at EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall September 19th - September 22nd. Last year's inaugural NRDC booth at EXPO CHICAGO featured artwork by esteemed artists Maya Lin and Gordon Matta-Clark. ...

  • NRDC President Beinecke: Sandy-Impacted senators send powerful message to president to get moving on climate change

    Senators from states that suffered major damage from Hurricane Sandy sent a letter with a forceful message to President Obama today calling on him to follow up on his promise to take bold action now against climate change. Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, made these comments about letter from Democratic Senators Robert Menendez of New Jersey; Chuck Schumer and ...

  • FDA acknowledges potential harmful effects of antibacterial chemicals

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration acknowledged today the antibacterial chemical triclosan is no more effective than regular soap and water at preventing infections. The agency also expressed concern about the development of antibiotic resistance from using antibacterial products and triclosan’s potential long-term health effects. Today's announcement stems from correspondence earlier this ...

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