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  • Environmental Defense Fund: The New Sardine – Thinking Outside the Can

    Today’s post is by Kristen Honey, EDF Lorry Lokey Fellow. Are sardines making a sustainable and sumptuous comeback? The Washington Post attempted to address this very question yesterday in a provocative article about the self-proclaimed “Sardinistas.” According to this group of nutritionists, environmentalists and foodie revolutionaries, the answer is a resounding “yes!”  Sardine advocates and cutting-edge […] More

  • Environmental Defense Fund: Is Eating Seafood Regularly Really Such a Good Thing?

    Today’s post is by Environmental Defense Fund scientist Tim Fitzgerald. Seafood is often called brain food. It’s a good source of many different nutrients, including long chain omega-3 fatty acids. Eating fish — or taking fish oil supplements — has been linked to a number of cardiovascular and neurological benefits. For this reason, most health […] More

  • Environmental Defense Fund: Global Warming by the Numbers – 13 Scary Facts

    Friday the 13th just got a little scarier. Here are 13 facts about the realities of global warming. The numbers speak for themselves — we must make 2009 the showdown year for global warming action. There is no time to lose. 35% Increase in the global carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels […] More

  • Environmental Defense Fund Map: In 2008, People Flocked to Public Transit

    Americans are driving less, spurred by steep gas prices for much of this year. We are also turning to transit like never before — especially for essential trips like going to work. Demand for public transit is at an all-time high, soaring to rates not seen since 1957. Across the country, places as diverse as […] More

  • Environmental Defense Fund: 'Ask Dr. John' – School Bus Pollution and Health

    Every day, half a million school buses safely carry 24 million American children to school, field trips and athletic events. Unfortunately, most buses are powered by diesel engines that actually pollute the air inside the bus. Studies show the pollution gets trapped inside the bus, where kids breathe it in. Dr. John Balbus, EDF’s chief […] More

  • Environmental Defense Fund: 20 Energy Solutions – From You

    This post is by Sheryl Canter, an online writer and editorial manager at Environmental Defense Fund. Last week we sent an email to our action network asking how people were coping with high oil prices. The response on our sister blog, the Green Room, was enthusiastic — over 600 comments! Here are some of our […] More

  • Environmental Defense Fund: Transportation by the Numbers

    With gas prices steep, public transit ridership is at an all-time high. Instead of cutting back on public transportation services, we should be reforming our national transportation system to create more affordable travel options for the whole country. Check out these facts about oil and gas to learn more. 96 Percent of the world’s transportation […] More

  • Environmental Defense Fund: Gas Prices Too High? Take the Bus!

    This post is by Andy Darrell, vice president for Living Cities at Environmental Defense Fund. The high cost of gas has pushed retail gas purchases down 2 to 3 percent. What are people doing instead? Taking public transportation! The first quarter report from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) found that use of public transportation […] More

  • Environmental Defense Fund: Easy Recycling of Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

    Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) use 75 percent less electricity than incandescent light bulbs for the same amount of light. (For why, see Bill’s post “Why Switch to Compact Fluorescents“.) But some people fear CFLs because of the tiny amount of mercury they contain. The risk from a broken CFL is extremely small, but CFLs […] More

  • Environmental Defense Fund: Eight Ways to Green Your Road Trip

    Peak driving season, when many Americans hit the road to visit relatives or see the sights, is now in full swing. With U.S. gas prices topping $4 a gallon in some places — and likely to edge up more during summer’s high demand — you may want to consider taking more efficient mass transportation. But […] More

  • Environmental Defense Fund: Asthma and Idling – A Bad Combination

    Today’s post is by Mel Peffers, a project manager in the Living Cities program at Environmental Defense Fund. May 6 was World Asthma Day. Since car exhaust can lead to asthma as well as global warming, we thought it would be a good day to highlight the importance of not idling your car or truck […] More

  • Environmental Defense Fund: Bothering to Save the Planet, One Step at a Time

    You swap out your light bulbs for energy-efficient ones, keep your house as chilled as a meat locker in winter, bicycle to work, eat little meat and drive a hybrid — yet nagging at you is this thought: Do my small actions make a difference? Author Michael Pollan says they do. In last week’s Sunday […] More

  • Environmental Defense Fund: Bottles, Bottles, Everywhere…

    This post is by Ramon Cruz, Senior Policy Analyst for Living Cities at Environmental Defense Fund. It’s ironic. In many parts of the world, there is no clean drinking water. Here in the U.S., pure, drinkable water flows out of every tap, and yet Americans buy a staggering amount of bottled water. We pay big […] More

  • Environmental Defense Fund: Global Warming's Silver Lining

    This post is by Fred Krupp, President of the Environmental Defense Fund. Earth: The Sequel tells the story of an exciting race that is just beginning — the race to develop low-carbon energy in time to turn our greatest environmental crisis into our greatest economic opportunity. Many people have expressed surprise that I’d write a […] More

  • Environmental Defense: Mercury in Canned Tuna — Think Twice About That Lunch

    Today’s guest blogger is Environmental Defense scientist Tim Fitzgerald. Last month’s New York Times report on high mercury levels in tuna sushi was certainly cause for concern for serious sushi lovers. (See my previous post Plenty of Safe, Eco-Friendly Fish in the Sea.) The report might have also made many parents uneasy about the ubiquitous […] More

  • Environmental Defense: Plenty of Safe, Eco-Friendly Fish in the Sea

    Today’s guest blogger is Environmental Defense scientist Tim Fitzgerald. As a marine scientist who has been researching seafood sustainability and health issues for a long time, I’ve known for a while that bluefin tuna not only has high mercury levels but is severely depleted, too. These magnificent fish are highly prized for their rich, buttery […] More

  • Environmental Defense: Eight Earth-Friendly New Year's Resolutions

    In 2008 I pledge to … 1. Replace my conventional light bulbs with energy-efficient ones. One of the simplest things you can do to save energy and pollution is to swap out your old incandescent bulbs for compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). Today’s high-tech bulbs dim, come in decorative shapes and radiate a warm, rosy glow. […] More

  • Environmental Defense: Global Warming Science — Ten Top Stories of 2007

    This post is by Lisa Moore, Ph.D., a scientist in the Climate and Air program at Environmental Defense. All year long we’ve been monitoring developments in climate science, and posting about the important new developments. I thought now would be a good time to look back over 2007 and summarize what we’ve learned. Here are […] More

  • Environmental Defense: Greening the Holidays

    Ten earth-friendly ideas to spark your imagination Intangibles can deliver green good all year long (and reduce clutter) 1. Donate time or money to a charity in honor of the gift recipient (a gift to Environmental Defense is a good choice). 2. Buy carbon offsets in the recipient’s name. Along with cutting your own carbon […] More

  • Environmental Defense: Decorate with Energy-Saving LED Christmas Lights

    Save money and cut pollution Since 1933, New York City has gotten into the holiday spirit with a giant Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. But this year, the famed tree has a new look: LED lights. You too can spruce up your tree with decorative LED string lights – and save electricity and money in […] More