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Robert Redford on Paul Newman, Sundance and the Increasingly Crucial Fight to Save the Earth

Article: Robert Redford on Paul Newman, Sundance and the Increasingly Crucial Fight to Save the Earth

Speaking about his long-time friend and mentor, Robert Redford told a crowd in New York City that he learned a great deal from the late Paul Newman, especially generosity. “Back then it was really about actors playing roles. It wasn’t until later that it became more about actors’ personalities,” Redford told a packed theater at Lincoln Center.

The crowd enthusiastically hung on Redford’s words. This was no doubt because of the star power of the great actor, director and Sundance Institute creator (particularly because the audience skewed toward his generation), but perhaps even more so because the crowd was packed with committed environmentalists. This was a special, intimate conversation between Redford, a longtime green leader, and veteran radio journalist Bob Edwards (formerly of NPR and now of Sirius radio), hosted by the New York-based Natural Resources Defense Council (Watch video of NRDC head Frances Beinecke accepting a 2009 Heart of Green Award).

U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Weak Bush-era Mercury Rule

Article: U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Weak Bush-era Mercury Rule

WASHINGTON, DC, February 24, 2009 (ENS) – The U.S. Supreme Court Monday declined to consider a Bush-era rule that would have allowed a cap-and-trade approach to mercury, a toxic heavy metal emitted by power plants that burn coal and oil. Power plants are the largest source of mercury in the nation. The Supreme Court’s decision…

Court Halts Oil and Gas Leasing in Utah Wilderness

Article: Court Halts Oil and Gas Leasing in Utah Wilderness

WASHINGTON, DC, January 19, 2009 (ENS) – At least 110,000 acres of pristine Utah wilderness is temporarily protected from oil and gas companies due to a ruling Saturday night by a federal judge in a case brought by conservationists. Judge Ricardo Urbina of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted a temporary…

Robert Redford: Democracy Is Working

Article: Robert Redford: Democracy Is Working

Democracy is working. At least that’s the news for now from my friends at the Natural Resources Defense Council, which has filed a lawsuit against last-minute Bush Administration plans to lease huge swaths of majestic wilderness in Utah for oil and gas extraction. Late last night, NRDC and a coalition of environmental and preservation groups…

Robert Redford: You Can't Put A Price On Silence Or Solitude

Article: Robert Redford: You Can't Put A Price On Silence Or Solitude

You can’t put a price on silence or solitude. You can’t quantify the beauty of wilderness. And yet that’s not going to stop the Bush administration from trying to sell off what should be the birthright of future generations. In three days, this Friday, 110,000 acres of majestic Utah wild lands go on the auction…

President Bush Signs Obama's Mercury Export Ban into Law

Article: President Bush Signs Obama's Mercury Export Ban into Law

WASHINGTON, DC, October 15, 2008 (ENS) – A bill introduced by Senator Barack Obama that will help protect Americans and people around the world from mercury poisoning by banning the export of elemental mercury from the United States, was signed into law last night by President George W. Bush. Senator Obama, the Democratic presidential candidate,…

Navy Sonar v. Whales Argued in U.S. Supreme Court

Article: Navy Sonar v. Whales Argued in U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, DC, October 8, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Supreme Court today waded into a dispute between the U.S. military and environmentalists and appeared closely divided over whether a federal judge had the authority to force the Navy to restrict sonar training exercises off the coast of California in order to minimize harm to whales…

EPA Ordered to Set Standards for Construction Site Runoff

Article: EPA Ordered to Set Standards for Construction Site Runoff

PASADENA, California, September 21, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must set standards to control stormwater pollution from the construction of strip malls, subdivisions and other new developments, according to a decision of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The EPA and the National Association of Homebuilders had appealed a district court…

Truckers Seek Review of Ruling in SoCal Ports Clean Air Case

Article: Truckers Seek Review of Ruling in SoCal Ports Clean Air Case

LOS ANGELES, California, September 10, 2008 (ENS) – The Clean Truck Program for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has survived a legal challenge by the American Trucking Associations. This federation of motor carriers, state trucking associations, and national trucking conferences had challenged a provision of the program that provides the ports with…

Mysterious Honey Bee Disorder Buzzes into Court

Article: Mysterious Honey Bee Disorder Buzzes into Court

WASHINGTON, DC, August 19, 2008 (ENS) – The nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council filed a lawsuit Monday in federal court in Washington DC to force the federal government to disclose studies on the effect of a new pesticide on honey bees. Studies on the pesticide, clothianidin, were ordered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from…

EPA Agrees to Set Beach Water Criteria By 2012

Article: EPA Agrees to Set Beach Water Criteria By 2012

LOS ANGELES, California, August 11, 2008 (ENS) – The association representing most of the country’s municipal sewerage agencies says it is satisfied with an settlement reached Friday that ensures its members will be represented as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency develops new criteria for beach water quality. The head of the National Association of Clean…

Water Quality at U.S. Vacation Beaches Slightly Improved

Article: Water Quality at U.S. Vacation Beaches Slightly Improved

WASHINGTON, DC, July 29, 2008 (ENS) – There were fewer closings and health advisories due to polluted water at American beaches last year than in 2006, the worst year for beach water pollution, finds the annual report on beach water quality issued today by the Natural Resources Defense Council. But there is little room for…

Auto, Electricity Sectors Collaborate on Plug-in Hybrids

Article: Auto, Electricity Sectors Collaborate on Plug-in Hybrids

SAN JOSE, California, July 22, 2008 (ENS) – General Motors and 34 utilities have agreed to collaborate with the Electric Power Research Institute on research and development to facilitate integration of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles into the power grid. Plug-in hybrids can average nearly 100 miles per gallon using a combination of electricity and gasoline.…

California's Delta Smelt Could Merit Endangered Listing

Article: California's Delta Smelt Could Merit Endangered Listing

SACRAMENTO, California, July 11, 2008 (ENS) – The delta smelt, a small silvery fish that has come to represent the condition of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Estuary, may be declared an endangered species under U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service action announced Wednesday. The federal agency made a positive preliminary finding on a petition by three environmental…

U.S. EPA Rejects ConocoPhillips Refinery Expansion

Article: U.S. EPA Rejects ConocoPhillips Refinery Expansion

CHICAGO, Illinois, June 10, 2008 (ENS) – In a case that could affect oil refineries around the country, plans by ConocoPhillips to expand its refinery in Roxana, Illinois were sidelined on Friday when an appeal board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency upheld a challenge to the air permit required for the project. The decision…

Green Job Forecast for the Growing Green Economy

Article: Green Job Forecast for the Growing Green Economy

WASHINGTON, DC, June 4, 2008 (ENS) – Millions of U.S. workers already have the skills and experience to fill the jobs needed to fight climate change and build a green economy in the United States, finds a report issued today that was commissioned by the nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council, NRDC. As its standard, the…

Global Warming Sticker Shock

Article: Global Warming Sticker Shock

WASHINGTON, DC, May 23, 2008 (ENS) – If global warming continues unchecked, by 2100, New York City will feel like Las Vegas does today and San Francisco will have a climate comparable to that of today’s New Orleans. In 2100, Boston will have average temperatures like those in Memphis, Tennessee today. These higher temperatures will…

Tejon Ranch Agreement Conserves California's Wild Heritage

Article: Tejon Ranch Agreement Conserves California's Wild Heritage

TEJON RANCH, California, May 9, 2008 (ENS) – The publicly traded Tejon Ranch Co. and five environmental groups have agreed to permanent conservation of 90 percent of the giant ranch, the parties announced Thursday. In exchange, the Tejon Ranch is guaranteed the right to proceed with its existing development plans in three locations along the…

Red Sox Recognized for Greening Fenway Park

Article: Red Sox Recognized for Greening Fenway Park

BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 25, 2008 (ENS) – Historic Fenway Park – home of the World Champion Boston Red Sox – is getting greener. The work to address environmental issues at the 96 year old baseball stadium has earned an “Environmental Merit Award” for excellence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA. The award, presented by…

Green Jobs Campaign Aims to Create 820,000 New Jobs

Article: Green Jobs Campaign Aims to Create 820,000 New Jobs

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, April 8, 2008 (ENS) – An alliance of labor and conservation groups today launched the national Green Jobs for America campaign. The United Steelworkers, the Sierra Club [www.sierraclub.org], the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Blue Green Alliance [www.bluegreenalliance.org], which is a partnership of the Steelworkers and Sierra Club, will campaign from now…

Groups Press Legal Action on Behalf of Polar Bears

Article: Groups Press Legal Action on Behalf of Polar Bears

SAN FRANCISCO, California, March 11, 2008 (ENS) – Three conservation groups filed a lawsuit against the Bush administration on Monday for missing the legal deadline to issue a final decision on whether or not to list the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act. The Center for Biological Diversity, Greenpeace and the Natural Resources Defense…

Water Contamination Suit Filed Against Dickson County, Tennessee

Article: Water Contamination Suit Filed Against Dickson County, Tennessee

WASHINGTON, DC, March 7, 2008 (ENS) – The Natural Resources Defense Council and two residents of Dickson, Tennessee have filed a lawsuit against the Dickson County and city governments. They allege that trichloroethylene, TCE, an industrial chemical disposed at the Dickson Landfill that has been linked to neurological and developmental harm and cancer, poses an…

New York City First With Electronics Recycling Law

Article: New York City First With Electronics Recycling Law

NEW YORK, New York, February 15, 2008 (ENS) – New York City Council passed legislation Wednesday that makes New York the first major municipality in the nation to tackle the rising tide of discarded electronics in the waste stream. Manufacturers of computers, TVs and MP3 players will have to take responsibility for the collection of…

Green Grammys Honor Great Music With Smaller Carbon Footprint

Article: Green Grammys Honor Great Music With Smaller Carbon Footprint

LOS ANGELES, California, February 11, 20087 (ENS) – British pop star Amy Winehouse took five of the music industry’s top honors at the 50th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles Sunday, but for environmentalists what went on behind the scenes was equally important. Wind energy powered the Grammy Awards show, which featured jazz pianist Herbie…

Environmentalists Win a Second Navy Sonar Case This Week

Article: Environmentalists Win a Second Navy Sonar Case This Week

LOS ANGELES, California, February 6, 2008 (ENS) – A federal court in San Francisco today issued a preliminary injunction limiting the area in which the U.S. Navy may train with a low-frequency sonar system, known as Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System Low Frequency Active sonar, or SURTASS LFA, that booms low tones at high volume…