Natural Resources Defense Council


Maryland Beaches Rated Among Best In Nation

When it comes to beaches, Maryland scores very high for clean water.


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The Unclean Truth: How Five Cities Stack Up On Recycling

From the East Coast to the West Coast, recycling is a big issue for local governments.


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Md. Improves Air Quality, But Still Ranks In Top 20 Power Plant Polluters

New rankings show Maryland remains among the nation’s top 20 power plant polluters.


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States’ Readiness Ranked In Face Of Water Threats; Md. Among Most Prepared

A state-by-state analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council shows New Mexico, Arizona and more than two dozen other states could face increased threats to water supplies without more planning for rising temperatures and other climate changes.


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Md. Ranks 5th In Nation For Toxic Air, Coal-Burning Plants Blamed

A new report reveals the air you’re breathing in Maryland is some of the most toxic in the nation. But our No. 5 ranking may be misleading.



Md. Ranks Fifth Worst In Power Plant Pollution

A new study ranks Maryland fifth worst in the nation for pollution from coal- and oil-fired power plants.