Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

Stabilizing the Earth's climate is the critical environmental challenge. We use national, regional and global approaches to preserve life and prosperity.


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Stories: Green construction jobs rise as sustainable building increases. May 31, 2010.

Environmental Defense Fund was founded in 1967 by a small group of scientists. Ever since, we've relied on science to help define our policy goals. In 2002, for example, we assembled the science proving that marine protected areas boost fish populations dramatically: This led to the creation of vitally needed ocean reserves. EDF today has more Ph.D. scientists and economists engaged in advocacy than any other similar organization.

Our biologists and chemists are deeply involved in the most critical environmental challenge of our time, global warming. Our work is directed by chief scientist Dr. Steven P. Hamburg, who has served as a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, formed in 1988.

Since our founding, our science-based efforts have influenced government and corporate policy to produce winning results: Advancing public understanding of climate science. EDF climate scientists played a key role in highlighting the urgency of global warming.

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