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Alliance Launched To Save Bees

Sixty-five chefs, restaurant owners and other culinary leaders joined us to launch the Bee Friendly Food Alliance. Through the Alliance, chefs and restaurateurs are calling attention to the importance of bees to our food supply, the dramatic die-off of bee populations, and the need to protect our pollinators. LEARN MORE.

News Release | Environment America

Natalie Portman and Scientist Mothers Call on EPA to Protect Public Health and Set Strong Limits on Pollution

Over the next two months, the Environmental Protection Agency will draft new rules limiting mercury and other toxic air pollution from coal-fired power plants and large industrial facilities. Mothers from two professions – acting and science – are joining Environment America and the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) to urge the agency to set the strongest possible standards to protect public health. Today, Natalie Portman and six scientists—who have expertise in a range of disciplines related to climate science and environmental health—released a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson – also the mother of two boys -- asking her to support stringent standards for limiting mercury pollution.

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Report | Environment America

Dirty Energy's Assault on Our Health: Mercury

Our dependence on oil and coal-fired power plants has broad detrimental impacts on our health and our environment. Power plants represent America’s single biggest source of air pollution, affecting our waterways, destroying ecosystems, and polluting the air we breathe.  Pollution from coal-fired power plants in particular contributes to four of the five leading causes of mortality in the United States: heart disease, cancer, stroke, and chronic respiratory diseases.

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News Release | Environment America

New Report: Mercury Pollution from Power Plants a Major Threat to Americans’ Health, Environment

Power plants in America emitted 134, 365 pounds of mercury pollution in 2009, according to the new Environment America report, Dirty Energy’s Assault on our Health: Mercury. The report found that power plants in just four states—Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia—are responsible for over 35 percent of all mercury pollution from power plants in the United States. The report comes as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is set to propose a standard by March to limit mercury and other toxic air pollution from power plants.

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News Release | Environment America

Recommendations of Oil Spill Commission Co-Chairs Must be Implemented

Today Oil Spill Commission Co-Chairs, former Senator Bob Graham and former EPA Administrator Bill Reilly, asked both House and Senate energy committees to legislate recommendations made by the Oil Spill Commission that investigated the causes of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill with the help of dozens of experts and industry participation. The Commission’s report, released two weeks ago, contains dozens of important recommendations for industry and the government.Mike Gravitz, Oceans Advocate of Environment America responded.

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News Release | Environment America

Marin County Joins 23 Other California Counties/Cities To Ban Single-Use Bags

Today Marin County Board of Supervisors overcame the plastic industry opposition with their unanimous vote to ban single-use bags from Marin County

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