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We helped lead the charge on the first statewide bag ban.

Big victory! California is the first state to ban single-use plastic bags, thanks in large part to the work of our state affiliate in California. When this law goes into effect in July 2015, we’ll take billions of plastic bags out of our environment. That means cleaner rivers and a safer future for sea turtles and other Pacific wildlife. In 2013, the number of communities banning plastic disposable bags—the kind that  often wash into the sea and harm sea birds and other marine animals—surpassed 100, thanks in part to the advocacy and organizing of our state affiliates across the country.

News Release | Environment America

Victory: Pristine New Mexico landscape soon to be protected as National Monument

LAS CRUCES, NM – Today, the White House announced President Obama will permanently protect nearly a half million acres of pristine public land in New Mexico, known as the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks, by designating the area a national monument.
This is a major victory for both New Mexicans and the American public who called on the administration to formally protect the region.

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News Release | Environment America

U.S Senate Fails Clean Energy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This Thursday afternoon, the Senate voted down a tax package that included extension of the expired incentives for clean energy sources such as wind and energy efficiency. Environment America Federal Global Warming Program Director Julian Boggs issued the following statement:

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News Release | Environment America

President Obama Announces More Good News for Solar Energy

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – Today President Obama announced commitments from more than 300 private and public sector organizations and institutions to harness the power of the sun. These commitments will add 850 megawatts of solar energy and expand energy efficiency in America’s homes and businesses.

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News Release | Environment America

Drought, Flooding, and Extreme Weather Threaten American Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On Tuesday, the U.S. Global Change Research Program published the third National Climate Assessment. The report found that every region of the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii, is currently experiencing the effects of global warming.

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News Release | Environment America

Victory for Clean Air: Supreme Court Upholds Life-Saving Standards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision upholding the Environmental Protection Agency’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. EPA has projected that this critical clean air safeguard would prevent roughly 34,000 premature deaths annually by cutting emissions of smog- and soot-forming pollution from power plants in the central and eastern regions of the country.

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