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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

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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News Release | Environment America

State Department Extends Comment Period for Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

On Friday, the State Department announced that the comment period for the Keystone XL tar sands Pipeline will be extended, delaying President Obama’s final decision on the project.

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News Release | Environment America

Cities Leading the Solar Revolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The amount of solar energy installed in the U.S. has increased 200-fold since 2002, and cities are playing a critical role, according to a new report from Environment America. The report, ‘Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution,’ a first-of-its-kind comparative look at the growth of solar power in major American cities. 

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News Release | Environment America

Over 200 State Legislators Call on President Obama for Continued Action to Protect America’s Public Lands

Washington, DC -- In anticipation of National Parks Week, 230 state legislators from around the country today released a letter calling on President Obama to continue to fulfill his State of the Union promise to use his authority to protect America’s public lands.

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