Environmental, public health groups to Senate: Act on toxic PFAS in drinking water
Over one hundred environmental and community groups urge U.S. Supreme Court to uphold federal clean water protections
Statement: The Home Depot shareholders take first step to protect forests
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Natural Resources Committee to consider strengthening roadless area protections
The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands will hold a hearing on Wednesday to consider the Roadless Area Conservation Act. Introduced in 2021 by Reps. Ruben Gallego of Arizona and Diana DeGette of Colorado, this bill would reinforce the landmark 2001 Roadless Rule, which was enacted under the Clinton administration. Indigenous leaders and conservation advocates expressed support for the Roadless Area Conservation Act because it will establish more permanent protections for critical forests, including the Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska.
Conservation groups welcome Biden order on Climate Forests
On Friday, President Joe Biden will issue an executive order that directs federal agencies to conduct an inventory of mature and old-growth forests on America’s federal lands so that policies can be adopted to protect them. The administration framed the move as a key strategy to store carbon and address climate change.
New study ranks Phoenix in top ten U.S. cities for solar
Phoenix ranked no. 7 in the U.S. for total installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in the latest edition of the Environment Arizona Research & Policy Center’s report Shining Cities: The Top U.S. Cities for Solar Energy. The report, which is the eighth edition of America’s most comprehensive survey of installed solar PV capacity in major U.S. cities, designates Arizona’s capital city a ‘Solar Superstar,’ meaning it boasts 100 or more watts of solar PV capacity installed per capita.
Statement: Senate passes Chiricahua National Park Act
The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Chiricahua National Park Act on Thursday afternoon, pushing the “Wonderland of Rocks” one step closer to being the nation’s next national park.
Nation’s environmental leaders urge Governor Newsom to save solar
SAN FRANCISCO – As the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) considers gutting the state’s bedrock solar program, a broad coalition of national and state environmental organizations delivered a letter Wednesday to CPUC commissioners and Gov. Gavin Newsom urging them to immediately issue an alternative that allows rooftop solar and battery storage to continue to grow. The letter was delivered by 70 organizations, including Environment America, Environment California, Greenpeace, The Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club, Environmental Working Group and the Center for Biological Diversity.
Environment America submits nearly 16,000 comments in support of restoring protections for Tongass National Forest
With the comment period for a proposal to protect 9.2 million acres of Tongass National Forest ending Monday, Environment America submitted 15,941 comments to the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) as part of a national effort which generated more than 100,000 comments in favor of protection. I
Statement: Department of Interior announces proposal to protect Chaco Canyon
Stopping new oil and gas leasing in this sensitive area is a big step forward
Year in review: environmental victories in 2021
Environment America and its state partners made important headway on a broad range of environmental issues in 2021 – from protecting wild spaces and our drinking water to speeding our transition to clean energy and reforming our transportation system.
Statement: EPA makes right choice by enacting strong clean car rule
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule on Monday to limit global warming pollution from cars and trucks. In total, the EPA’s new rule will result in more than 3.1 billion tons of avoided greenhouse gas emissions through 2050, which is the equivalent to more than half of net U.S. carbon dioxide emissions in 2019.
New report: Arizona ranks among national leaders in solar growth
Arizona ranks fourth in the nation for growth in solar power generation since 2011, according to a new report released today by Environment Arizona Research & Policy Center. Renewables on the Rise 2021: The rapid growth of renewables, electric vehicles and other building blocks of a clean energy future documents the growth of six key clean energy technologies across the U.S. over the past decade: solar power, wind power, battery storage, energy efficiency, electric vehicles and heat pumps.