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New monument honors work for women's equality

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today President Obama designated the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum as the 23rd national monument of his administration.

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U.S., Canada announce bold new agreement to protect climate, Arctic

WASHINGTON, DC  - President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today a issued a wide-ranging joint agreement to reduce global warming pollution; advance clean energy and cleaner cars, trucks, and buses; and protect the Arctic.

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Great day for the Grand Canyon, as U.S. Forest Service rejects development outside the park

WASHINGTON, DC - Today the U.S. Forest Service denied an application for a road easement that would clear the way for hundreds of homes, retail shops and hotels outside Grand Canyon National Park.

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Obama fortifies conservation legacy with CA monuments, and hopefully he's not done yet

PALM SPRINGS, CA – President Obama designates three new national monuments in the fragile California desert today, Sand to Snow National Monument, Mojave Trails National Monument, and Castle Mountains National Monument. The move protects 30 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, desert grasslands, and a wide range of recreational and cultural activities in 1.8 million acres of Mojave and Sonoran Desert landscapes, between Los Angeles and the Nevada border.

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President Obama's budget gets an A minus

WASHINGTON, DC -- Overall, President Obama’s budget gets an A minus," said Margie Alt, executive director of Environment America. "It's fantastic news for climate action, clean energy, and our national parks; but there is one piece of bad news that really stings: the proposal decreases clean water funding just as the Flint crisis makes clear that we can’t take safe drinking water for granted."

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Senators protect new parks & national monuments, America's 'best idea'

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) failed to curtail future national monuments such as the Grand Canyon and the Statue of Liberty today, when his fellow senators rejected his amendment to the Senate’s omnibus energy bill. Sen. Lee had sought to block the practice of creating national monuments used by Democratic and Republican presidents alike for more than 100 years, beginning with Teddy Roosevelt.

Climate and the environment in tonight's State of the Union

By | Margie Alt
Executive Director, Environment America

President Obama has done more than any other president to tackle the threat of global warming, and during his administration we’ve seen huge leaps forward on clean energy.

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House bill would put nail in the coffin of America's most important conservation program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) unveiled legislation today that effectively guts the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the 50-year old program that created and expanded parks across the country until Congress allowed it to expire at the end of September.

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Rep. Grijalva moves to protect Grand Canyon region from toxic mining

WASHINGTON, D.C.. - Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) introduced a bill today to create the Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument, which would protect 1.7 million acres of ponderosa pine forests, 12,000-year old archeological sites, and critical wildlife habitat from toxic uranium mining and other destructive activities.

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Congress fails our parks, forests and natural areas

WASHINGTON, D.C. – America’s most important conservation program will vanish at the stroke of midnight tonight, putting some of the nation’s most treasured parks, forests, and other landscapes at risk.