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China’s one-year ban on ivory imports is a big step forward – but more reform is needed
NEW YORK (February 26, 2015) — In an important recognition of the role Chinese citizens’ appetite for ivory has played in helping to fuel the slaughter of African elephants, Chinese officials today announced a one-year ban on African ivory carving imports, effective today. A brief statement on the State Forestry Administration said it would halt administrative approval for ivory imports until Feb. 26, 2016.

NRDC: California Climate Plan’s Auction Results Show Carbon Caps Move Us Toward a Cleaner Future
SACRAMENTO (February 25, 2015) – The California Air Resources Board announced today the results of the first carbon auction with polluting fuels such as gasoline included under the cap. For the first time, the oil industry joined other major industries across California to bid on a limited number of pollution permits. This is a key component of the state’s law to reduce carbon pollution to 1990 levels by 2020

After Veto, President Should Reject the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Once and For All
WASHINGTON (February 24, 2015) – President Obama today vetoed, as promised, congressional legislation to force approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.


New Study: Rapid Ocean Acidification Threatens Coastal Economies in 15 States
NEW YORK (February 23, 2015) – The first nationwide vulnerability assessment for ocean acidification, published today in Nature Climate Change, shows that coastal communities in 15 states that depend on the nation’s approximately $1 billion shelled mollusk (e.g., oysters and clams) industry are at long-term economic risk from ocean acidification. The assessment illustrates that vulnerable communities are not confined to the Pacific Northwest, which has been the primary focal point of attention and resources.  Newly-identified communities at risk reside everywhere from Maine to the Chesapeake Bay to the Louisiana bayou.

Cleaner Electricity Will Be More Reliable, NRDC Expert Says
WASHINGTON (February 19, 2015)—The Obama administration’s plan to cut dangerous carbon pollution from power plants is “an opportunity to both reduce air pollution and to build a more reliable, modern energy system,” an expert for the Natural Resources Defense Council says.


Praising Pullman: NRDC Supports New National Monument Designations
CHICAGO (February 18, 2015) – President Obama will be in Chicago tomorrow to sign an order designating the city’s Pullman District as a national monument. He is also expected to announce two other new monuments, Browns Canyon in Colorado and Hawaii’s Honouliuli Internment Camp.  


Groups Support FERC’s Role in Enabling a Cleaner, More Efficient Energy System
WASHINGTON (February 17, 2015) -- Twelve environmental and consumer groups–-including the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Sierra Club, and consumer advocate offices in six states and the District of Columbia-–today urged the Supreme Court to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling that invalidated a cornerstone reform for a cleaner, more reliable, and customer-friendly electric grid.


NRDC Statement on New York City Panel on Climate Change’s 2015 Report

NEW YORK (February 17, 2015) – Mayor Bill de Blasio today released the New York City Panel on Climate Change’s 2015 report, Building the Knowledge Base for Climate Resiliency.



City of Chicago Denies Petcoke Enclosure Delay Request
CHICAGO (February 16, 2015) – Today, the City of Chicago denied a request from KCBX to delay enclosure of their controversial petcoke piles on the city’s Southeast Side.  

Following is reaction from Henry Henderson, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Midwest director and former Commissioner of the Environment for the City of Chicago:

India’s New Clean Energy Goals Promise Up to One Million New Jobs
NEW DELHI (February 14, 2015) – New analysis released during the RE-Invest conference in New Delhi, India shows that achieving Prime Minister Modi’s recently announced 100 gigawatt (GW) solar energy goal by 2022 could create as many as one million jobs, while greatly improving energy access for Indian citizens and fighting climate change. Achieving India’s proposed target of 60 GW of wind energy by 2022 would also generate at least an additional 180,000 jobs.

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