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NRDC: Replacing Damaging HFCs a Key Move on Climate Change
WASHINGTON (July 2, 2015) – The Environmental Protection Agency today finalized standards setting deadlines to end certain uses of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, powerful heat-trapping gases that significantly contribute to climate change, because safer, climate-friendlier alternatives now exist.


Report: U.S. Pro Sports Shifting to More Sustainable Game Day Food
CHICAGO (June 30, 2015) – Leading professional sports venues that serve all major leagues are now promoting more sustainable food options to fans, according to a new report by the Green Sports Alliance (GSA) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). “Champions of Game Day Food” features 20 venues spanning North America that are serving healthier food choices and adopting more sustainable food practices behind the scenes to help advance smarter environmental practices throughout our food system.

China Announces New Long-Term Commitment to Curb Climate Change
BEIJING (June 30, 2015) – China announced today a new long-term commitment to reduce its carbon intensity by 60-65 percent by 2030 compared to 2005 levels. As the world’s largest carbon emitter and renewable energy market, this post-2020 climate commitment is intended to solidify China’s engagement at the Paris climate conference this December.


Robert Redford Calls for Climate Action in United Nations Address
NEW YORK (June 29, 2015) – Robert Redford, the noted artist and activist, called for urgent action on climate change in an address to climate ministers at the United Nations today.  The event, which included delegates from over 193 member countries, was a key gathering in the lead up to the international climate negotiations taking place in Paris, France this December.


NRDC: Senators’ Energy Principles Point our Country in the Right Direction
WASHINGTON (June 29, 2015) – Forty-five Senators – including every Democrat - today asked the nation’s governors to join the federal government in updating energy policies.  In a letter, the senators outlined a series of common-sense principles, including: investing in clean energy, empowering consumers, modernizing our aging power infrastructure, cutting pollution and reducing energy waste, and investing in clean energy research and development.
                                   


It’s Official—New York Bans Fracking

NEW YORK, NY (June 29, 2015)—The Cuomo Administration today made the state’s ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing official, following through on a December promise to prohibit the dangerous industrial activity in New York.



NRDC Urges Administration to Act Promptly on Mercury Rule, Following Court’s Ruling
WASHINGTON (June 29, 2015) – The Supreme Court today returned the Environmental Protection Agency’s mercury and toxic air rule to the lower court for reconsideration, saying EPA must consider costs in deciding whether to regulate air pollution from power plants.


Alarming Decline in Monarch Population Justifies Immediate Action: NRDC Urges UN To Declare Mexican Butterfly Refuge “In Danger”
Advocates for monarch butterflies are heading to a World Heritage Committee meeting in Bonn, Germany, urging immediate action to increase protections for the migrating monarch butterfly population that spends the winter in Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, a World Heritage site. 

Statement on New York’s 2015 State Energy Plan
ALBANY, N.Y. (June 25, 2015)—The Cuomo Administration today released New York’s 2015 State Energy Plan, after years of analysis and robust public comment.

NRDC: Alberta Must Do More to Meet Climate Commitment
WASHINGTON (June 25, 2015) – The following is a statement by Anthony Swift, Canada Project Director at  the Natural Resources Defense Council, upon the announcement by officials in Alberta, Canada that it will commit to a more ambitious climate policy in coming months and strengthen its Specified Greenhouse Emitters Regulation (SGER) as a stopgap measure.


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