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Governor Inslee Proposes Limits on Carbon Pollution from State’s Major Emitters; Part of Historic Commitment to Advance Clean Energy in Washington State
OLYMPIA, Wash. (December 17, 2014) – Governor Jay Inslee today unveiled a historic package of climate and clean energy initiatives that includes, for the first time, a firm and enforceable limit on carbon pollution from the state’s major emitters. The pollution fees generated would fund public transit, transportation infrastructure, basic education, and invest in Washington’s disadvantaged communities. The proposal also includes a new Clean Energy Fund to deploy renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions and a suite of clean transportation measures to put Washington on course to comply with state law that requires a reduction of carbon pollution to 1990 levels by 2020 and 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2035.

Cuomo Announces Fracking Will Not Move Forward in New York
NEW YORK (December 17, 2014) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced the state will not move forward with high volume hydraulic fracturing.

NRDC Lauds Obama Drilling Ban in Alaska’s Spectacular Bristol Bay

WASHINGTON (December 16, 2014)—The Natural Resources Defense Council today welcomed the decision by President Obama to withdraw permanently Alaska’s Bristol Bay from offshore oil development. Bristol Bay supports the world’s largest salmon fishery, worth $1.5 billion per year, and is home to a vast array of marine life, including seals, otters, whales, seabirds and sea lions.

REPORT: Five Major Health Threats from Fracking-Related Air Pollution
SAN FRANCISCO (December 16, 2014) – A growing body of evidence shows that people both near and far from oil and gas drilling are exposed to fracking-related air pollution that can cause at least five major types of health impacts, according to a new comprehensive analysis of scientific studies to-date by the Natural Resources Defense Council.  The health impacts include respiratory problems, birth defects, blood disorders, cancer and nervous system impacts, raising serious concerns for workers and people living closest to wells, as well as entire regions with high volumes of oil and gas activity.

NRDC: World Must Translate Lima Progress to Ambitious Climate Actions
LIMA, PERU (December 14, 2014) – The Natural Resources Defense Council issued the following statement upon the conclusion of climate talks in Lima, Peru, held in advance of the 2015 gathering in Paris, where countries are to declare legally binding commitments to reduce carbon pollution and other measures to address climate change.

People Over Petcoke: Chicago Denies Rule Exceptions
CHICAGO (December 10, 2014) – As mounds of oil refining waste continue to loom near homes, parks and schools on Chicago’s Southeast Side, the City of Chicago today rejected requests for looser regulation of petcoke and coal piles in the area. The City rejected variance requests from KCBX which would have allowed petcoke to be piled 50% higher than current rules, raising concerns about more of this material blowing into the surrounding neighborhoods, as well as the use of uncovered conveyers which would also potentially send particulate matter flying. In addition, an ordinance was sent to  City Council which would tighten regulations governing facilities holding and transporting these materials.

Spending Bill Weakens Health, Environment Protections, Cuts EPA Budget
WASHINGTON (December 10, 2014) -- House and Senate appropriators have put forward a bill that includes substantial cuts in the enforcement budget of the Environmental Protection Agency and a number of provisions that would thwart efforts to protect health and the environment.  But the bill does not include the most damaging proposals Republicans had made to undermine environmental protection.

REPORT: China’s Rapid Urbanization to Play Key Role in Curbing Country’s Climate Pollution
LIMA, PERU (December 10, 2014) — China’s cities now account for more than half of the country’s energy use and are home to nearly half of the country’s population; that makes cities’ long-term sustainability critical to China’s climate change goal of peaking carbon pollution by 2030 or before, according to a new report. “Climate Change and Urbanization: Challenges and Progress in China” was released today by five international nonprofit organizations at the COP 20 international climate conference in Lima, Peru and focuses on key urban land use, transportation and building efficiency solutions being implemented today in cities in China. 

Nation’s Largest School Districts to Procure Antibiotic-Free Chicken
LOS ANGELES (December 9, 2014) – The Urban School Food Alliance (The Alliance), a coalition of the largest school districts in the United States that includes New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami-Dade, Dallas and Orlando, announced today an antibiotic-free standard for companies to follow when supplying chicken products to its schools.  The Alliance is taking action to protect the future of our students.

Deep-Sea Discovery: Atlantic Coast Ocean Canyons Teeming with Newfound Marine Life and over 40 Species of Vibrant Deep-sea Coral
NEW YORK (December 9, 2014) -- Recent National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)-led explorations into deep undersea canyons off the East Coast have uncovered a steady stream of scientific discoveries, including over 40 different species of corals, some potentially brand new ocean species and rare sightings of elusive creatures, such the Greenland shark, according to a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).  Armed with these new findings, ocean policymakers in the Mid-Atlantic are currently considering ways to protect these vulnerable and biologically-rich ecosystems, which are at growing risk of harm, including from certain fishing practices.

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