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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.

NRDC, Others Call for EPA to Create National Mercury Inventory
WASHINGTON (June 25, 2015) – The Natural Resources Defense Council has filed a petition calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to ascertain the amount and the uses of mercury produced, imported, or used in the United States, so the agency can then reduce or eliminate the potent neurotoxin from industrial processes and consumer products.

City Exiles More of Chicago's Petcoke Piles
CHICAGO (June 24, 2015) – The City of Chicago recently informed  a company storing massive mounds of oil refining waste on Chicago’s Southeast Side that no more of the material can ever move through one of its sites. The decision, quietly communicated to the Koch Brothers-affiliated KCBX Terminals Company last month, stands as another big win for neighbors who have been pushing for removal of controversial petroleum coke (or petcoke) facilities along the Calumet River in Chicago.

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