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Coalition Ad Calls Upon President Obama to Save the Arctic, Protect Our Climate
WASHINGTON (April 28, 2015) – A broad coalition of environmental and native rights groups today placed a new full-page ad in USA Today calling on President Obama to stop Big Oil’s assault on the Arctic Ocean’s natural heritage and our climate – and instead, embrace a clean energy future.


Bill Protecting Against Chemicals is a Step Forward, but Needs Further Improvements
WASHINGTON (April 28, 2015) – The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today approved a chemical safety bill that would reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which empowers the Environmental Protection Agency to better protect public health and the environment.  The 1976 law is widely considered a failure because most chemicals have remained untested and unregulated.


NRDC Statement on Mayor de Blasio’s First Sustainability Plan
NEW YORK (April 22, 2015) – Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration today released its first-ever sustainability plan for New York City, One New York: The Plan for A Strong and Just City (OneNYC). The plan builds and expands on former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s PlaNYC. 


NRDC: NERC’s Premature Analysis Overlooks Efficiency and Renewable Power Gains
WASHINGTON (April 21, 2015) –The North American Electric Reliability Corp. today claimed anew that the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to limit carbon pollution from power plants may cause our energy grid to become unreliable. Such fears are unfounded, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.


White House Moves to Modernize Energy Grid
WASHINGTON (April 21, 2015) -- The White House today released the first installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review, an unprecedented initiative launched by President Obama to modernize America’s energy infrastructure.


President Obama Makes Compelling, Impassioned Case for Combating Climate Change
WASHINGTON (April 18, 2015) – President Obama today made an impassioned case for combating climate change. Below is a statement from Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council:


NRDC: Five Years After the BP Disaster, We’re Still Not Safe
NEW YORK (April 16, 2015) – Next Monday, April 20, marks five years since the catastrophic BP blowout in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 workers and dumped millions of barrels of crude oil into the sea. Five years later, the impacts on the region are enduring, much work remains to reduce the risks of offshore drilling, and the industry is pushing to expand off more of our nation’s coasts.

‘’Fast Track’’ Trade Bill Would Undercut Health, Environmental Safeguards
WASHINGTON (April 16, 2015) – Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) today introduced “fast track’’ legislation that would allow President Obama to obtain expedited congressional approval of international trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the E.U.-U.S. trade agreement called Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.


NRDC: House Committees Approving Two Major Anti-Environmental Bills
WASHINGTON (April 15, 2015) – Two House committees are expected to report out bills today that would significantly damage the environment.  The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved a bill that would block a proposed Clean Water Rule that would protect streams and wetlands -- including many that feed drinking water supplies.  The Judiciary Committee approved the REINS Act, a radical overhaul of the federal regulatory system that would make it virtually impossible to put in place any new measures to safeguard the public.


South Asia’s First Lifesaving Plan to Protect Against Extreme Heat Expands
AHMEDABAD (April 15, 2015) – South Asia’s first-ever early warning system and preparedness plan for extreme heat events is expanding today with the release of the 2015 Ahmedabad Heat Action Plan. The groundbreaking plan’s initial implementation proved successful in protecting its citizens, prompting Ahmedabad to now expand its safety measures. As average temperatures have increased over the last decade, climate scientists predict more frequent and severe heat waves. Given the initiative’s success, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Public Health Foundation of India – Indian Institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar, the Climate and Development Knowledge Network, and other international partners honored the leadership of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation for innovative and outstanding leadership in building disaster risk preparedness and community resilience, which could be used as a model for similar adaptation plans throughout Asia.

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