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California Legislature Sends a Bumper Crop of Environmental Legislation to Governor Brown for Signature
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. (August 30, 2014) – Californians can breathe easier today knowing that the state legislature passed groundbreaking policies to protect public health and clean up our environment. As the 2013-14 California Legislative session drew to a close early this morning, environmental and health groups celebrated big wins for clean air, clean transportation, coastal protection, chemical disclosure, healthy communities and clean water.

Updated Illinois Fracking Rules: While Improved, They Don’t Make Fracking Safe
CHICAGO (August 29, 2014) – In response to a historic volume of public comments, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources released updates to their highly controversial draft regulations governing fracking in the state today. In their initial read through of the new rules, NRDC experts note a number of critical changes requested by the environmental community have been made, but a deeper analysis of the highly-technical rules will be necessary to better assess if a bevy of concerns have been adequately addressed.

Nuclear Waste Storage Decision Poses Long-Term Public Health Risks
WASHINGTON (August 26, 2014) -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission today approved a controversial new rule and Environmental Impact Statement regarding nuclear waste that could pose long-term risks to public health and the environment.  

America’s Data Centers Consuming Massive and Growing Amounts of Electricity
SAN FRANCISCO (August 26, 2014) – Much of the massive amounts of electricity that America’s data centers devour to support our business and online activity is being wasted running computer servers doing little or no work most of the time, according to a report released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council. Improved energy efficiency practices could cut energy waste by at least 40 percent, saving over $3 billion annually.

India’s Burgeoning Solar and Wind Energy Markets to Boost Employment, Finance a Concern – Mr. Suresh Prabhu
New Delhi (25 August 2014) – Mr. Suresh P. Prabhu, head of the Advisory Group for Integrated Development of Power, Coal and Renewable Energy, and former Union Minister, released a series of reports on Renewable Energy Jobs and Finance published by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) in New Delhi today. These reports are the first independent, external analysis of the employment opportunities for India solar energy and wind energy markets and draw from extensive discussions with stakeholders, and research and analysis of national, state and international programs. The reports also include an assessment of domestic and international opportunities to fund clean energy in India. 

FERC Order 1000: Unanimous Court Decision a Victory for Clean Energy, Consumers
WASHINGTON (Aug. 15, 2014) – A three-judge federal appeals court today upheld the Federal Energy Commission (FERC) Order 1000, a set of reforms issued two years ago that require large-scale regional planning of the nation’s electric grid and more clean energy integration. John Moore, senior attorney for the SustainableFERC Project housed within the Natural Resources Defense Council, issued the following statement:

New Water Bond Invests in Local Water Supply Projects, Groundwater Storage and Safe Drinking Water for All Californians
With Governor Jerry Brown’s support, state legislative leaders today approved, on a broad bipartisan basis, a $7.5 billion water bond that would provide clean drinking water for disadvantaged communities and provide $1.5 billion for water recycling, stormwater capture, water efficiency and other local water supply projects like those detailed in “The Untapped Potential of California’s Water Supply,” the report from NRDC and the Pacific Institute released earlier this summer.

Governor Cuomo Signs New York Ban on Ivory Trade into Law on World Elephant Day
NEW YORK (August 12, 2014) – On World Elephant Day, Governor Andrew Cuomo today signed a law banning the trade of ivory antiques in the state and increasing penalties for traffickers, a move that can help curb the ongoing slaughter of African elephants for their tusks.

Tell It To The Birds: NRDC’s Resident Artist Jenny Kendler Brings Immersive Art Installation to EXPO CHICAGO
CHICAGO (August 11, 2014) - Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) will present the work of Chicago artist Jenny Kendler at EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall from September 18-21. Kendler was chosen to be NRDC’s founding Artist-in-Residence this year for her work exploring intersections between human culture, perceptions of the natural world, and declining biodiversity. Her work follows a line of prominent artists that have been standouts at previous iterations of EXPO CHICAGO including Gordon Matta-Clark, Maya Lin, and Vaughn Bell.

Conan O’Brien Urges Californians to Save Water During Historic Drought
LOS ANGELES (Aug. 5, 2014) – Iconic comedian and television talk show host Conan O’Brien and sidekick Andy Richter may always be looking for laughs, but they’re taking California’s historic drought seriously by joining the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the State of California’s drought awareness program, Save Our Water, in creating a new series of public service announcements to promote water conservation.

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