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India Announces Strong Climate Commitment
NEW YORK (October 1, 2015)—India formally announced its long-term plan to curb its greenhouse gas emissions today as part of the global effort to limit Earth’s temperature rise to 2°C. At the core of India’s climate commitment is a 33-35% emissions intensity reduction based on 2005 levels—building on its Copenhagen pledge of a 20-25% intensity reduction by 2020.

Groups Petition EPA for Emergency Response to Flint, MI Drinking Water Contamination
CHICAGO (October 1, 2015) – In response to the ongoing drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan, a coalition of local citizens and national groups petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today to take emergency action to secure safe, lead-free water for the City’s children and families.
Flint-based Coalition for Clean Water, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, and the Natural Resources Defense Council joined the petition to trigger the EPA to launch a comprehensive federal response to the ongoing crisis. Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, the EPA is empowered to stop “imminent and substantial endangerment to human health” such as the elevated lead levels in Flint’s drinking water. 

New Air Quality Standard Insufficient to Protect Public Health
WASHINGTON (October 1, 2015) – The Obama Administration today tightened the limit for ground-level ozone or smog pollution—one of the most pervasive and dangerous pollutants we inhale—to 70 parts per billion (ppb). 

NRDC: Ohio’s Energy Policies Today Determine State’s Future
CHICAGO (September 30, 2015) – The Ohio Energy Mandates Study Committee released a highly anticipated report today outlining their recommendations on the fate of Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency polices. 

Groups Sue to Overturn Controversial Wyoming Data-Censorship Laws
CHEYENNE, WY (September 29, 2015) – A diverse coalition of conservation, press, academic and animal-protection groups filed suit today in federal court seeking to strike down a pair of Wyoming state laws that stifle freedom of speech and make citizen science illegal in the state. The suit claims that in violation of Americans’ constitutional rights, the laws punish communication to government agencies of photos and data taken on open land, criminalizing otherwise lawful advocacy in an attempt to undercut protection of public lands and the environment. 

New "Waste Free Kitchen Handbook" Out Today
NEW YORK (September 29, 2015) –U.S. consumers are collectively responsible for more wasted food than farmers, grocery stores or any other part of the food-supply chain—a problem that costs the average family an average of about $1,500 every year—but a new book seeks to help change that, one meal at a time.

Continued Leadership in Carbon Cuts is Needed Before, and After, Paris
WASHINGTON (September 28, 2015) -- Upcoming global climate talks in Paris have already teed up the largest carbon cut pledges in history, but even those will leave the world far short of what we’ll need to avert the worst impacts of climate change, the influential group Climate Interactive noted in an analysis released today.

Shell's Decision to Halt Arctic Drilling Is Good News For Our Climate
WASHINGTON (September 28, 2015) — Royal Dutch Shell's decision to halt oil drilling in the Arctic, after its exploratory well failed to yield enough oil and gas to make its mission worth the tremendous risk and cost, is a watershed moment.

U.N. Countries Adopt Goal of Reducing Wasted Food Worldwide by 50 Percent Per Capita

NEW YORK (September 25, 2015) – The countries of the United Nations today adopted their first-ever shared goal for cutting food loss and waste worldwide—setting a target of cutting per capita food waste in half from the retail and consumer sectors by 2030.

U.S.-China Agreement Signals China to Cut Carbon Pollution, Boost Clean Energy
WASHINGTON (September 25, 2015) –The following is a statement by Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, on the agreement to address climate change announced today by the United States and China:

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