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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.

New Report: China’s Sustainable Fashion Leaders Save $14.7 Million Annually Through Major Cuts in Water, Energy & Chemical Use
SHANGHAI (April 15, 2015) – Over 30 Chinese textile mills, many of which create clothing for major high-volume apparel brands and retailers including Target, Gap Inc., Levi Strauss and Company and H&M, are saving $14.7 million annually by adopting simple efficiency measures in their production processes, according to a new analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). These improvements have dramatically reduced the pollution generated by these mills, cutting up to 36 percent of water use and 22 percent of energy use per mill and a total of at least 400 tons of chemicals. The 33 mills are part of NRDC’s Clean By Design program, a global model for manufacturing sustainability that is working with major fashion retailers and designers to green the fashion supply chain industry-wide.  


Groups File UNESCO Petition to Save Monarch World Heritage Site in Mexico
WASHINGTON (April 13, 2015)--The monarch butterfly refuge in Mexico, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is winter home to tens of millions of migrating monarchs, should be declared “in danger” because the remarkable transcontinental migration it was established to protect “is at risk of disappearing,” a group of Mexican, American and Canadian civil society and conservation organizations said in a petition today.


NRDC: Allowing Shell to Rush Back into Arctic Drilling Could Be Disastrous For Climate, Pristine Ocean
WASHINGTON (April 10, 2015) – The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management today determined that Shell’s exploration plan for drilling in the Arctic Ocean is complete, clearing the way for a full review by the agency. BOEM now has 30 days to complete its review. As part of that process, BOEM has announced the beginning of two brief public comment periods on Shell’s plan.


The Mucky Mississippi: Algae Pollution Case Back in District Court
CHICAGO (April 8, 2015) - A suit to force the Environmental Protection Agency to put limits on nutrient pollution dumped into the Mississippi River was sent back to District Court yesterday.

Report: Low-Income Americans Will See Major Health, Job, Cost Saving Benefits from Clean Energy, Reduced Carbon Pollution
CHICAGO (April 8, 2015)—While climate change threatens the public health and economic well-being of everyone, low-income Americans are especially vulnerable to the extreme weather and dramatic increases in electricity costs associated with global warming, according to a new report released today by Natural Resources Defense Council. “Bridging the Clean Energy Divide,” shows how a transition to cleaner power and reduced carbon pollution can help address many of these challenges, leading to healthier communities, greater savings, and a stronger economy.

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