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First-Ever Mandatory Water Reductions for Urban and Agriculture Across California

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. (April 1, 2015) – In response to the ongoing drought and record low snow in California, Governor Jerry Brown today announced a statewide directive including mandatory water reductions, investment in new technologies, implementation of conservation pricing in water rates, increased reporting of water use data in the agricultural sector, and more.

California is in its fourth consecutive year of drought, with 2012 through 2014 being the driest three-year period in the past 1,200 years.

Court Rules Navy War Games Violate Law Protecting Whales and Dolphins
LOS ANGELES (March 31, 2015) —A federal court today announced that the U.S. Navy’s training and testing activities off the coast of Southern California and Hawaii illegally harm more than 60 whale, dolphin, seal, and sea lion populations. The U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii, found that the National Marine Fisheries Service – the agency charged with protecting marine mammals – violated multiple requirements of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act when agreeing to the Navy’s plan.

U.S. Formalizes Climate Commitment, Sends a Powerful Signal -- It's Time to Act
WASHINGTON (March 31, 2015) – The United States today unveiled concrete plans, in a formal submission to the United Nations, to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by up to 28 percent below 2005 levels in 2025 as a part of a new effort to secure an international agreement later this year to combat climate change.

Senate Leader Reid “A Giant” for Our Health and the Environment
WASHINGTON (March 27, 2015) – Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who has served in the Senate since 1987, announced today that he will retire when his current term expires in 2016.

White House Releases Ocean Policy Report
WASHINGTON (March 27th, 2015) – Today, the White House released its Report on the Implementation of the National Ocean Policy, a review of important actions that federal agencies have collaborated on with state governments, regional groups and local communities to improve our oceans’ health and encourage their sustainable use.

NRDC President: Mexico’s Climate Pledge Will Help Secure Global Agreement
WASHINGTON (March 27, 2015) – Mexico, the 12th largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, announced today that it will peak its emissions by 2026 and reduce them 22 percent by 2030, an important pledge in the lead-up to international climate negotiations held later this year in Paris.

NRDC: DOE’s Petroleum Council Dead Wrong on Arctic Drilling
WASHINGTON (March 27,2015) - The National Petroleum Council, the largely industry-based oil and gas advisory committee to the Department of Energy, released a study Friday predicting the twilight of oil production through fracking and calling for drilling in the Arctic Ocean to compensate for depleting onshore reserves of oil. 

NRDC: White House Antibiotics Plan Too Weak on Curbing Misuse of Drugs in Livestock
WASHINGTON (March 26, 2015) – In response to the Administration’s National Action Plan For Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, which leaked today, Mae Wu, health attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), issued the following statement:

China’s Coal Cap Policy Will Increase Country’s Clean Energy Jobs
BEIJING (March 26, 2015) – China’s national policies to control coal consumption can lead to greater and better employment opportunities in China’s power sector and related industries, according to a new study released today by the China Coal Cap Project, a joint initiative of academic, governmental and non-profit researchers. The study analyzes the overall employment benefits of establishing a national coal cap policy starting in China’s 13th Five Year Plan, which begins next year.

House Budget An Assault on Our Health and Environment
WASHINGTON (March 25, 2015) – The Republican-led House today passed a 2016 federal budget resolution. David Goldston, director of government affairs at the Natural Resources Defense Council, made this comment:

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