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Obama Administration Releases Final Standards for Methane Pollution on Public Lands

WASHINGTON – The federal Bureau of Land Management today released the Methane and Waste Prevention Rule, its final standards for methane pollution from oil and gas operations on public and tribal lands.

November 15, 2016

Ten New U.S. Cities Join the City Energy Project to Cut Climate Pollution from Buildings

WASHINGTON — Mayors from 10 U.S. cities today announced that they are joining the City Energy Project, a united effort to address their largest source of energy use and climate pollution: buildings. By the year 2030, the 20 participating cities have the power to achieve significant collective impact by taking action at the local level, with the potential to save more than $1.5 billion annually in energy bills and reduce carbon pollution by more than 9.6 million metric tons, equivalent to taking 2 million cars off the road for a year.

November 15, 2016

Federal Court Orders Bottled Water Delivery for Flint Residents

DETROIT, MI – Federal judge David M. Lawson today ordered the Michigan state officials and the City of Flint to deliver bottled water door-to-door to homes in Flint, a victory for residents who have been living without access to safe drinking water for more than two years. Until this point, the burden of tracking down safe drinking water every day has been resting on residents, an exhausting struggle that has disrupted their lives and sense of normalcy.

November 10, 2016

NRDC and School Groups Petition USDA to Offer Responsibly Raised Chicken in National School Lunch Program

WASHINGTON – Schools should be able to procure chicken raised without the routine use of medically important antibiotics from the Department of Agriculture through its USDA Foods program, according to a petition filed today by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Urban School Food Alliance, and School Food Focus. A coalition of schools and public health, parent, environmental and other groups – including School District of Philadelphia, Minneapolis School District, and California PTA – rallied in support of the petition with a letter to Secretary Vilsack.

October 20, 2016

NRDC Report: Latinos Are Especially Hard-hit by Climate Change

WASHINGTON – The nation’s 56 million Latinos are especially vulnerable to the health threats posed by climate change because of where they live, work and lack access to health care, a report released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council said. Latinos therefore stand to benefit greatly from concerted efforts to reduce carbon pollution, which fuels global warming, according to “Nuestro Futuro: Climate Change and U.S. Latinos.”

October 13, 2016

World Leaders Vote to Close Domestic Ivory Markets

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA — In an effort to curb the slaughter of African elephants, parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) today recommended that countries with domestic ivory markets that contribute to elephant poaching or the illegal ivory trade “take all necessary legislative, regulatory and enforcement measures to close [such] markets ... as a matter of urgency.”

October 02, 2016

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