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We helped lead the charge on the first statewide bag ban.

Big victory! California is the first state to ban single-use plastic bags, thanks in large part to the work of our state affiliate in California. When this law goes into effect in July 2015, we’ll take billions of plastic bags out of our environment. That means cleaner rivers and a safer future for sea turtles and other Pacific wildlife. In 2013, the number of communities banning plastic disposable bags—the kind that  often wash into the sea and harm sea birds and other marine animals—surpassed 100, thanks in part to the advocacy and organizing of our state affiliates across the country.

News Release | Environment America

U.S.-China climate agreement critical step on path to Paris

“The path to Paris should be paved with concrete actions to cut emissions and invest in clean energy, and last night the world's two largest global warming polluters pledged just that.” – Margie Alt, Environment America

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News Release | Environment America

Delaware attorney general defends EPA action on climate

On Monday evening, Attorney General Beau Biden joined 13 additional states and the District of Columbia to stand up for new EPA regulations on global warming pollution. The attorneys general jointly filed a brief with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, defending EPA against an attack launched by Murray Energy Corporation, a coal-mining company. Travis Madsen, State Global Warming Campaign Director for Environment America, issued the following statement applauding the states for their leadership:

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News Release | Environment America

Environment America endorses pro-environment candidates for 2014 elections

Environment America and its federation of state environmental organizations announced today the endorsement of 11 candidates for U.S. Senate and 54 candidates for U.S. House of Representatives.

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News Release | Environment America

More than 740,000 Americans support clean water

Bladensburg, MD—More than 740,000 Americans support a plan to restore Clean Water Act protections to 2 million miles of rivers and streams, a coalition of conservation organizations and clean water advocates said today. Joined by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland, Environment America and allies presented their comments to federal officials along the banks of the Anacostia River just outside of the nation’s capital.

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News Release | Environment America

Clean water groups highlight progress for Anacostia River, call for more success stories

On the heels of the 42nd anniversary of the Clean Water Act, a new report tells the story of how the bedrock environmental law has helped to restore and protect the Anacostia by reducing the amount of trash disposed of in the river. 

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