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Congress Considers Reform of U.S. Chemicals Control Law

Article: Congress Considers Reform of U.S. Chemicals Control Law

WASHINGTON, DC, February 26, 2009 (ENS) – The U.S. chemical regulatory system is failing to protect public health and the environment and is in dire need of reform, experts told a House panel Thursday. The legal hurdles of existing law make it virtually impossible for the federal government to limit or ban the use of…

Court Overturns Illegal Bush-era Soot Pollution Standard

Article: Court Overturns Illegal Bush-era Soot Pollution Standard

WASHINGTON, DC, February 25, 2009 (ENS) – A federal appeals court Tuesday ruled that Bush-era clean air standards were insufficient, sending them back to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to be rewritten in a way that will better protect public health. The court decided that the Bush EPA had acted illegally in issuing weak air…

Climate Change Could Ruin Florida's $5.5 Billion Reef Economy

Article: Climate Change Could Ruin Florida's $5.5 Billion Reef Economy

SARASOTA, Florida, December 3, 2008 (ENS) – A new analysis of economic activity generated by Florida’s coral reefs finds that some 70,000 jobs and more than $5.5 billion in business in the state could disappear if climate change destroys the reefs. “A business-as-usual approach to climate change could mean a lot less business for Florida,”…

Three New Guides Make Sushi Selection More Sustainable

Article: Three New Guides Make Sushi Selection More Sustainable

MONTEREY BAY, California, October 22, 2008 (ENS) – Sushi lovers no longer have to contribute to the collapse of whole species of fish to satisfy their appetites. Three new sushi selection guides came out today courtesy of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Environmental Defense and the Blue Ocean Institute to help diners make choices that are…

EPA Sued for Allowing Haze to Obscure National Parks

Article: EPA Sued for Allowing Haze to Obscure National Parks

WASHINGTON, DC, October 22, 2008 (ENS) – Two conservation groups are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to force the federal agency to clean up emissions that cloud the air over national parks and wilderness areas. The National Parks Conservation Association and Environmental Defense Fund filed a lawsuit Tuesday against EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson in…

Louisiana to Invest $1 Billion in Coastal Protection, Restoration

Article: Louisiana to Invest $1 Billion in Coastal Protection, Restoration

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, August 13, 2008 (ENS) – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced plans for more than $1 billion in coastal protection and restoration projects in Louisiana – the largest investment in coastal protection in Louisiana history These projects, along with nearly $15 billion in ongoing coastal restoration and hurricane protection projects in New Orleans…

Florida Urged to Heed Global Warming Survival Guide

Article: Florida Urged to Heed Global Warming Survival Guide

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, June 2, 2008 (ENS) – Environmental groups have issued a coastal, marine system global warming survival guide for Florida in an effort to prod state officials into taking action now while disaster is still manageable. Florida has heated up by about two degrees Fahrenheit since the 1960s and scientists project that average temperatures…

Environmental Groups Petition to Overturn EPA Ozone Standard

Article: Environmental Groups Petition to Overturn EPA Ozone Standard

WASHINGTON, DC, May 28, 2008 (ENS) – Health and environmental advocates filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s refusal to adopt stronger standards for ground-level ozone proposed by the agency’s own scientists. The American Lung Association, Natural Resources Defense Council, Environmental Defense Fund, the National Parks Conservation Association, and the Appalachian Mountain…

Greenhouse Gas Cuts Easy on American Wallets: Analysis

Article: Greenhouse Gas Cuts Easy on American Wallets: Analysis

WASHINGTON, DC, April 22, 2008 (ENS) – The overall cost of capping greenhouse gases for the average American family will amount to less than one percent of household budgets over the next two decades, finds a new analysis released Monday by the nonprofit Environmental Defense Fund. The anticipated cost to the U.S. economy of reducing…

Bush Climate Speech Covers Familiar Ground

Article: Bush Climate Speech Covers Familiar Ground

WASHINGTON, DC, April 16, 2008 (ENS) – President George W. Bush today outlined a new climate goal for the United States, calling for the nation to halt the growth of its greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. Bush touted his new climate strategy as ambitious, but environmentalists and Democratic lawmakers criticized the plan as feeble and…