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Holding the line for clean air

The coal lobby is trying to block the EPA from protecting public health, but we’ve held the line against some of their worst attacks: In March 2011, the U.S. Senate rejected a bill that would have blocked standards for soot, mercury and carbon pollution. In April, the Senate defeated four more bills that would have blocked the EPA from cutting air pollution.

Report | Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center

Shining Rewards

Solar energy is on the rise in the United States. At the end of the first quarter of 2015, more than 21,300 megawatts of cumulative solar electric capacity had been installed around the country, enough to power more than 4.3 million homes. The rapid growth of solar energy in the United States is the result of forward-looking policies that are helping the nation reduce its contribution to global warming and expand its use of local renewable energy sources.

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News Release | Environment Georgia

Pope's Encyclical a Bold Call to Action on Climate

“We hope this call for bold action to stem the climate crisis will help rally public opinion in a way that politicians can no longer ignore.” 

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News Release | Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center

Georgia One Step Closer to First ‘Outstanding’ River

The Conasauga River would be the first river in the state to receive the status of ‘Outstanding National Resource Water’ (ONRW), the highest level of protection identified in the Clean Water Act, if the Environmental Protection Division (EPD) finalizes a proposal that was unveiled today at Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources Board Meeting. The designation would be made official as part of Georgia’s triennial review of water quality standard and is the culmination of an eight year campaign that was launched when Environment Georgia first petitioned the state for an ONRW in 2007.

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Report | Environment America Research & Policy Center

10 Ways to Help Your City Go Solar

Last month's Shining Cities report detailed how cities are good for solar and solar is good for cities. We've seen some impressive strides across the nation to momentously expand our solar capabilities. But we're not where we need to be yet. To obtain a clean energy future your cities and towns need to do even more. Here's how to push them in the right direction! 

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Report | Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center

Shelter from the Storm

Wetlands are more than just scenic parts of America’s natural landscape. They are also home to wildlife and perform many vital functions that protect the health of our waterways and communities. By trapping sediment and filtering excess nutrients and pollutants out of the water that flows through them, wetlands support water quality.

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