Updates

Attacks on public health defeated—for now.

The coal lobby and their allies are trying to block the EPA from protecting public health, but we’ve held the line against some of their worst attacks: In March, 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.

News Release | Environment Virginia

New Climate Science Report Warns of Increased Risk, Need for Action

Newly released IPCC report adds to the ever-growing body of evidence that action on to limit carbon pollution is urgently needed. Read our statement.

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News Release | Environment Virginia

Environmental Groups Launch Virginia #ActsOnClimate

Virginia may not yet be known as a clean energy leader, but many municipalities are pursuing ambitious clean energy and carbon reduction goals, and should be applauded for their efforts. A coalition of environmental groups have launched a new local campaign, Virginia Acts on Climate, a multi-month series that will showcase through events and features, areas in which local governments, businesses, and citizens are already taking action to curb their carbon pollution and invest in cleaner energy.

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News Release | Environment Virginia

Breaking: EPA Proposes Biggest Step for Clean Water in a Decade

Today, in the biggest step forward for clean water in more than a decade, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act that leave 57% of Virginia’s streams and millions of acres of wetlands at risk of unchecked pollution and development.

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News Release | Environment Virginia Research & Policy Center

Localities Lead Virginia on Cutting Carbon, Commonwealth Lags

Our new report, Moving America Forward, shows even as federal energy efficiency requirements have helped Virginia reduce emissions, leaders in Richmond could be playing a much larger role in reducing carbon pollution. In lieu of comprehensive state or federal legislation, local governments across the commonwealth have stepped up to implement community environmental programs aimed at protecting future generations from the worst impacts of climate change.

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Report | Environment Virginia Research & Policy Center

Moving America Forward

American leadership in the fight against global warming is crucial. America is the world’s largest economy, the second-largest emitter of global warming pollution, and the nation responsible for more of the human-caused carbon dioxide pollution in the atmosphere than any other. Without prompt action by the United States and others to reduce global warming pollution, catastrophic impacts – from coastal flooding to food system disruptions – could become unavoidable.

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