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In our emails, sent once or twice a week, you'll receive:
• alerts on new threats to Virginia's environment
• opportunities to join other Virginians on urgent actions
• updates on the decisions that impact our environment
• resources to help you create a cleaner, greener future
Americans will consume less oil, create less smog and cut our global warming emissions, thanks to Clean Cars rules we helped implement in 14 states. Those state victories paved the way for President Obama to announce new nationwide clean car standards in 2011, which amount to the single biggest step this country has taken to end our addiction to oil and tackle global warming. In this photo, Global Warming Advocate Nathan Willcox thanks President Obama.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today set a tighter but inadequate new standard for ozone, the health-threatening pollutant that forms when sunlight mixes with emissions from factories, power plants, and vehicles. Ozone -- sometimes known as smog -- triggers asthma attacks, worsens lung disease and can cut lives short.
Solar energy is booming. In just the last three years, America’s solar photovoltaic capacity tripled. In 2014, a third of the United States’ new installed electric capacity came from solar power. And in three states – California, Hawaii, and Arizona – solar power now generates more than 5 percent of total electricity consumption.
Clean water is at the heart of summertime fun for many Virginians. We swim at a favorite creek, fish in a nearby river, sail or kayak on the lake, or simply hike along a beautiful stream. As the summer draws to a close, Environment Virginia Research & Policy Center’s second annual Summer Fun Index provides a numerical snapshot of people engaging in water activities.
Following the finalization of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan today, six Virginia elected officials, health professionals and business and faith leaders, including Senator Donald McEachin and Delegate Alfonso Lopez, voiced their support for the EPA’s plan to combat climate change at a tele-press conference, and called on Virginia's local, state, and national leaders to do the same.