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News Release | Environment California Research and Policy Center

Report: Ocean protections can help marine life bounce back

Los Angeles, California. -- California’s own Channel Islands Marine Reserves are an example of ocean protection done right, according to a new report released Thursday by Environment California Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group. Entitled New Life for the Ocean: How Marine Protections Keep Our Waters Wild, the report highlights how ocean habitats that are protected from destructive human activities, like the Channel Islands Marine Reserves, can help restore and protect ocean wildlife. 

News Release | Environment California Research and Policy Center

New report outlines how utility companies can help pay for electric school buses

Oakland -- The vast majority of school buses in the United States run on diesel, a climate-polluting fossil fuel that releases toxic fumes linked to life-threatening health problems such as asthma, bronchitis and cancer. Emitting over 5.3 million tons of greenhouse gases per year, not only are diesel buses bad for our children’s health, they’re also bad for the climate. However, there is a cleaner, safer and more long-term budget-friendly alternative: zero-emission electric school buses.  To protect our children’s health and environment, U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Environment America Research & Policy Center has released a new report to identify new, cutting-edge ways that utility companies can assist school districts in paying for zero-emission buses, and how schools can reap the long-term benefits. 

News Release | Environment America

Statement: Biden administration will make historic commitments to protecting America’s natural heritage

WASHINGTON -- As part of an executive order, President Joe Biden is expected to announce Wednesday a stop on all new drilling in public lands and waters. The president will also set a goal of protecting 30 percent of U.S. lands and oceans by the year 2030.

News Release | Environment California

Statement: President Biden to make important strides in climate action

WASHINGTON -- President Joseph Biden released a far-reaching plan Wednesday that outlined the actions his administration will take to tackle climate change both domestically and internationally. With the scientific target squarely in focus -- reaching net zero emissions by 2050 in order to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius -- the new administration laid out elements of a roadmap for the nation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in sectors across society, from agriculture to manufacturing.

News Release | Environment California Research and Policy Center

Statement: California building code not going electric fast enough.

Sacramento, CA-- Today the California Energy Commission held a workshop about the proposed updates to the building code for low-rise residential buildings. 

The commission is proposing to transition to a partial electric heating standard in buildings in 2022 and head toward all-electric heating in buildings in 2025. Although this is the right direction, the proposal moves too slowly, still allowing building new homes with fossil fuel powered heating and cooling systems for years to come. Given the speed of climate change and urgency for action to transition away from fossil fuel dependence in the newly built environment of the next decade, we need bolder leadership from California. 

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