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News Release | PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center

New report highlights how toxic “accidents waiting to happen” threaten U.S. waterways

Facilities storing billions of gallons of toxic waste threaten America’s rivers and millions of people who live near them, according to a new report from the PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center, PennPIRG Education Fund and the Frontier Group.

News Release | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

Gov. Wolf takes important step to help reduce carbon emissions in Pennsylvania

[Pittsburgh, PA] - On Tuesday, January 8th, Governor Wolf signed an executive order that establishes Pennsylvania’s first statewide carbon reduction goal. The order sets a greenhouse gas reduction target of 26% by 2025 that increases to 80% by 2050. In addition, there will be energy consumption reduction goals of 3% per year and electrifying 25% of the state’s car fleet by 2050.

News Release | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

New EPA plan would drastically roll back clean water protections

[Harrisburg, PA]. -- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveils its plan to drastically roll back Clean Water Act protections from vast networks of streams and wetlands in Pennsylvania and across the country.

News Release | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

America’s top scientists say climate change’s impact is getting worse

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- The just-released 2018 update to the National Climate Assessment, “NCA4 Vol. II,” offers more proof that we as a nation and a Commonwealth need to develop strategies right away to mitigate the effects of climate change, or face increasingly dire consequences.

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Mayors from PA and all 50 states call for more solar energy

[Philadelphia, PA] - Mayors from every U.S. state including Pennsylvania are embracing a vision for more solar energy in their communities, as stated in a national letter released today by PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center. The group of over 200 “Mayors for Solar Energy” represents cities and towns in states from Florida to Alaska, California to Maine, including 43 in Pennsylvania. More Pennsylvania mayors signed on than any other state in the country.

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