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We banned the bag in 100 communities.

In 2013, more cities and counties stood up to protect Pacific wildlife and passed bans on single-use plastic grocery bags. Now, more than 90 communities in California, from Marin to Los Angeles, are living bag free. Thanks to citizen support, California now has a network of 124 underwater state parks that protect our coast and wildlife.

News Release | Environment California

California Becomes First State In Country to Divest From Coal

“California is once again proving that we walk the walk and talk the talk when it comes to battling climate change," said Dan Jacobson, Legislative Director for Environment California. “This is just the beginning - we will now encourage all cities, counties, universities and others to follow suit and divest from coal.”

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News Release | Environment California

California Sets Bar High for Paris Climate Talks with 50% Clean Energy Law

“Today’s signing of SB 350 is huge. Once again, the State of California is acting on the long-held values of Californians for a swift transition to a clean energy future,” said Michelle Kinman, clean energy advocate for Environment California.

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News Release | Environment California

New smog standard better but not good enough for our kids' health

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 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.

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News Release | Environment California

California Assembly Passes Critical Climate Change Bill with Bipartisan Support

Today, the California State Assembly took major steps forward in the fight for a cleaner, healthier future for all by passing Senate Bill 350. Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León’s SB 350 requires 50 percent of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources and doubles energy efficiency in buildings, both by 2030.

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News Release | Environment California

Environment California Statement on SB 350 Amendment

Sacramento – In the final days of the legislative session, Governor Jerry Brown, Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins announced that SB 350 (De León) will be amended  to remove the goal of decreasing California’s use of petroleum in vehicles due to overwhelming pressure from the oil industry. Pro Tempore De León explained, “…in the end — with two days left — we could not cut through the million-dollar smokescreen created by a single special-interest with a singular motive and a bottomless war chest.”

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