After a landmark vote by its state Assembly, California is poised to join Hawaii and become the second state committed to generating 100 percent of its electricity from renewable and zero-carbon sources. If the state Senate votes in favor of the current version of Senate Bill 100, which has only minor changes to a bill the Senate already passed, and then Gov. Jerry Brown signs it, California will commit to a clear target of 100 percent clean electricity by 2045.
Despite improvement in recent years thanks to clean air policies, air pollution remains a threat to public health, according to a new report by Environment Virginia Research & Policy Center. In 2016, over 6 million people in the Washington D.C.-Northern Virginia area experienced 84 days of degraded air quality, increasing the risk of premature death, asthma attacks and other adverse health impacts.
Industrial facilities dumped excessive pollution into U. S. waterways at least 8,148 times over a recent 21-month period, according to Troubled Waters, a new report by Environment America Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group.