Lawsuit launched to protect rare Mountain Fox in California and Oregon

SAN FRANCISCO / January 16 — The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice of intent today to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the agency’s failure to protect the Sierra Nevada red fox as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. The Center petitioned for protection of the fox in April 2011 based on the precarious status of these mountain-loving animals, of which fewer than 50 individuals are currently known to exist. “Sierra Nevada red foxes are without a doubt among the rarest, most critically…

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EPA launches new voluntary program to help reduce harmful soot pollution

GHG emissions in Canada

WASHINGTON/ January 17, 2013 – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a new voluntary clean air program, ‘PM Advance,’ to help communities continue to meet soot pollution standards, improve air quality and protect public health. PM Advance focuses on working with communities to develop strategies for reducing harmful fine particle emissions. Soot, also known as fine particle pollution (PM2.5), can penetrate deep into the lungs and has been linked to a wide range of serious health effects, including premature death, heart attacks, and strokes, as well as acute bronchitis…

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