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The greater Los Angeles region has the dirtiest air in the nation, yet air regulators are falling down on the job.

Los Angeles area air regulators should be forcing polluters to cut their dangerous emissions. Instead, they want to shift the responsibility for cleaning up our air from those profiting from the pollution to those of us simply trying not to die from breathing it. Whether they get away with it will depend on a critical vote this coming week.

Los Angeles Rep. Xavier Becerra

California’s Kamala Harris won decisively to replace Barbara Boxer in the United States Senate, and now Governor Jerry Brown has picked Congressman Xavier Becerra to take up Harris’ mantle as the state’s attorney general. This is good news for Californians because the state needs a smart and courageous legal mind to fill Harris’ shoes in the coming years. Becerra fits that bill to a tee.  

More than 30 states have joined polluting industries, corporate agribusinesses and mega-developers in attacking the EPA’s Clean Water Rule.

“The Dirty 31” is what we’re calling the 31 states that recently joined the usual suspects—big polluting industries, corporate agribusinesses and mega-developers—in attacking the EPA’s Clean Water Rule in federal court. 

These states aggressively argue that they should be allowed to foster pollution and the destruction of waters within their borders, outside the protections of the Clean Water Act. Is your state among them?   

Scott Pruitt’s nomination is just the first of what will likely be many efforts by the incoming Trump administration to gut environmental health protections.

Never before has a person been nominated to lead the Environmental Protection Agency whose record is as antithetical to the agency’s mission as that of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. That’s why Earthjustice is standing alongside hundreds of other groups to demand that the Senate reject this nomination.   

Republicans are kicking off 2017 with an outrageous attempt to unravel fundamental protections for Americans.

Republicans in the House of Representatives have launched into 2017 with an attempt to dismantle vital government safeguards that keep American communities safe, healthy and protected. In the past 10 days, House Republicans passed three bills that together could gridlock government agencies and eviscerate vital rules that safeguard our health, unique public lands, workplace protections, fair pay rules and civil rights.

Join Earthjustice, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU for a star-studded live event airing online during the presidential inauguration.

Are you dreading the presidential inauguration? Are you looking for something—anything—better to do on January 20th? If you want to focus your energy in a more positive direction, tune into a fun Facebook live event filled with music, comedy, celebrity guests and, best of all, activism.

Though we didn’t always see eye to eye, Earthjustice is forever grateful to the Obama administration for its actions on climate change, farmworker rights and environmental justice.

The eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency are now over. Donald Trump’s inauguration is upon us. This momentous transition, with global implications at an historic scale, deeply affects Earthjustice and every other organization dedicated to protecting our rights, our health and our planet. We are called to fulfill our essential role as never before. We are prepared to meet the challenges that lie ahead, as I’ve described, and we will keep you up to date on the battles to come.

Coffee ripening in the Aquiares Estate varietal garden

In the shade of the poró trees on the coffee farm I help run in Costa Rica, it’s not uncommon to see brightly colored birds, such as oropendolas and toucans, as well as stout, pheasant-like gallinas de monte—alongside an occasional thermometer. Mother Nature provides the wildlife; the thermometers belong to a group of scientists working with the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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