This year, a lot of wins and losses for the environment were registered. But here are 4 of the best environment wins of 2015.
The Clean Power Plan was the biggest step that the United States ever took towards reducing the pollution. Obama’s strategy is the first that limits the carbon pollution from the power plants, which are the second largest source of the global warming emissions. The plan will lower the carbon emissions of the power plant smokestacks. The Clean Power Plan was first proposed in 2014 and it was finalized in August, 2015. The clean energy will be strengthened by the states that will cut their carbon pollution levels and also by achievable standards for the power plants.
The plan will aim to reduce the emission of carbon dioxide with 32% in the next 15 years. The government of the United States hopes that this will influence other countries that have big emissions of carbon dioxide to try and reduce them.
As the Clean Water Act changed in May, millions of acres of water from which one in three Americans drink, are now protected. The Clean Water Act is a federal law in the United States that focuses on the water pollution.This act, along with the Clean Power Plan were attacked numerous times in Congress, but in the end both of them won. The news that came this Spring about the change of the act was one of the biggest victories for the clean water activists in the last years. Before the act was changed, developers paved over the waters and they were constantly being polluted.
Another highlight of the year came with the news that the Arctic drilling has stopped. The Arctic is a region located in the North of the Earth. The Arctic region is one of the most unique ecosystems in the world. Arctic is the home of the polar bear, seals, killer whales, belugas and other precious animals. At the beginning of the year, president Obama granted permission to Shell to drill in the polar region. The activists who always fought for the Arctic ecosystem, did it again and after almost after a year they won. They believe that the fossil fuels should be left under the sea, where they belong. Shell spent over 7 billion dollars on the failed hunt for oil. Experts believe that in the future the Arctic might get permanent protection from drilling.
Since Obama took office for the first time, he managed to protect 19 natural and historic treasures. He also took under protection more than 260 million acres that include lands and waters, succeeding more than any president before him. These include mountains in California and valleys in Nevada.
You have to admit that this year a lot of progress has been made and these 4 of the best environment wins of 2015 are the best example for what people can do if they want to.
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