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New study: U.S. clean energy use has accelerated during the past decade

Since 2009, the United States has increased its solar power generation 40-fold and upped its electric production from wind by more than 270 percent, according to a new report released today by Environment Iowa Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group. The study also highlights advances in energy savings, the increased use of energy storage and the tremendous growth of electric vehicle sales.

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Report | Environment Illinois Research and Policy Center

Safe for Swimming?

The Clean Water Act, adopted in 1972 with overwhelming bi-partisan support, had the farsighted and righteous goal of making all our waterways safe for swimming. Yet 46 years later, all too often, Americans visiting their favorite beach are met by an advisory warning that the water is unsafe for swimming.

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News Release | Environment Illinois Research and Policy Center

Environment Illinois Research & Policy Center releases revised report on water pollution at beaches

Following questions raised about data in the original version of our “Safe for Swimming?” report released Tuesday, July 23, Environment Illinois Research & Policy Center is rereleasing its study about fecal bacteria in waters off U.S. beaches.

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Report | Environment America Research and Policy Center

Composting in America

America throws out immense amounts or trash, most of which is dumped into landfills or burned in trash incinerators. This is a costly system that damages the environment and harms our health. Luckily, communities across the country are turning toward a common-sense and beneficial solution: composting. Composting programs divert organic material – such as food scraps, leaves, branches, grass clippings and other biodegradable material – away from landfills and incinerators and turn it into a valuable product.

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