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U.S. PIRG and Environment America: New IPCC report underscores need to act on climate

BOSTON, August 9, 2021 — The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its first global assessment of the science of global warming since 2013 on Monday. The report details the potential catastrophic impacts on the world’s oceans, ice caps and land in the coming decades if we fail to rapidly reduce emissions and meet our climate goals. […]

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Activist investors pick up third Exxon board seat

WASHINGTON, June 2, 2021 –  After a surprise win last week, activist investors have picked up a third ExxonMobil board seat, according to reports. This development will provide additional leverage to press the oil giant to address growing concerns about climate change. This comes after Chevron, Exxon and Shell — three out of the four […]

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Mike Litt: Protections from evictions set to expire Friday

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2020 –Unless Congress acts,millionsof renters will be at risk of eviction starting tomorrow. That’s when the federal moratorium on evictions, which the federal government put in place at the beginning of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, expires. These protections covered most residents of federally-backed properties. (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac haveextendeda moratorium on […]

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Top healthcare professionals sign open letter to U.S. leaders saying it’s time to shut back down, start over and do it right

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2020 –  A group of high-profile public health experts joined with U.S. PIRG to release a letter Friday calling on America’s leaders to shut back down, start over and do it right in light of the uncontrolled spread of the novel coronavirus in many parts of the United States. Signees include: University of […]

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2019 year in review: consumer, public health and environmental highlights

WASHINGTON, Dec. 26, 2019 – Advocates for consumer, public health and environmental issues made great strides in 2019, while simultaneously defending existing policies that protect Americans from regressive changes by the federal government and unsustainable corporate practices. “Too many of the federal regulations that keep our water, air and bodies clean and healthy — or […]

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More than a third of U.S. states get an “F” for economic development transparency

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2019 – More than one-third of U.S. states are failing to make critical information about how governments are subsidizing business projects with taxpayer dollars readily available to the public online, according to a new report from U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Frontier Group. Following the Money 2019, the organization’s tenth evaluation of […]

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Investigation finds 1 in 9 used cars for sale at AutoNation have unrepaired safety recalls

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2019 – AutoNation, America’s largest auto retailer, is selling used vehicles with unrepaired safety recalls including explosive Takata airbags, faulty GM ignition switches and defects with no fix available. Unsafe Used Cars for Sale, a new report from U.S. PIRG Education Fund and the Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (CARS) Foundation, […]

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Major textbook publisher merger will cost students

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2019 – The U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) and a coalition of student and consumer advocates submitted a series of letters to the Department of Justice (DOJ) today opposing the proposed merger of textbook publishers Cengage and McGraw Hill. The companies are two of the largest college textbook publishers in […]

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California avocados recalled in six states over listeria fears

Philadelphia, PA, March 25, 2019 – Henry Avocado Corporation is recalling avocados potentially contaminated with the deadly listeria bacteria. Listeria is especially serious when contracted by young children or elderly whose weakened immune systems can turn a simple infection into a fatal disease. Pregnant women can also suffer miscarriages or stillbirths. Consumers often fail to […]

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New Report: Hazardous meat and poultry recalls double

Jan. 17, 2019 – From E. coli-infected romaine lettuce to Salmonella-tainted beef, contaminated foods lead to illnesses that sicken as many as 1 in 6 Americans annually. In 2018, this epidemic helped spur major recalls, which caused stores and restaurants to toss millions of pounds of meat and produce.  U.S. PIRG Education Fund’s new report […]

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Lab results show many school supplies safe, but some contain asbestos, lead and other hazardous chemicals

Aug. 9, 2018 – Many parents and teachers shopping for their students’ 2018-19 school supplies look for a “non-toxic” label on the products, but many products don’t have that label. U.S. PIRG Education Fund is releasing a guide that advises consumers which products are actually non-toxic and which to avoid. This guide is being released alongside […]

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EU Bans Bee-Killing Pesticides

April 30, 2018 – In a historic vote, the European Union (EU) passed a continent-wide restriction on the use of bee-harming pesticides. Despite immense pressure from the pesticide industry, the EU nations sided with bees. Citing concerns for food production, the environment and for biodiversity, the EU is set to completely ban the outdoor use […]

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Emily Rusch: California Moves to Study, Not Ban, Toxic Chlorpyrifos

Aug. 18, 2017 – Today, California officials at the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), and Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced planned steps to address the threat of the pesticide chlorpyrifos, including further planned scientific reviews of the pesticide by both OEHHA and DPR, and the potential listing […]