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Victory: Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks protected as national monument

President Obama permanently protected the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks outside Las Cruces by designating them a national monument. Protecting nearly a half million acres, this is the largest monument the Obama administration has declared thus far. Now, mountain lions, pronghorn antelope and peregrine falcon will have protected habitat, while New Mexicans will have beautiful places for hiking and other recreational adventures long into the future.

Report | Environment New Mexico

Skating on Thin Ice

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News Release | Environment New Mexico

Global Warming has Winter Games Skating on Thin Ice

TAOS, NM – As the world turns its attention to the Sochi Olympic Games, Environment New Mexico revealed a summary of global warming impacts on Winter Olympic sports, and highlighting the need to act urgently to reduce the carbon pollution fueling global warming.

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EPA Releases Guidelines on the Use of Diesel Fuel in Fracking Fluid

As we learn more every day about the chemicals used in fracking that threaten our environment and health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a long-awaited guidance for regulating the use of diesel fuel in fracking fluid under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Investigations show that diesel fuel, known to be hazardous to human health, has been used in fracking operations in New Mexico.

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Santa Fe Moves for a Major Increase in Solar Energy

SANTA FE, NM – On Wednesday, January 29th, the Santa Fe City Council made Santa Fe the first city in New Mexico to officially call for a fivefold increase in state solar energy production. The Council passed a resolution which highlighted the environmental, public health, and economic benefits of solar power, and urged the State of New Mexico and the Public Regulation Commission to set the goal of generating ten percent of New Mexico’s energy from solar power by the year 2020.

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Community Sends Clear Message to Sec. Jewell: Protect Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks

At a public meeting today held by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, groups announced the collection of more than 14,000 public comments supporting permanent protection of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks area.  Business owners, local elected officials and residents joined conservation groups in urging Secretary Jewell and the Obama administration to safeguard the steep mountain cliffs and wildlife that are integral to the area's character, economy and quality of life.

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