Kate Michael

Kate Michael

Kate Michael is a writer/reporter based in Washington, D.C. In her early career she worked as a policy analyst for members of both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate as well as the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. After completing an M.A. in Government from Johns Hopkins University, she left Capitol Hill and accepted an appointment to create a Green Collar Jobs program for the government of the District of Columbia. Currently she reports on a variety of topics as a freelance contributor.


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June 21, 2022
by Kate Michael
Canada Passes Single-Use Plastics Ban

OTTAWA, Ontario — After several years of work toward the goal, Canada is officially moving forward on a plan to... Read More

OTTAWA, Ontario — After several years of work toward the goal, Canada is officially moving forward on a plan to ban the use, manufacture, import, and eventual export of single-use plastics. "We promised Canadians we would deliver a ban on single-use plastics. … That’s exactly what... Read More

June 2, 2022
by Kate Michael
NASA Announces Companies Contracted to Create Competing Next-Gen Spacesuits

WASHINGTON — NASA on Wednesday announced two companies that have been newly contracted to produce next-generation spacesuits for use on... Read More

WASHINGTON — NASA on Wednesday announced two companies that have been newly contracted to produce next-generation spacesuits for use on the International Space Station as well as Artemis missions to the moon and Mars. Texas-based Axiom Space and North Carolina-based Collins Aerospace were selected. The pair... Read More

May 31, 2022
by Kate Michael
G7 Environment Ministers Pledge to Phase Out ‘Unabated Coal Power Generation’

BERLIN, Germany— Last Friday, energy, climate, and environment ministers from the Group of Seven announced a new commitment to phase... Read More

BERLIN, Germany— Last Friday, energy, climate, and environment ministers from the Group of Seven announced a new commitment to phase out coal-fueled power in their respective nations, though no specific date was set.  The G7 ministers from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States, and... Read More

May 24, 2022
by Kate Michael
Budget Hawks Want Carbon Fees Despite Nominal Support From Congress

WASHINGTON — Although the House-passed Build Back Better agenda stalled in the Senate, many seek to reinvigorate discussion around its... Read More

WASHINGTON — Although the House-passed Build Back Better agenda stalled in the Senate, many seek to reinvigorate discussion around its $550 billion in climate-related provisions, including new spending as well as tax breaks for eco-friendly activities. However, with a high and rising national debt, spending opponents... Read More

May 20, 2022
by Kate Michael
$3B in DOD Budget to Address Climate Change

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department is requesting $3 billion in fiscal year 2023 “to address the effects of climate change,... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department is requesting $3 billion in fiscal year 2023 “to address the effects of climate change, bolster … installation resiliency and adaptation to climate challenges,” and start to invest in what it believes is a more efficient airplane for the future. At... Read More

May 16, 2022
by Kate Michael
Countries Negotiating First Legally Binding Global Agreement to End Plastic Pollution

WASHINGTON — Countries have been negotiating limits on plastic use for years, but China’s 2018 announcement that it would stop... Read More

WASHINGTON — Countries have been negotiating limits on plastic use for years, but China’s 2018 announcement that it would stop accepting 24 kinds of plastic scrap import waste from foreign countries was undoubtedly a spark that ignited 175 countries of the United Nations to pass a... Read More

May 13, 2022
by Kate Michael
Consensus, Sabotage Spoiling WTO According to Former Director

WASHINGTON — As the World Trade Organization plans to convene in Geneva next month for its 12th ministerial conference, top... Read More

WASHINGTON — As the World Trade Organization plans to convene in Geneva next month for its 12th ministerial conference, top officials — including the WTO’s last director — wonder if this conference will be a “make or break" moment for the only global international organization that... Read More

May 11, 2022
by Kate Michael
Food for Thought: Agro Accounts for a Third of Global Emissions

WASHINGTON — While manufacturing and industry processes are cited as responsible for emitting the most greenhouse gases, food systems also... Read More

WASHINGTON — While manufacturing and industry processes are cited as responsible for emitting the most greenhouse gases, food systems also account for a hefty portion — 31% — of global emissions, and the U.S. and China, as food superpowers, are the two largest contributors. Emissions from... Read More

May 10, 2022
by Kate Michael
Thanks to Equity, Nation’s Capital Tops Annual Big City Park List

WASHINGTON — The Trust for Public Land, a park service nonprofit, recently released its 2022 ParkScore Index, and two major... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Trust for Public Land, a park service nonprofit, recently released its 2022 ParkScore Index, and two major cities near the nation’s capital rank in the top — at No. 1 and No. 3, respectively — for their abundance of green space as well... Read More

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