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House Moves Toward OK of Dems' Sweeping Social, Climate Bill
Congress
House Moves Toward OK of Dems' Sweeping Social, Climate Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats brushed aside months-long divisions and approached House passage of their expansive social and environment bill Friday, as President Joe Biden and his party neared a defining win in their drive to use their control of government... Read More

Climate
Nancy Pelosi Stresses Climate Impacts on Women

GLASGOW, Scotland — U.S. House speaker Nancy Pelosi has called for putting women and girls at the center of efforts to fight climate change, saying they are disproportionately affected by the impacts of a warming planet. Pelosi is leading a... Read More

Climate
Investors Bet Big On Climate Fight But Motives Questioned

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Governments and big investors announced fresh steps Wednesday to pour trillions of dollars into curbing global warming, reflecting the financial world's growing embrace of efforts to fight climate change as both a business necessity and opportunity. ... Read More

Political News
Troubles at Home Shadow Biden's Climate Efforts Abroad

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — President Joe Biden joined other world leaders Tuesday to highlight the importance of preserving forests as a force against global warming, whipping up ambitions at a U.N. climate summit abroad even as a coal-state U.S. senator... Read More

Climate
UN: Greenhouse Gas Levels Hit a New Record, Cuts Fall Short

GENEVA (AP) — Greenhouse gas concentrations hit a new record high last year and increased at a faster rate than the annual average for the last decade despite a temporary reduction during pandemic lockdowns, the World Meteorological Organization said in... Read More

Climate
Study: Fossil Fuel Plans Would Far Overshoot Climate Goals

LONDON (AP) — The world needs to cut by more than half its production of coal, oil and gas in the coming decade to maintain a chance of keeping global warming from reaching dangerous levels, according to a U.N.-backed study... Read More

Climate
Biden, Dems Push Civilian Climate Corps in Echo of New Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inspired by the New Deal-era Civilian Conservation Corps, President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats are pushing for a modern counterpart: a Civilian Climate Corps that would create hundreds of thousands of jobs building trails, restoring streams and... Read More

Climate
In NYC After Ida, Biden Calls Climate 'Everybody's Crisis'

NEW YORK (AP) — President Joe Biden declared climate change has become "everybody's crisis" on Tuesday as he toured neighborhoods flooded by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, warning it's time for America to get serious about the "code red" danger... Read More

Emergency Management
Experts Weigh Policy Options For Increasingly Costly Wildfires
2021-09-02 20:29:33
by Daniel Mollenkamp

Wildfires are an increasingly big and increasingly costly reality.  The "severity and overall size" of wildfires has expanded considerably in recent decades, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. California's 2018 fire season, in particular, broke several dubious records, including... Read More

Climate
First Water Cuts in US West Supply to Hammer Arizona Farmers

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) — A harvester rumbles through the fields in the early morning light, mowing down rows of corn and chopping up ears, husks and stalks into mulch for feed at a local dairy. The cows won't get... Read More

U.S. Senate
Top Dem Sees Tough Pathway for $3.5 Trillion Social, Climate Plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hours after clinching an initial budget victory, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer conceded Wednesday that Democrats face a tough pathway to delivering a package surging $3.5 trillion into family, health and environment programs to President Joe Biden's... Read More

White House
Biden to Set Goal of 50% Electric Vehicle Sales by 2030
2021-08-05 13:21:09
by Dan McCue

President Joe Biden is expected to announce Thursday that his administration is setting a new national goal for the sale of electric vehicles -- wanting half of all new vehicles sold in the U.S. by 2030 to be powered by... Read More

Finance
Mandating Climate Disclosures Could Violate SEC's 'Historically Agnostic Approach'
2021-07-21 20:28:30
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- Writing rules that mandate climate disclosures might overstep the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's  authority, causing a violation of their historical approach to regulations, the agency's commissioner said on Tuesday.  Environmental disclosures are "inherently political" and are "unabashedly" designed... Read More

Education
Experts Urge Increase in Environmental Education to Respond to Climate Emergency
2021-07-07 20:11:01
by Ansley Puckett

Experts say environmental education needs greater investment if future generations are to be able to fully respond to the climate emergency.   According to an article in Environmental Education Research, co-authored by Alan Reid, editor, and Justin Dillion, Jo-Anne Ferreira and... Read More

Climate
Wildlife, Air Quality at Risk as Great Salt Lake Nears Low

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The silvery blue waters of the Great Salt Lake sprawl across the Utah desert, having covered an area nearly the size of Delaware for much of history. For years, though, the largest natural lake west... Read More

In The News
EXPLAINER: What's Behind the Heat Wave in the American West?

PHOENIX (AP) — Much of the American West has been blasted with sweltering heat this week as a high pressure dome combines with the worst drought in modern history to launch temperatures into the triple digits, toppling records even before... Read More

Climate
Biden Orders Assessment Of Climate Change on Economy
2021-05-24 15:37:20
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden signed an executive order Thursday directing the Treasury Department to prepare a report on the financial risks to the U.S. economy from climate change. The report is supposed to help the Biden administration target environmental... Read More

Regulation
CEOs Say Regulatory Reform Key to Climate, Infrastructure Plan Success
2021-05-19 14:30:02
by TWN Staff

If the White House and Democrats in Congress truly want to achieve President Joe Biden's economic goals, they should not overlook the need to modernize and improve the nation's cumbersome regulatory system, according to a new report from The Business... Read More

Climate
Biden Creates Climate Change Support Office
2021-05-07 20:00:38
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden signed an executive order Friday afternoon establishing a temporary  “Climate Change Support Office” within the Department of States. The order directs Secretary of State Antony Blinken to name a director of the office and to... Read More

Climate
Senate Reinstates Obama-Era Controls on Climate-Warming Methane
2021-04-29 13:27:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Senate voted Wednesday to reinstate an Obama-era regulation intended to reduce methane gas leaks from oil and gas facilities. In September, former President Donald Trump rolled back the regulation, which required facility operators to regularly monitor their... Read More

Climate
Biden Aims For U.S. ‘Leadership’ On Climate, Announces Reduction in Emissions
2021-04-22 20:02:53
by Daniel Mollenkamp

At a virtual summit on climate change attended by 40 world leaders on Thursday, President Joseph Biden announced that the U.S. would reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by half over the next decade. Biden’s plan promises to lower greenhouse gas... Read More

White House
Biden Opening Summit with Ambitious New US Climate Pledge

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will open a global climate summit with a pledge to cut at least in half the climate-wrecking coal and petroleum fumes that the U.S. pumps out, a commitment he hopes will spur China and... Read More

Transportation
DOT Taps First Chief Science Officer in Over 40 Years
2021-04-21 17:17:07
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Transportation Department is appointing a chief science officer for the first time in over four decades as part of a comprehensive effort to fulfill the White House's commitment to addressing climate change. In a related move,... Read More

White House
Biden's Virtual Climate Summit: Diplomacy Sans Human Touch

WASHINGTON (AP) — There will be no hands to shake or backs to slap, no way to look a foreign leader in the eye. The small human moments that define statecraft will be reduced to images on a screen.  President... Read More

White House
Biden Pressed on Emissions Goal as Climate Summit Nears

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Joe Biden convenes a virtual climate summit on Thursday, he faces a vexing task: how to put forward a nonbinding but symbolic goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that will have a tangible impact on... Read More

Science
Extensive R&D Needed to Defeat Global Warming
2021-03-15 13:39:42
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Weeks after Congress approved legislation that dedicates $35 billion to promote energy efficiency, lawmakers forged ahead Friday to determine how they will spend it. They hope to push the U.S. economy toward more renewable energy while moving away... Read More

Think Tanks
New Report Promotes ‘Quiet Climate’ Policies and Job Creation in Post COVID World
2021-02-05 17:48:16
by Sara Wilkerson

A new report from the Breakthrough Institute, an environmental research center based in California, outlines how Congress can effectively tackle climate change while creating millions of jobs in the process. The report aims to prioritize specific climate change policy goals... Read More

Climate
U.S. Push For Electric Vehicles for Emergency, Economy, Environment
2021-01-25 17:26:48
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — President Biden’s early agenda shows sustainability enjoying the highest priority it has ever received. Yet analysts wonder how this focus on the environment will affect America’s economy. Take, for example, the automobile industry. The manufacture and sale of... Read More

Climate
World Leaders Laud US Return to Climate Fight Under Biden

BERLIN (AP) — World leaders breathed an audible sigh of relief that the United States under President Joe Biden is rejoining the global effort to curb climate change, a cause that his predecessor had shunned. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson... Read More

Climate
Biden Picks Former EPA Chief McCarthy as Climate Policy Czar

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden has selected Gina McCarthy, Barack Obama’s former EPA chief, to run a special White House office on climate change that will coordinate policy and elevate global warming to a top place in the executive office,... Read More

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