Environmental Politics

Kerry Urges China To Cut Emissions; China Seeks Easing Of Solar Sanctions

"U.S. climate envoy John F. Kerry said Friday he hopes Beijing will agree to cut carbon emissions faster to address the climate crisis, as he wrapped up talks in which Chinese officials pressed for American concessions in other areas that have strained relations."

Source: Washington Post, 09/06/2021

Will A Summer of Crises Lead to Climate Action? It’s Not Looking Good

"A $3.5 trillion budget bill is faltering in the Senate, and in America at large, well, as one expert put it: “It’s really hard to get people to change their way of life.”"

Source: Inside Climate News, 09/06/2021

Fossil Fuel Industry Pitches Carbon Capture As Climate Cure. But Is It?

Carbon capture and storage technology has been around for years, but is being repositioned as a way to continue using fossil fuels in the face of climate change. Backgrounder takes a close look at how it works, its history and its politics. But even as the technology is taken up by Congress, the question is: Does the math add up?

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Judge Rebuffs Red States' Challenge To Biden's 'Social Costs' Of Carbon

"A federal judge rejected a challenge from 12 states with Republican attorneys general that attempted to block the Biden administration from using certain figures to calculate the climate benefits of rules it puts forward, known as the "social costs" of greenhouse gases."

Source: The Hill, 09/01/2021

"US Climate Envoy In Japan To Push Efforts To Cut Emissions"

"U.S. climate envoy John Kerry met in Tokyo on Tuesday with Japan’s top diplomat to push efforts to fight climate change ahead of a United Nations conference in November. Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi highlighted what he said was the importance of getting other major carbon emitters, especially China, to cooperate."

Source: AP, 08/31/2021

EPA Falsifying Risk Assessments For Dangerous Chemicals: Whistleblowers

"Whistleblowers say the US Environmental Protection Agency has been falsifying dangerous new chemicals’ risk assessments in an effort to make the compounds appear safe and quickly approve them for commercial use."

Source: Guardian, 08/31/2021

"Biden Opens New Federal Office for Climate Change, Health and Equity"

"Amid deadly heat waves and new evidence showing that wildfire smoke may contribute to premature births, the Biden administration is creating a new federal office to address the health consequences of climate change and their disproportionate effects on poor communities."

Source: NYTimes, 08/31/2021

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