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Even Without Senate, Biden Can Still Do Much To Fight Climate Change

What will a Biden presidency mean for climate and environmental policy if it’s facing the prospect of a GOP-controlled Senate? Quite a bit actually. The latest Backgrounder examines a range of executive actions that the Biden White House could take on energy and the environment. Plus, a look at what’s possible through independent agencies and, yes, bipartisan legislation. But there are a lot of powerful climate actions a Biden administration could take — by executive action alone. Also see headlines on the topic from EJ Today.

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Biden Announces Covid Task Force Made Up Of Physicians And Experts

"President-elect Joe Biden on Monday announced the members of his coronavirus task force, a group made up entirely of doctors and health experts, signaling his intent to seek a science-based approach to bring the raging pandemic under control."

Source: Washington Post, 11/09/2020

Virus Spreads In Much Of US, Setting Records And Straining Health Care

"A rapidly rising flood of coronavirus infections engulfed much of the United States on Thursday, setting records for new cases in 20 states, killing 1,158 people and straining the health system’s capacity to keep up with the pandemic.

On Thursday, 116,707 new cases were reported, the second straight record for a single day and a figure that dwarfed the total for any day in the previous worst two periods of the outbreak, in April and July. From Washington state to West Virginia and from Texas to Pennsylvania, the country was awash in record or near-record case counts Thursday.

Source: Washington Post, 11/06/2020
November 19, 2020

Risk and Injury: Journalists, Mental Health and COVID-19

In June, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford research found participating journalists from around the world showed signs of anxiety and depression. The Canadian Journalism Foundation invites you to join the study authors for a discussion of how journalists can take care of their mental and emotional well-being and how newsrooms can best support them. 1:00 p.m. ET.

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Birx Bluntly Contradicts Trump On Covid Threat, Urging All-Out Response

"A top White House coronavirus adviser sounded alarms Monday about a new and deadly phase in the health crisis, pleading with top administration officials for “much more aggressive action,” even as President Trump continues to assure rallygoers the nation is “rounding the turn” on the pandemic."

Source: Washington Post, 11/03/2020

Tracking Respiratory Health Risks From Wildfire Smoke

Respiratory risks are high on the public health agenda these days amid the COVID-19 pandemic. So when Reporter’s Toolbox noticed some exemplary reporting on how West Coast wildfires were polluting the air, it took a look under the hood to see how other environmental journalists might use the same data sets for localized stories.

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