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Brendan Mallory Confirmed as First Black Leader of White House Environmental Council

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Brenda Mallory to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality, which advises the president on issues such as environmental justice and conserving oceans, lands and wildlife, The Hill reports. Three Republicans joined Democrats in confirming Biden’s pick, who is now the first African American to run the agency.

(The Hill)

JPMorgan Pledges $2.5 Trillion Over the Next Decade to Tackle Climate Change

JPMorgan Chase said Thursday that it will commit more than $2.5 trillion over the next decade toward long-term solutions that tackle climate change and contribute to sustainable development, CNBC reports. The financial firm’s initiative will focus on ways to speed the transition to a low-carbon economy, as well as to support socioeconomic progress in developing countries.


DeSantis Recognizes the Threat Posed by Climate Change, but Hasn’t Embraced Reducing Carbon Emissions

Few states face the kind of impacts from climate change that Florida does. So when Gov. Ron DeSantis took office in 2019 and made early environmental moves, some climate hawks were hopeful. But as DeSantis looks to a 2022 reelection bid, and possibly a run for president in 2024, the Florida governor faces criticism for not doing enough to reduce the state’s reliance on fossil fuels.

(Inside Climate News)

Inside Clean Energy: The Rooftop Solar Income Gap Is (Slowly) Shrinking

One of the most common arguments against subsidizing rooftop solar is that the benefits mostly go to affluent households that don’t need any help. But new research shows that the declining costs of rooftop solar, along with other factors, are helping to reduce the income gap between solar households and U.S. households in general. That and more in the latest Inside Clean Energy by Dan Gearino.

(Inside Climate News)

It Was an Old Apple Orchard. Now It Could Be the Future of Clean Hydrogen Energy in Washington State

An old apple orchard could soon become the site of a new hydrogen plant in Washington state. Development of hydrogen fuel, which doesn’t produce greenhouse gases when burned, is seeing billions of dollars in investment. But challenges remain, including the massive amounts of electricity that would be required to make the fuel a building block of the 21st century low-carbon economy.

(Inside Climate News)

Seeking Cooperation on Climate, the United States Faces Friction With China

John Kerry, President Biden’s climate envoy, met with Chinese officials Thursday to press the country on reducing its carbon emissions, at a time when an emboldened Communist Party leadership has become increasingly dismissive of American demands, the New York Times reports. While tackling climate change is one of the few areas where the two countries agree, working together could remain difficult.

(The New York Times)

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