Biden Administration Releases Alarming Reports on Climate Change Challenges
Nearly two dozen federal agencies released reports Thursday identifying the major threats climate change poses to their departments and how they plan to respond, underscoring the enormous policy challenges the U.S. faces as the planet continues to warm, NBC News reports. The reports detail how climate change will reach all corners of everyday life, including food, transportation and housing.
Google Bans Ads, Including in YouTube Videos, That Make False Claims About Climate Change
Google said it will no longer display advertisements on YouTube videos and other content that promote claims that contradict “well-established scientific consensus around the existence and causes of climate change,” the New York Times reports. The move comes as social media platforms face growing scrutiny over their role in spreading misinformation online.
(The New York Times)
The UN’s Top Human Rights Panel is Set to Vote on the Right to a Clean and Sustainable Environment
On Friday, the United Nations’ top human rights body will vote on whether to adopt a resolution recognizing the human right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment. Approval, while not legally binding, would solidify the idea that the right to a healthy environment should be universally protected. So why isn’t the Biden administration supporting the measure?
(Inside Climate News)
Biden to Expand Bears Ears and Other National Monuments, Reversing Trump Cuts, White House Says
President Biden will restore full protections on Friday to three national monuments that had been slashed in size by former president Donald Trump, The Washington Post reports. Those monuments include Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah, known for their stunning desert landscapes and historical treasures of Native American art and settlements.
(The Washington Post)
A Top Federal Reserve Official Anticipates New Guidance on Climate Change for Big Banks
The U.S. Federal Reserve should advance efforts to assess big banks’ exposure to financial risks related to climate change, Fed Governor Lael Brainard said Thursday. The Fed, which oversees the country’s largest banks, is developing tools to model how climate change will affect the financial system and plans to provide guidance to banks to help them mitigate their exposure to related risks, CNBC reports.
Pope Francis Will Not Travel to Glasgow for COP26 Climate Summit
The Vatican said Friday that Pope Francis does not plan to attend the upcoming COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland. No explanation was given, but Francis, 84, had a chunk of his colon removed when he underwent intestinal surgery in July. Earlier this week, the pope signed a joint appeal to governments to commit to ambitious targets at the annual U.N. conference.