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11/17/2020

Trump Rolled Back 100+ Environmental Rules. Biden May Focus on Undoing Five of the Biggest Ones

Although President Trump rolled back more than 100 environmental regulations, climate experts argue that President-elect Joe Biden should first focus on a handful of high-impact Trump-era regulations. Together, just five regulations, if not reversed, would release an additional 1.8 billion to 2.1 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere by 2035.

(InsideClimate News)

Funding for Climate Disasters Is 'Failing' Those Most Vulnerable, International Aid Group Says

The number of disasters caused by extreme weather and climate-related events is surging, but relief funding isn't getting to the people who need it most, a new report from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said. Among the list of vulnerable countries that received far less funding than more affluent nations were flood-stricken Sudan and drought-prone Somalia.

(Reuters)

Vintners and Farmers Are Breathing Easier After the Demise of Proposition 15, a ‘Headache’ at Best

Voters in California went big for the Democratic Presidential ticket but rejected Proposition 15, a measure considered climate friendly that would have reassessed commercial and industrial properties. The outcome was welcomed by the state's wine producers, who are still reeling from Covid-19 and record wildfires this year.

(InsideClimate News)

Natural Resources Committee Chairman Grijalva backs Rep. Haaland for Interior Secretary

House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raúl Grijalva, a Democrat from Arizona, is backing New Mexico's Rep. Deb Haaland to be the next secretary of the Interior under the incoming Biden administration. If selected, Haaland would be the first-ever Native American to head the department. It's a move that many environmental groups have been pushing for, our reporting found.

(The Hill)

Jeff Bezos Announces the First Winners of His $10 Billion Climate-Change Pledge

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who earlier this year pledged to donate $10 billion of his own money to help fight climate change, on Monday announced initial grants for 16 different environmental groups, totalling $791 million. Among the recipients were the Environmental Defense Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

(CBS News)

Hurricane Iota Makes Landfall in Nicaragua

Hurricane Iota barreled into Nicaragua on Monday night as a Category 4 storm, as parts of Central America prepared for an onslaught of heavy rains, winds and flooding, the New York Times reports. Forecasters have warned that Iota could compound the destruction caused by Hurricane Eta, which only weeks ago killed at least 140 people throughout Central America.

(The New York Times)

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