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"Biden Administration Moves to Limit Methane, a Potent Greenhouse Gas"

"The Biden administration said Tuesday that it would heavily regulate methane, a potent greenhouse gas that spews from oil and natural gas operations and can warm the atmosphere 80 times as fast as carbon dioxide in the short term." "The new rule was announced at a U.N. summit where the United States is facing skepticism about its commitment to climate change."

Source: NYTimes, 11/02/2021

Will Animal-To-Human Disease Transmission Bring the Next Big Pandemic?

The COVID-19 outbreak has left little unchanged — including how environment reporters do their jobs, given that many experts believe the disruption of the human-wild interface could be the source of the next deadly virus. The new Backgrounder makes the case in this analysis, looking at how societies — and journalists — handled this pandemic and must prepare for possible future outbreaks.

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"A Big New Forest Initiative Sparks Concerns of a ‘Carbon Heist’"

"Major funding to finance forest conservation projects is set to be announced at the UN climate summit next week. But some environmentalists contend the LEAF program could exclude the Indigenous people who have long protected the forests that the initiative aims to save."

Source: YaleE360, 11/01/2021

"‘Last, Best Hope:’ Leaders Launch Crucial UN Climate Summit"

"GLASGOW, Scotland — A crucial U.N. climate summit opened Sunday amid papal appeals for prayers and activists’ demands for action, kicking off two weeks of intense diplomatic negotiations by almost 200 countries aimed at slowing intensifying global warming and adapting to the climate damage already underway."

Source: AP, 11/01/2021

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