Environmental Politics

"Italy Hosts A Climate-Focused G20 As Geopolitics Shift"

"The leaders of Russia and China aren’t coming. Turkey nearly set off a diplomatic incident on the eve of the meeting. And the United States, Australia and France will be at the same table for the first time since Washington pulled the rug out from under Paris’ $66 billion submarine deal Down Under."

Source: AP, 10/27/2021

Big Oil Hearing To Kick Off Probe Into Climate Disinformation: Lawmaker

"A Congressional hearing this week into whether oil companies misled the public about climate change marks the start of a broad probe that may extend to other industries from advertising to social media, according to a lawmaker leading the effort."

Source: Reuters, 10/27/2021

"White House Sets Climate Spending At Up To $555 Billion"

"The White House has told allies in Congress that climate change programs in Democrats' spending bill will range between $500 billion and $555 billion, according to four sources familiar with the negotiations."

Source: Politico, 10/27/2021

"Attorneys Eye Glasgow Talks for Progress on Many Climate Issues"

"Corporate adaptation measures, carbon offset policy and new U.S. regulatory responses are among the top issues attorneys say they’re tracking at the upcoming United Nations climate talks.

The trajectory of the climate crisis is at stake in Glasgow, where more than 197 countries will gather starting Oct. 31 for the two-week COP26 summit. There, they’ll ratchet up their commitments to cutting greenhouse gas emissions under the 2015 Paris climate agreement and tie up its loose technical threads.

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 10/26/2021

"Manchin Pushes For More Climate Cuts From The Budget Bill"

"Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia has pushed Democrats to drop or weaken a second major climate change provision from the sweeping social policy and environmental spending bill that the White House hopes to finalize this week, according to two people familiar with the matter."

Source: NYTimes, 10/26/2021

Will 2022 See the Start of Formal Negotiations Toward a Global Plastics Treaty?

Plastic waste, already the subject of preliminary international talks, could be increasingly targeted after UN meetings in early 2022. Meanwhile, this ubiquitous product is polluting land, ocean and air in its various forms, as well as through little-understood microplastic particles. The latest TipSheet has the backstory on efforts to forge an international plastics treaty, as well as ideas for how to cover plastic pollution locally.

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