One-Year Wrap-Up: Highlights from the Council on Environmental Quality’s Progress in Tackling the Climate Crisis, Advancing Environmental Justice, Conserving and Restoring Lands and Waters, Boosting Clean Energy Investments and Strengthening Federal Sustainability

The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is working to advance five major environmental priorities of the Biden-Harris Administration: addressing climate change; strengthening federal sustainability; advancing environmental justice; conserving our lands and waters; and ensuring that implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) promotes sound and well-informed decision making. In the first year…

The Authors of the Fifth National Climate Assessment Want to Hear from You

By: Allison CrimminsDirector, National Climate Assessment Climate impacts like wildfires, extreme heat, and violent storms are no longer things we think of as future worries. The signs of our changing planet are all around us, happening here, now, to us—in our communities and homes, to our families, friends, and neighbors. Worldwide alarm bells went off…

Statement by Deputy Director for Climate and Environment Jane Lubchenco and Assistant Director for Biodiversity and Conservation Sciences Heather Tallis on the Passing of Thomas E. Lovejoy III and Edward O. Wilson

December 27, 2021 We mourn the passing of two scientific pioneers and global champions of biodiversity, E. O. Wilson and Tom Lovejoy. Each provided keen scientific insights into the factors that shape the extraordinary diversity of life in ecosystems across our planet. Both became alarmed by the precipitous decline in numbers of species and habitats.…

Readout of the December National Climate Task Force Meeting

Following COP26 and the President’s signing of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the National Task Force launches new Federal Sustainability Plan to lead by example across procurement and operations Today, National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy convened the National Climate Task Force with Cabinet members and senior leadership from across the Biden-Harris Administration. This meeting followed on…

FACT SHEET: Renewed U.S. Leadership in Glasgow Raises Ambition to Tackle Climate Crisis

International Community Put Forward Innovative Efforts to Build a Clean Energy Economy and Create Jobs  The United States Will Continue to Push for Action Beyond Glasgow and Keep 1.5 Degrees Celsius Goal Alive  On day one at the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), President Joe Biden made clear that Glasgow must raise global ambition during this decisive decade of climate action…

New Tools Needed to Assess Climate-Related Financial Risk

By Heather Boushey, Noah Kaufman, and Jeffrey Zhang One of the most important roles that economists play is to provide policymakers with a better understanding of trends in the economy. From the development of national income and product accounts, to estimating poverty thresholds, to indices that capture market concentration, economists have developed quantitative tools to…

U.S. President Biden, European Commission President Von Der Leyen, And UK Prime Minister Johnson Announce Commitment To Addressing Climate Crisis Through Infrastructure Development

Building on the June 2021 commitment of G7 Leaders to launch a values-driven, high-standard, and transparent infrastructure partnership to meet global infrastructure development needs, U.S. President Biden and European Commission President von der Leyen hosted a discussion on the margins of COP26 with UK Prime Minister Johnson, Barbadian Prime Minister Mottley, Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau,…

On-The-Record Press Call by Special Envoy John Kerry and National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy Previewing Day One of COP26

Via Teleconference 5:49 P.M. CET MR. PATEL:  Hi, everybody.  Good afternoon, or good evening, depending on where you are in the world.  Thank you so much for joining us on this call with National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy and Special Climate Envoy John Kerry.  It’s a special day over Zoom for Massachusetts and Boston.  As…

White House Continues to Grow Historic Climate and Environment Team

Five renowned experts join robust OSTP climate and environment team, highlighting urgency of Administration’s efforts to tackle climate change and loss of biodiversity Today, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced five key additions – Dr. Patrick Gonzalez, Kate Dargan Marquis, Dr. Heather Tallis, Dr. Ann Marie Carlton, and Haley Case-Scott…

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