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A former Trump administration climate official says the agenda for upcoming talks in Glasgow, Scotland, should be broadened beyond its current focus on developing rules to implement the Paris Agreement to address “climate diplomacy” that links trade, environmental and economic policies to drive deeper emission cuts.

Industry groups and utilities are clashing with environmental justice (EJ) and public-health groups over the California air board’s evolving plan to reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) such as methane, with the dispute focused primarily on whether the state should incentivize the conversion of biomass, organics and dairy waste into fuel and electricity.

The Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) has reportedly sent letters to dozens of corporations to enforce Obama-era guidance on climate disclosures, a move that some observers say offers insight into the contents of an upcoming, highly anticipated rule requiring publicly traded companies to provide such disclosures.

Clean energy advocates and multiple lawmakers are signaling that climate change initiatives must be protected amid expectations that Democrats will scale back the overall scope of their budget “reconciliation” plan, even as details of talks remain under wraps and some major climate measures might be subject to “tweaks.”

A panel of appellate judges appears poised to require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to more broadly consider the greenhouse gases tied to natural gas pipelines, including emissions both upstream and downstream of the project itself.

Three months after the Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation seeking to encourage farmers to get involved in voluntary carbon markets, the House is taking initial steps to consider the bill though lawmakers are not detailing a timeline for moving the legislation.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) staff are calling for new reliability standards in a preliminary report on February’s widespread blackouts in Texas and throughout central portions of the country caused by severe storms, with FERC Chairman Richard Glick saying the issue is “directly related” to the commission’s climate resilience work.

EPA’s just-announced final rule implementing a major phasedown of climate-warming hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) coolants seeks to balance competing demands of producers, users and importers of the chemicals, including a fair and inclusive allocation of production and consumption allowances, along with a robust enforcement system to police imports.

Observers are seeking to increase pressure on China, the world’s largest carbon emitter, to detail stronger greenhouse gas reduction targets ahead of November’s highly anticipated global climate talks in Scotland, even as U.S. officials are striving to convince countries that they can implement their own ambitious GHG goals.

EPA is unveiling its final rule to phase down production of climate-warming hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used for refrigeration and other purposes, with Biden administration officials also pledging a “robust” interagency enforcement effort to block illegal imports of the chemicals.