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December 2020: Inside the Greenhouse

As President-elect Joe Biden begins to name key members of his administration, he is continuing his commitment to make climate change a central focus. As special presidential envoy for climate—a newly created role—former Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to guide the United States back into the Paris Climate Agreement and recommit to global climate cooperation. In December, Biden is expected to name Kerry’s domestic climate policy counterpart.

November 2020: Inside the Greenhouse

On Oct. 30, President Trump officially lifted roadless restrictions in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, paving the way for logging and development of more than 9.3 million acres of forest, including old growth forest. This decision was made despite overwhelming opposition; 96% of the public comments submitted opposed lifting the protections, and the five cooperating Alaska Native tribal nations withdrew from the process after their input was ignored.

October 2020: Inside the Greenhouse

August and September saw multiple disasters worsened by climate change hit the United States. Hurricane Laura, one of the strongest storms to ever hit the country, pummeled the Gulf Coast. Out West, massive wildfires raged, burning entire towns, forcing mass evacuations, and cloaking the region in hazardous smoke. Across the Southwest, record-breaking heat shattered records.

September 2020: Inside the Greenhouse

The Trump administration finalized plans to open up 1.56 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil and gas development. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt hopes to sell leases for development by the end of the year.

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