On Thursday, July 15, 2021, the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis held a hearing titled “Advancing Environmental Justice Through Climate Action.” The hearing reviewed opportunities to advance environmental justice through climate action, including targeting infrastructure investments to environmental justice communities, understanding the impact of extreme heat on low-income workers and students, and supporting tribal investments in clean energy and climate resilience. Nikki Cooley, Co-Manager of the ITEP Tribes and Climate Change Program, gave testimony during the call, representing herself as a Diné woman and a climate change researcher. Click here to see the recording!

Please join NTAA in welcoming Maxine Paul of the Pueblo of Santa Ana as the latest NTAA Executive Committee member representing Region 6 Tribes! Maxine joins current R6 primary representative Craig Kreman of the Quapaw Nation as the alternate representative recently selected by the Region 6 RTOC. Visit NTAA’s website to learn more about Maxine and the rest of the NTAA Executive Committee. Congratulations to Maxine for joining the NTAA team!

Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes

AP – Study: Wildfire smoke may add to COVID-19 risk

Indian Country Today – Monster wildfire tests years of forest management efforts

CNN – The Bootleg Fire in Oregon is so large, it’s creating its own weather

The Hill – White House details environmental benefits plan for disadvantaged communities – ‘We are home now’ – Lakota youth return home after more than a century away at Indian boarding schools – Morongo Band makes history with green energy project

High Country News – The Upper Skagit Indian Tribe calls on Seattle to remove the Gorge Dam

EPA – EPA, Forest Service Release Improved Tools to Equip the Public with Information and Resources on Wildfire Smoke

Greenwire – Inside the campaign to be an EPA regional administrator

LA Times – Vaccine ‘obstinance’ is fueling Delta variant’s spread across America

E&E – EPA faces environmental justice test with coal ash

High Country News – A broken system: The number of Indigenous people who died from coronavirus may never be known

Alaska Public Media – Treasury changes ARPA rules, grants all tribes $1 million

National Association of Clean Air Agencies – Washington Update

Climate Change/Energy

The Hill – CO2 emissions on track for record in 2023, energy agency says

NY Times – ‘It Is All Connected’: Extreme Weather in the Age of Climate Change

Politico – Could the voting rights fight hinder climate and energy policies?

The Washington Post – ‘Hawkpocalypse’: Baby birds of prey have leaped from their nests to escape West’s extreme heat

The Guardian – Flagstaff declares state of emergency as Arizona hit by devastating floods

Axios – Democrats unveil carbon border tax plan

NY Times – How the Moon ‘Wobble’ Affects Rising Tides

CNN – Athletes could face the warmest Olympic Games in decades

NY Times – Deadly Flooding ‘Shows the Urgency,’ of Climate Change, Official Says

Yale Climate Connections – Environmentalist drag queen says the outdoors belongs to everyone

The Guardian – How data could save Earth from climate change

Toxics/Mobile Sources

The NM Political Report – Report documents PFAS use in fracking in New Mexico

Indian Country Today – PolyMet air permit case sent back to agency

The Guardian – ‘Lightbulb moment’: the battery technology invented in a Brisbane garage that is going global 

Utility Dive – California approves expedited pathway for near-term utility EV investments, despite cost concerns

Bloomberg – Chevron’s carbon capture struggle shows big oil’s climate hurdle

Cronkite News – Transitioning from coal is the goal – how to get there is the question

High Country News – Mining for lithium, at a cost to Indigenous religions

Indoor Air Quality

Facility Executive – Four Ways To Improve Indoor Air Quality In K-12 Schools

Fox 31 News – How to choose an air purifier for wildfire smoke

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