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Axios – Draft COP26 deal targets fossil fuels, aims to strengthen Paris plan

E&E News – Pelosi to Glasgow: Congress has Biden’s back on climate 

The Guardian – What happened at Cop26 – day nine at a glance

Nature – COP architects furious at lack of climate justice at pivotal summit

Indian Country Today – Holding their feet to the fire: Indigenous and people of color activists take the stage at #COP26 demanding action

Indian Country Today – A preview: 2021 White House Tribal Nations Summit


NTAA has released Policy Resource Kits including two new template letters for Tribes to use in responding to several EPA proposed actions including:


Don’t forget to fill out NTAA’s Air Quality Baseline Needs Assessment for Tribes by December 31, 2021! The purpose of the survey is to collect information from all 574 federally recognized Tribes to enable NTAA to comprehensively describe Tribal ambient and indoor air quality needs. This information will then be used to identify the range of Tribal air quality needs and priorities and build Tribal air quality management capacity. Your participation in this survey is voluntary and you are free to decline to answer any question you do not wish to answer. The survey will take between 15 – 20 minutes to complete.

If you would like to take the survey by phone, please email Sydney Janssen at to set up a time, or call 800-717-2118, Ext. 105. If you would like to familiarize yourself with air quality funding sources and concepts mentioned in the survey, please review the glossary PDF. The deadline extended to Friday, December 31, at 5:00pm PST.

TO BEGIN THE SURVEY, CLICK HERE(If the link does not automatically open, please cut and paste this link into your browser:

For a Microsoft Word version of the survey, click here. Upon completing the survey, ‘save as’ and change the document name as *YOUR_NAME_BNA* and email it to: If you have any question or difficulty completing this form, please email Sydney.


Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes

The Hill – Massive gap found between nations’ reporting, actual emissions: analysis

Santa Fe Reporter – EPA Could Learn From NM on Methane

ProPublica – How We Created the Most Detailed Map Ever of Cancer-Causing Industrial Air Pollution

Washington Post – World’s top economies responsible for millions of pollution deaths, mostly in poor countries

NY Times – ‘Justice for my daughter’: Parents issue a plea on air pollution

NASA – An Extra Air Pollution Burden

Medical News Today – Heart attacks declined during lockdowns, reduced pollution likely a key factor

PNAS – Air pollution interacts with genetic risk to influence cortical networks implicated in depression

Here’s where you’ll find this week’s NACAA Washington Update !

Climate Change/Energy

CNN – New high-resolution climate model predicts more extreme weather events in the future

Clean Technica – EDF & McGill University Document 81,000 Orphan Oil & Gas Wells In US

Indian Country Today – Are carbon markets the new gaming for tribes?

Markets Insider – The Navajo Nation Is Mining Bitcoin With Sustainable Energy. Here’s How

The Hill – Hawaii governor urges bolder climate action: Net zero is ‘not good enough’

Yale Climate Connections – Supreme Court to weigh EPA authority to regulate greenhouse pollutants

NPR – Obama criticizes Russia and China, some of the largest emitters, at climate talks


Toxics/Mobile Sources

Green Car Reports – Infrastructure bill: $7.5B toward nationwide network of 500,000 EV chargers

AP – Biden hypes $1T bill impact on electric cars

Greenwire – USGS proposal yanks uranium from critical minerals list


Indoor Air Quality

EPA – EPA Announces Winners of Cleaner Indoor Air During Wildfires Challenge

Engadget – Amazon’s Alexa-powered indoor air quality monitor alerts you to pollution

CNBC – Healthy buildings can help stop Covid-19 spread and boost worker productivity

Be sure to subscribe to EPA’s IAQ Bulletins