U.S. and China agree to cooperate on climate action, but details remain to be negotiated

Despite an increasingly tense relationship, the U.S. and China agreed Saturday to work together to tackle global climate change, including by “raising ambition” for emissions cuts during the 2020s — a key goal of the Biden administration. Why it matters: The joint communique released Saturday evening commits the world’s two largest emitters of greenhouse gases […]

The first USS Oakland in 70 years commissioned at its namesake port

OAKLAND — The USS Oakland was commissioned in its namesake port Saturday morning in a ceremony steeped in centuries of naval tradition, with some uniquely 2021 spins. The ceremony was attended by military veterans, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas W. Harker and several guests watching from their cars for the […]

House GOP announces 5 ag climate bills

House Agriculture Committee ranking member Glenn “GT” Thompson, R-Pa., announced a package of five bills to address climate change that he described in a news release as “natural solutions.” “Agriculture Republicans are crafting innovative climate solutions by empowering the original stewards of our land — our farmers, ranchers, and foresters,” Thompson said in a news […]

Biden nominates Bonnie for USDA undersecretary post

President Biden has nominated Robert Bonnie to be Agriculture Department undersecretary for farm production and conservation, the White House announced on April 16. Bonnie, currently serving as USDA deputy chief of staff and senior climate adviser, served as undersecretary for natural resources and environment during the second term of the Obama administration, overseeing the U.S. […]

In the year 2035

When I was a sophomore in high school one of the biggest hits on the radio was a pop-rock song called “In The Year 2525.” A duo called Zagar and Evans recorded the song in a studio in the middle of a cow pasture in Odessa, Texas. The song was #1 in America for six […]

Super Typhoon Surigae rapidly intensifies to a Cat. 5 near Philippines

Super Typhoon Surigae surged in intensity from a Category 1 storm on Friday to a beastly Category 5 monster on Saturday, with maximum sustained winds estimated at 180 mph with higher gusts. Why it matters: This storm — known as Typhoon Bising in the Philippines — is just the latest of many tropical cyclones to […]