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Energy and the environment – California will ban new gas-powered cars after 2035

California is on track to ban gasoline-powered new car sales this week. Meanwhile, a Home Office watchdog claims a former secretary lied to investigators and that drought threatens “disaster” in the Horn of Africa.

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California to ban gas-powered car sales in 2035

California is expected to approve on Thursday a ban on the sale of new gas-powered cars that would begin in 2035.

The state’s Air Resources Board will vote Thursday on the ban, which would also increase the percentage of electric vehicles sold in the state through 2035.

What happens afterwards? California’s clean car standards are also often adopted by other states, so the impact of this rule could extend far beyond its borders.

Gas-powered cars are a major source of global warming emissions and other air pollutants, and the measure was touted as an attempt to both tackle climate change and improve public health.

In 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) issued an executive order to phase out the sale of gas-powered cars by 2035, but Thursday’s action will actually put that goal in motion.

How does it compare to the White House goal? The California plan is more ambitious than the federal goals. President Biden said last year he hoped half of new vehicle sales would be electric by 2030. That year, California regulations would require 68% of vehicle sales in the state to be electric. .

In recent months, automakers have been moving towards increased EV sales, with several pledging to increase the proportion of EVs they sell.

Learn more about the rule here.

Watchdog: Trump Interior chief tricked investigators

Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and his chief of staff misled an internal federal watchdog over the department’s decision to launch a Native American casino project in Connecticut, the watchdog said in a report released Wednesday.

Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of the Interior wrote in the report that in May 2017, an anonymous political consultant texted a casino lobbyist to inform him that he would be having dinner with Zinke. The consultant confirmed to the OIG that he and Zinke regularly dined together and discussed the casino lobby’s arguments against two tribes’ amendments to allow them to build off-reservation casinos.

In interviews with OIG staff, Zinke — who is now the GOP nominee for a new congressional district in western Montana — reportedly said he did not discuss the matter with the lobbyist. , who was also anonymous, saying that if he interacted with the lobbyist, it was only in a casual social setting.

  • However, in the report, the OIG wrote that “ample evidence” indicated that the lobbyist specifically used the consultant to raise concerns with Zinke.
  • The consultant told OIG that in addition to discussing the casino’s arguments against the tribes at several dinner parties, he also asked Zinke if he could send him a one-page summary of those arguments in August 2017, to which Zinke replied, “Of course.”
  • Later that month, the lobbyist and the consultant had dinner at Zinke, which the consultant said was specifically to allow the lobbyist to present his case directly to Zinke.

The OIG referred its finding in 2018 to the Justice Department, which declined to take action.

Zinké responds: In a response included in the OIG report, Zinke denied any wrongdoing and suggested that the release of the report was inappropriate before the 2022 midterm elections because he is running for a House seat. Zinke’s attorneys also called the report’s conclusions inaccurate, noting that it did not outright reject the proposal and therefore “did not take the position of any lobbyist for or against the project”.

Learn more about the report here.

Children endure drought in Africa close to ‘disaster’

Children in two vast regions of Africa could die in devastating numbers due to the cumulative effects of malnutrition and waterborne diseases, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) warned on Tuesday.

Children particularly at risk are those living in the Horn of Africa – Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia – and in several countries in the semi-arid Sahel region, including Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger and Nigeria, according to the agency.

UNICEF issued the warning in conjunction with the first day of World Water Week – organized annually by the Stockholm International Water Institute – which began the same morning.

“History shows that when high levels of severe acute malnutrition in children combine with deadly outbreaks of diseases like cholera or diarrhoea, child mortality rises dramatically – and tragically,” said the Director-General of UNICEF, Catherine Russell. in a report.

“When water is unavailable or unsafe, the risks to children multiply exponentially,” Russell continued. “In the Horn of Africa and the Sahel, millions of children are one disease away from disaster.”

According to UNICEF, more than 2.8 million children in these two regions are already suffering from acute malnutrition, which means they are up to 11 times more likely to die from waterborne diseases than their peers. well fed.

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