US Agriculture department says will propose to restore roadless rule protections to Alaska’s Tongass National Forestx
US says will end large-scale old-growth timber sales in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, conserve 9.3 million acres
US Senate minority leader McConnell says all Republicans will vote no on $3.5 trillion budget bill: Reuters quotes Fox News interview
Schumer says he has set deadline of next Wednesday for Democrats to move with $3.5 trillion budget framework
US Senate majority leader Schumer announces he will file motion on Monday to set up procedural vote on bipartisan infrastructure bill for Wednesday
US and Russia climate envoys agree to work together
Climate envoys from the United States and Russia agreed to work together to tackle greenhouse gas, energy efficiency and Arctic climate problems according to a joint statement issued on Thursday, the Interfax news agency reported.The statement followed a visit to Moscow by U.S. climate envoy John Kerry who spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin by phone a day earlier.Kerry kicked off his Moscow trip on Monday by telling Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that he wanted to set out proposals to urgently try to get the two big greenhouse gas emitters working together to battle global warming.
US deputy secretary of state Sherman to visit Japan, South Korea, and Mongolia from July 18 to July 25: State department
US Covid infections last week rose about 11% over the previous week, with the highest increases in areas with vaccination rates of less than 40%, according to the CDC
False information can lead to hesitancy to get vaccinated against the novel coronavirus, leading to preventable deaths, Murthy said, noting misinformation can affect other health conditions and is a worldwide problem
Health misinformation is a serious threat to public health. It can cause confusion, sow mistrust, harm people’s health, and undermine public health efforts. Limiting the spread of health misinformation is a moral and civic imperative
Surgeon general Vivek Murthy
Murthy called on tech companies to tweak their algorithms to further demote false information and share more data with researchers and the government to help teachers, healthcare workers and the media fight misinformation
Surgeon general Vivek Murthy warns over Covid-19 misinformation
US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy raised the alarm on Thursday over a growing wave of misinformation about Covid-19 and related vaccines that threatens efforts to quell the pandemic and save lives, urging technology companies and others to act.