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Top Action to 'Save the Planet'? Crack Down on Industry Money in Politics

• by Julia Conley

The Center for Biological Diversity last week called on President-elect Joe Biden to make good on his pledge to not "just tinker around the edges" of solutions to the climate and planetary crisis, releasing a report detailing 50 steps Biden can take without relying on Congress to address biological diversity, pollution, environmental injustice and the heating of the planet.

The group's report — "The Last Decade to Save the Planet" — takes its name from climate scientists' warning that greenhouse gas emissions must be slashed by 50% in the next 10 years in order to have any hope of limiting global warming to 1.5º Celsius by 2050.

The report focuses on five key areas in which Biden can make a lasting difference in how the U.S. government confronts the planetary emergency, as Congress did decades ago with legislation including the National Environmental Policy Act and Endangered Species Act.

The incoming administration must crack down on corruption and the influence of corporate polluters, address the climate crisis, protect environmental and human health from dangerous chemicals, restore abundant wildlife populations and strengthen safeguards for public lands, the report says.