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White House Economic Advisor Invites Foreign Officials to Discuss Climate Change
White House chief economic advisor Gary Cohn will host a discussion on climate change ahead of the United Nations General Assembly meeting, according to reports.
The breakfast meeting, scheduled the day before the UNGA kickoff in New York on Tuesday, will convene environment ministers and senior climate officials from the world's largest economies.
A White House official said the meeting was intended to "help the Trump administration find a way to fulfill the president's pledge to reduce emissions without harming the American economy," according to the New York Times. News of the meeting comes a day after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders indicated Trump had not changed his mind on climate change in the wake of the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
As reported by the New York Times:
"It is too early to say what may come out of the meeting, but it shows that the U.S. is keen to engage with key countries," said one diplomat who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak for his government. "If the U.S. expresses its clear intent on addressing climate change issues at the meeting, that would be a positive sign."
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Malaysia Sends Plastic Waste Back to 13 Wealthy Countries, Says It Won’t Be 'the Rubbish Dump of the World'
The Southeast Asian country Malaysia has sent 150 shipping containers packed with plastic waste back to 13 wealthy countries, putting the world on notice that it will not be the world's garbage dump, as CNN reported. The countries receiving their trash back include the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Canada.
Madagascar has embarked on its most ambitious tree-planting drive yet, aiming to plant 60 million trees in the coming months. The island nation celebrates 60 years of independence this year, and the start of the planting campaign on Jan. 19 marked one year since the inauguration of President Andry Rajoelina, who has promised to restore Madagascar's lost forests.