Biden’s First Steps as President: Action on Covid and Climate

A wave of executive orders is expected to take place over the next few days from the new U.S. president as he takes up residence in the White House. Here are the highlights of those he has signed so far.

The “100 day mask challenge”

Biden’s first order is part of the recommendation, part of the requirement: It requires people to wear masks on all federal property and recommends that governors and local elected officials do the same. The wording also attempts to turn masking, a vital public health recommendation that can help stop the spread of covid-19, into a public challenge, calling on all Americans to stick to wearing masks for the next 100. days. —Abby Ohlheiser

Join the Paris climate agreements

Biden wasted no time in setting a new tone for climate change, an issue he has pledged to make of his presidency. As promised throughout the campaign and afterBiden began the process of bringing the nation back into the Paris climate agreement on his first day in office.

Join the Paris Agreement, which officially take a few more weeks, does not create new binding climate policies per se. But it will require the United States to submit revised emissions targets ahead of the United Nations climate conference later this year, along with a plan for deep cuts by mid-century. The great hope is that the world’s second-largest emitter returning to the international fold will gain more momentum behind the global goal of preventing a 2 ° C warming. However, after four years under Trump, the United States will have to fix it. the significant damage done to their international relations and make real progress on their national climate policies before being seen as a leader rather than a laggard on the issue. —James Temple

This story will be updated with other actions and executive orders as they are announced.

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