Feb 27, 2019

House approves extensive conservation package

Death Valley National Park. Photo: Doug LemkeGetty Images

House lawmakers passed a public lands conservation measure on Tuesday that will add more than 1 million acres of new wilderness, restore a conservation program funneling offshore drilling revenue to land conservation, and establish new national monuments to honor civil rights activists and Civil War soldiers.

The details: The House voted 363-62 to push the package through, just two weeks after the Senate approved the measure by 92-8. The bill will head to the White House for President Trump’s signature. This is viewed as a notable bipartisan victory for environmentalists at a time when the Trump administration is vigorously rolling back public land protections in favor of coal and big oil.

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America's funeral homes buckle under the coronavirus

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Morgues, funeral homes and cemeteries in hot spots across America cannot keep up with the staggering death toll of the coronavirus pandemic.

Why it matters: The U.S. has seen more than 10,000 deaths from the virus, and at least tens of thousands more lives are projected to be lost. The numbers are creating unprecedented bottlenecks in the funeral industry — and social distancing is changing the way the families say goodbye to their loved ones.

Navarro memos warning of mass coronavirus death circulated in January

Image from a memo to President Trump

In late January, President Trump's economic adviser Peter Navarro warned his White House colleagues the novel coronavirus could take more than half a million American lives and cost close to $6 trillion, according to memos obtained by Axios.

The state of play: By late February, Navarro was even more alarmed, and he warned his colleagues, in another memo, that up to two million Americans could die of the virus.

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Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index: The virus hits home

Data: Ipsos/Axios poll; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

The share of Americans who know someone who's tested positive has more than tripled in just a few weeks, to 14%, according to the latest installment of our Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index.

  • It's still highest in the Northeast, but last week alone it doubled in the South — and it's becoming most pronounced among people who still must leave home to work.
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