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A White House tree. Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Officials from the White House, Congress, nonprofits and business will meet at the White House Wednesday to pursue a "1 Trillion Trees" initiative.

What's happening: The plan, launched in January in Davos, aims to "grow, restore and conserve 1 trillion trees around the world — in a bid to restore biodiversity and help fight climate change," the World Economic Forum said.

  • At the meeting, the group "will review current and new initiatives, and propose future processes and next steps," according to the White House.

The announced list of participants includes:

  • Jared Kushner
  • Ivanka Trump
  • Chris Liddell, Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination
  • Jim Hubbard, Undersecretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment
  • Kate McGregor, Deputy Interior Secretary
  • Michelle Bekkering, Assistant Administrator, USAID
  • House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy
  • Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff
  • Kelvin Drogemeier, Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.)
  • Bruce Harris, Vice President of Government Affairs, Walmart
  • Justin Adams, Executive Director, World Economic Forum
  • Jad Daley, American Forests, President and CEO
  • Jay Farrell, Executive Director, National Association of State Foresters
  • Jorn Lambert, Executive Vice President of Digital Solutions, Mastercard
  • Karen Fang, Managing Director, Global Head of Sustainable Finance, Bank of America
  • Josepfina Brana-Varela, V.P. and Deputy Lead, Forests, World Wildlife Fund
  • Michelle Patron, Director of Sustainability Policy, Microsoft
  • M. Sanjayan, CEO, Conservation International
  • Maggie Cordish, Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Mary Mitsos, President and CEO, National Forest Foundation
  • Sophie Beckham, Chief Sustainability Officer, International Paper
  • Suzanne DiBianca, Executive Vice President and Chief Impact Officer, Salesforce
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CDC prepares tougher testing rules for international travelers

Travelers with their luggage arrive at a COVID-19 testing location at the airport in Los Angeles, Calif., on Nov. 23, 2021. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday night that it is working to impose stricter testing requirements for international travelers due to the spread of the new Omicron variant.

The big picture: The new rules would require all international travelers, regardless of vaccination status, to show a negative test taken a day before their flight to the U.S. Currently, the CDC says fully vaccinated travelers are allowed to show a test taken no more than three days before their departure, AP reports.

Republicans threaten to shut down government over vaccine mandates

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) in the Capitol in November 2020. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Getty Images

Conservative Republicans in the House and Senate are planning to force a government shutdown Friday to deny funding needed to enforce the Biden administration's vaccine mandates on the private sector, according to Politico.

Why it matters: Congress has until the end of the week to pass a stopgap measure to extend funding into 2022, though objection from a small group of Republicans could shut down the government.

Electric car prices could go up before they come down

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The secret to affordable electric vehicles is cheaper batteries. But after years of falling prices, battery costs are now headed in the wrong direction.

Why it matters: Costlier batteries could drive up the price of electric vehicles — threatening the auto industry's transition away from fossil fuels, and, in turn, society's fight against climate change.