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The Biden administration on Thursday released a broad blueprint outlining its aspiration to conserve 30% of U.S. lands and waters by 2030.

Why it matters: The target is meant to serve multiple goals, including biodiversity, water protection, natural carbon sequestration, outdoor recreation access, public health and more.

  • The new report describes how it hopes to begin transforming the "locally led and voluntary nationwide conservation goal" into on-the-ground protections.
  • But the report for the administration's National Climate Task Force is also a highly promotional document, with many supportive quotes from a wide range of stakeholders that arrive before the policy portions.

How it works: The document lays out principles for how to achieve the target under what the White House is calling the "America the Beautiful" initiative, including:

  • A "collaborative and inclusive" approach that works with — and takes cues from — local parties like indigenous communities, businesses, local and state governments, fishers and others.
  • Pursuing an approach that that emphasizes jobs and public health. For instance it notes that conservation supports the travel and outfitting sectors, while parks and tree cover cool urban areas on hot days.
  • Honoring private property rights and "recognizing and rewarding the voluntary conservation efforts" among fishers, ranchers, farmers and forest owners.
  • Using a science-based approach and "indigenous and traditional ecological knowledge."
  • Honoring tribal sovereignty and the priorities of tribal nations.

The intrigue: There's no hard and fast definition of "conservation," so the report lays out two ways the administration hopes to track and document progress toward the goal with "comprehensive and inclusive" accounting.

One way is through creation of an "American Conservation and Stewardship Atlas" that collects "baseline information on the amount and types of lands and waters that are being managed for conservation and restoration purposes."

  • Agencies including the U.S. Geological Survey, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would be involved.
  • It would collect information from a wide array of databases, states, tribes, scientists, local governments and more to provide a baseline for how much land is currently conserved and restored.

The other is that the Interior Department, working with other agencies, will later this year start publishing an annual "America the Beautiful" report that tracks progress on the conservation push.

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Biden's new goal: 160 million Americans fully vaccinated by July 4th

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President Biden will announce Tuesday a new goal to get 160 million Americans fully vaccinated and at least one shot administered to 70% of individuals by the Fourth of July holiday, senior administration officials told reporters.

Why it matters: The administration had previously set goals of 100 million and 200 million shots — not full vaccinations. It aims to achieve the new goals with a plan to make vaccines more accessible and a continued public education campaign aimed at harder-to-reach and more-hesitant communities.

Most teachers are white. Most students aren't.

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Data: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics; Chart: Baidi Wang/Axios

The nation's 6.6 million teacher workforce has grown more racially and ethnically diverse over the past three decades — but not nearly fast enough to keep pace with a student population that's nearing majority-minority in public schools, two new reports show.

Why it matters: The disparities are especially acute between Hispanic students and teachers, and in schools with 90% or higher non-white student populations.

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UK government: Kremlin has plan "to install pro-Russian leadership" in Ukraine

British Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss. Photo: Gints Ivuskans / AFP via Getty Images

The United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary on Saturday night said the government has "information that indicates the Russian Government is looking to install a pro-Russian leader in Kyiv as it considers whether to invade and occupy Ukraine."

Driving the news: U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne called the intelligence "deeply concerning" in a statement to Axios. The Biden administration has said Russia is actively manufacturing a pretext for invasion and warned that Putin could use joint military exercises in Belarus as cover to invade from the north.