Happy April Fools Day! Today also happens to be the first day of peak bloom of the cherry trees here in DC, so take your allergy meds and go snap some pics. Also happening this week:

  • Hearings:  The House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on Tuesday, April 2, at 10 am on how state and local leaders are responding to the climate crisis in the wake of President Trump’s intent to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. You can read more about it or live-stream it here.
  • Executive Branch: NOAA and its partners have released the latest Regional Climate Impacts and Outlooks, which recap winter conditions and provide insight into what to expect this spring. Take a look at what’s in store for where you live.
  • Elections: On Tuesday, Chicago will elect its first black female mayor: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle or ex-federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot–both candidates have put forth plans to tackle climate change and address environmental justice.

ICYMI: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sat down for a town hall focused on the Green New Deal with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes on Friday–definitely worth a watch.

On a positive note: NASA happily reports that there are more trees on Earth than there were 20 years ago, thanks in large part to India and China.

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