Senators push bills tackling climate change ahead of summit

Senators introduced bills Friday that seek to reduce emissions of greenhouse gas pollutants and improve the public health response to climate change.

The legislation comes as the administration prepares to head to a United Nations summit on climate change in New York next week.

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Led by Sens. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyFlake's anti-Trump speech will make a lot of noise, but not much sense Senate campaign fundraising reports roll in Puerto Rico's children need recovery funds MORE (D-Conn.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsDemocrats search for 51st net neutrality vote Overnight Tech: States sue FCC over net neutrality repeal | Senate Dems reach 50 votes on measure to override repeal | Dems press Apple on phone slowdowns, kids' health | New Android malware found Overnight Regulation: Dems claim 50 votes in Senate to block net neutrality repeal | Consumer bureau takes first step to revising payday lending rule | Trump wants to loosen rules on bank loans | Pentagon, FDA to speed up military drug approvals MORE (R-Maine), eight other senators joined in sponsoring a piece of legislation that targets "super pollutants," or non-carbon greenhouse gas emissions.

Super pollutants make up 40 percent of emissions contributing to global warming, the senators said in a joint press release.

They include methane leaks, refrigerant leaks, and soot from diesel engines and cookstoves.

“Short-lived climate pollutants are the problem too few people are talking about, but are doing some of the worst damage to the atmosphere,” Murphy said.

Collins said the U.S. is already headed in the right direction to tackle such pollutants, but she stressed that the climate change challenge "requires global solutions."

Also, on Friday, Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyDemocrats search for 51st net neutrality vote Overnight Regulation: Dems claim 50 votes in Senate to block net neutrality repeal | Consumer bureau takes first step to revising payday lending rule | Trump wants to loosen rules on bank loans | Pentagon, FDA to speed up military drug approvals Dems say they have 50 votes in Senate to overrule net neutrality repeal MORE (D-Mass.) introduced a bill aimed at improving the country's public health response to those impacted by climate change.

The legislation would support research, monitoring and preparation within the health sector by developing a national action plan.

“Global warming gets personal when air pollution harms lungs and the risks of food, water and mosquito and tick transmitted diseases increases,” Markey said.

The language similar to a piece of 2009 legislation sponsored by Markey and Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) that the House passed.