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 MurphyChris MurphyFor Trump and Russia, the fall of Michael Flynn is only the beginning Overnight Finance: Trump's Labor pick withdraws | Ryan tries to save tax plan | Trump pushes tax reform with retailers Democrats declare victory after Puzder bows out MORE (D-Conn.) and Susan CollinsSusan CollinsPruitt sworn in as EPA chief Comey meets Intel senators amid uproar over Trump-Russia ties EPA breaks Twitter silence to congratulate new head 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 MarkeyEd MarkeyOvernight Tech: GOP chairman to propose high-skilled visa overhaul | Zuckerberg's 5,700 word letter | Tech lobbies gear up ahead of internet fight Senate Dem blasts GOP for trying to repeal broadband privacy rules Judge orders release of EPA nominee’s emails 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.