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 MurphyChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies Murphy faces criticism from GOP challenger over fundraising email Democrat: Republicans who believe in more gun control afraid of being 'politically punished' MORE (D-Conn.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGun proposal picks up GOP support Giffords, Scalise highlight party differences on guns Agricultural trade demands investment in MAP and FMD 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. Edward MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyDems lambaste Trump’s ‘outrageous’ EPA chemical safety pick Dems plan to make gun control an issue in Nevada Dem senator pitches ideas for gun control after shooting 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.