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 MurphyDems don’t want to help GOP improve repeal bill Tough road ahead for McConnell on ObamaCare Dem senator: Trump's 'icky' Boy Scout speech left 'my stomach in knots' MORE (D-Conn.) and Susan CollinsSusan CollinsTrump’s attacks stun Republican senators Dems don’t want to help GOP improve repeal bill Bare bones repeal plan gains steam in Senate 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 MarkeyOPINION | Shailene Woodley: US should run on renewable energy by 2050 Dems urge 'transparent and inclusive' nuke policy review Senate confirms former Boeing VP as deputy Defense secretary 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.