Today’s quick hits, March 7, 2023

A win for ocean biodiversity: For the first time, United Nations members have agreed on a unified treaty to protect biodiversity in the high seas. (UN)

White House vows WOTUS veto: If Congress passes a Republican-backed resolution to overturn the administration’s “waters of the United States” rule, the president will veto it, said the White House ahead of a House vote expected later this week. (White House)

HPAI vaccination is considered: The Biden administration “is contemplating a mass vaccination campaign for poultry” in response to 13 months of outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza and may also encourage stricter biosecurity safeguards at poultry farms. (New York Times)

Illinois nixes renewable bans: A new state law in Illinois takes away local governments’ ability to limit or ban solar and wind power projects; California and New York have similar laws. (Inside Climate News)

Extend school meal comments: The USDA should allow an additional 30 days, until early May, for comment on its “complex and far-reaching” proposal for new standards for school meals, including the first limit on sugar, said two key Republicans in Congress. (House Education)