President-elect Joe Biden announced his intended nominees for several cabinet-level positions on Monday, including John Kerry as Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, a new post. The position is on the National Security Council, underscoring Biden’s commitment to tackling climate change and his intention to treat it as a serious national security issue. “This appointment finally elevates climate change to the very center of U.S. national security policy where it belongs,” said Paul Bledsoe, a former climate adviser in the Clinton White House. As a new position, it is not entirely clear what Kerry’s role will look like, but it appears it will focus on international climate action. Varshini Prakash, co-founder of the Sunrise Movement, called the move “encouraging” on Twitter, but said she was also looking for a “domestic equivalent.” According to the Washington Post, two individuals briefed on the transition plans said Biden does plan to appoint another high-level White House official to coordinate domestic climate action, with a focus on maximizing his executive authority and identifying legislative opportunities. (Washington Post $, New York Times $, CNN, NPR, Reuters, AP, The Guardian, Business Insider, Grist, Boston Globe $, The Hill, Bloomberg $, InsideClimate News, Electrek, Climate Home