Now Is the Time for the Best Preventative Medicine: Biodiversity

Now Is the Time for the Best Preventative Medicine: Biodiversity

By Azzedine Downes As we emerge from a year of lockdowns and begin to “build back better,” it is more important than ever to remember what we’ve learned. The pandemic has shown us the fragility of our economy and how reliant it is on our health. For without health, we potentially have nothing.  COVID 19 […]

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Using Satellites to Track Carbon Emissions Is On the Horizon click button

Using Satellites to Track Carbon Emissions Is On the Horizon

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer

Soon it will be possible to precisely track carbon emissions anywhere on the planet by satellite.  Carbon Mapper, a new nonprofit, plans to launch its first two satellites in 2023, which they hope will be joined by a “constellation” of other satellites two years later. 

Why This Matters: These satellites would be able to detect methane and carbon emissions, giving people a potent tool to hold emitters accountable — just like pollution monitors on the ground might.

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California Pollution Mapping Program Could Be a Model for the Nation

California Pollution Mapping Program Could Be a Model for the Nation

California is a leader when it comes to both controlling air pollution and giving the public the power to know where it still exists, Reuters reports.  The California Air Resources Board’s “Pollution Mapping Tool” provides the public with access to emissions data for toxic air pollutants, major chemical air pollution, and greenhouse gases from large industrial facilities.

Why This Matters:  If you can see it, you can change it.  By mapping these neighborhoods and showing pollution levels in real-time, the injustices faced by minorities are hard to overlook or explain away.

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States Have Been Crucial For Climate Progress

States Have Been Crucial For Climate Progress

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer A new report from the State Energy and Environmental Impact Center at NYU School of Law reveals that bold state leadership has been the primary source of progress in the United States’ response to the climate crisis, particularly in the absence of federal action in recent years. NYU’s findings […]

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Earth Day Initiative Hosts Video Game Inspired Virtual Festival

Earth Day Initiative Hosts Video Game Inspired Virtual Festival

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer On April 18 and 19, Earth Day Initiative (EDI) and March For Science NYC will be hosting a virtual march and festival to celebrate Earth Day and encourage people to get engaged from their homes. The virtual event, inspired by 90s videogames, will allow marchers to create avatars, explore exhibitions, and engage […]

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Interview of the Week: Aulani Wilhelm of Conservation International click button

Interview of the Week: Aulani Wilhelm of Conservation International

This week, as part of our special Earth Month series of interviews, we sat down with Aulani Wilhelm, the Senior Vice President for Oceans at Conservation International (CI). 

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