Republican Members of Congress Form Teddy Roosevelt Conservation Caucus

On Wednesday, a handful of Republican Senators and Congressmen formed their own conservation caucus saying that they wanted to demonstrate that their party cares about the environment and even climate change.  They call themselves the Roosevelt Conservation Caucus and their priorities are reportedly public land access, water quality, and ocean pollution.

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When it comes to environmental policy, it’s hardly “America First.” In fact, according to Yale University’s environmental performance ranking, it’s America 27th, compared with other nations. Despite this inconvenient truth, President Trump this week boasted of his team’s hard work to ensure our country has “crystal-clean” water and air. The sham event had to be moved indoors thanks to epic storms and flooding in Washington. Good thing — otherwise lightning might have struck him for all his lies.

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Heroes of the Week: Erin and Evan Addison and Andrew Arevalo

Heroes of the Week: Erin and Evan Addison and Andrew Arevalo

Erin and Evan Addison and Andrew Arevalo, classmates at Steel City Academy charter school in Gary, Indiana, are all rising high school sophomores and founders of the award-winning Steel City Academy podcast and were featured last week in a radio segment on NPR’s All Things Considered. Last year when Maya Energy was proposing to build […]

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Interview of the Week: Jim Richards, CEO Milkadamia

Interview of the Week: Jim Richards, CEO Milkadamia

Jim Richards is the CEO of Milkadamia, the maker of plant-based, vegan macadamia milk and products produced through regenerative farming techniques. ODP: What are the barriers that prevent regenerative farming from being used more widely? JR: The interest in regenerative farming among farmers is high and we can anticipate many more farms becoming regenerative. However, […]

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One Cool Thing: The First Filmed Interaction Between Wolves and Polar Bears


I (Miro) came across wildlife filmmaker Bertie Gregory‘s Instagram post about filming the very first filmed interactions between grey wolves and polar bears in Hudson Bay, Canada and was totally hooked. I watched his full video on YouTube and really loved the story he captured about this beautiful wolf pack and their family dynamics. I […]

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Hummus is Good for You AND the Planet

Hummus is Good for You AND the Planet

For many of us, hummus is already a snack staple but its popularity as a healthy and filling snack is steadily growing. As NPR reported, Americans spent four times as much money on hummus in the marketplace last year than they did 10 years ago: more than $800 million in 2018 alone. The main ingredient […]

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Barry May Hit NOLA, Poses An Unprecedented Threat

Barry May Hit NOLA, Poses An Unprecedented Threat

On Wednesday, New Orleans got a preview of coming disasters.  Severe thunderstorms that dumped between 6 and 7 inches of rain on the city in just 3 hours prompted tornado warnings and inundated the downtown area with water, causing transportation snarls and even forcing City Hall to close. Just as government forecasters announced that they expect 2019 to break annual flood records nationwide, the first real storm threat of the season “Barry” is lurking in the Gulf of Mexico setting its sights on the Louisiana coast (possibly New Orleans) but it is still not clear where it will make landfall.  

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France to Introduce New Tax on Air Travel

France to Introduce New Tax on Air Travel

Starting in 2020, France will begin to introduce a new “ecotax” on air travel. The new charge, costing approximately $2 to $20 for every flight departing the country, will be used to generate revenue for more environmentally-friendly modes of transportation, such as rail.  Why This Matters: While this tax probably won’t stop people from flying […]

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Tweet of the Week: Jay Inslee and Lil Nas X

Let’s collab @LilNasX. https://t.co/94KCj3mL9q — Jay Inslee (@JayInslee) July 6, 2019 We’d love to see what a collab between Gov. Jay Insee and rapper Lil Nas X would look like but more than that it’s great to see artists using their platform to talk about climate change. Lil Nas X’s song Old Town Road is […]

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Two Large WY Coal Mines Close Abruptly Leaving Miners in the Dust

Two Large WY Coal Mines Close Abruptly Leaving Miners in the Dust

Last week, with no warning, Blackjewel LLC, which operates Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines — closed both which are the largest and most productive mines in Wyoming, because the United Bank of West Virginia denied Blackjewel financing, forcing the company to file for bankruptcy.  The 700 mine employees are now struggling to survive, with unresolved questions about the mess left behind, for both the people and the unreclaimed mining sites.

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LA Bus Ridership Drops, Putting a Dent in Emissions Reductions Goals

LA Bus Ridership Drops, Putting a Dent in Emissions Reductions Goals

Los Angeles has never been known for its public transit but in recent years its bus ridership has been falling as Angelenos are–among other factors–capitalizing on a stronger economy by buying cars in record numbers. As the LA Times reported, experts also point to several other factors putting pressure on bus systems, including falling immigration […]

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U.N. Says Climate Disasters Strike Weekly, NOAA Says Names U.S. States Most At Risk

U.N. Says Climate Disasters Strike Weekly, NOAA Says Names U.S. States Most At Risk

According to a warning from top United Nations officials, climate-related disasters are now happening at a rate of one per week. The rate of climate-related disasters is also increasing in the U.S., according to a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released yesterday, which said that from 2016 to 2018, the average number of billion-dollar disasters totaled 15 each year, while the average for 1980–2018 was just 6.2 events per year.

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