House Dems Introduce Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act

House Dems Introduce Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act

Yesterday at a virtual press conference, House Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) unveiled his Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act along with co-lead, House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Chair Kathy Castor. In Grijalva’s own words, the bill aims to provide a roadmap for ocean and coastal climate resilience, and responsibly uses them […]

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New WWF Report Shines a Light on Getting Rid of Ghost Gear

New WWF Report Shines a Light on Getting Rid of Ghost Gear

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued a new report yesterday illuminating the devastating impact of derelict or abandoned fishing gear in the ocean (aka “ghost gear”), and the numbers are terrifying — between 500,000 and 1,000,000 tons of ghost gear wind up in the ocean EACH YEAR!

Why This Matters:  While fishing gear that is in use is a threat to marine life like whales, abandoned fishing gear is just a tragedy waiting to happen and completely needless — eliminating it is totally within our control.

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Deep-Sea Corals Gain Protection in the Gulf of Mexico

Deep-Sea Corals Gain Protection in the Gulf of Mexico

Last week the federal government approved protections for 500 square miles of deep-sea coral habitats in the Gulf of Mexico, NOLA.com reported. The rules, approved by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), prohibit fishing with bottom tending nets and other fishing tools that rip apart fragile corals.

Why This Matters: Deep-sea corals live at depths up to 10,000 feet and protect a diverse array of marine life including shrimp, crab, and other fish caught and sold for consumption around the world.

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Trump’s Plumbing Obsession:  Showers, Sinks and The Third Thing

Trump’s Plumbing Obsession: Showers, Sinks and The Third Thing

Donald Trump has been boasting on the campaign trail about his “rollback” on plumbing standards  — taking credit for making it possible to wash hands (huh?) and for making dishwashers faster and even for a more powerful toilet flush.

Why This Matters:  Trump claims to have “freed” water and as a result, women in the suburbs “like him a lot.”  Well, that is not true either.

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ExxonMobil Mired in Controversy after Monday’s Trump Rally

ExxonMobil Mired in Controversy after Monday’s Trump Rally

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Contributing Writer At a  rally in Prescott, AZ, on Monday, President Donald Trump described a theoretical fundraising call he had with the CEO of ExxonMobil, in which he accepted a bribe from the oil giant.  Trump said: “I call the head of Exxon. I don’t know, you know, ‘How are you […]

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One Kiwi Thing: Prime Minister Ardern Wins Big on Progressive Platform

One Kiwi Thing: Prime Minister Ardern Wins Big on Progressive Platform

In New Zealand, the votes from their election over the weekend are tallied and Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern notched a huge victory — the biggest for her Party since 1996.  She received a mandate with the support of a majority in Parliament, and delivered the first 30 seconds of her victory address was […]

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