New Study Suggests Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks Could Have Dire Consequences

New Study Suggests Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks Could Have Dire Consequences


Over the course of the Trump presidency, the Trump administration has unraveled nearly all of Obama’s environmental policies. A new report from the Rhodium Group suggests that this could pump 1.8 billion tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere over the next fifteen years.

Why this Matters: Trump’s swift reversal of environmental policies is unprecedented in the time since the major environmental laws were enacted, and these actions are likely to have dire impacts if courts uphold them.

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One Cool Thing: Humpback Whales Trapped in Alligator River Find Their Way Out click button

One Cool Thing: Humpback Whales Trapped in Alligator River Find Their Way Out

A trio of humpback whales was trapped for a few weeks well inland in an Australian river crawling with crocodiles — something never witnessed before, according to CNN.  The whales caused quite a stir — they were stranded in the murky East Alligator River in Kakadu National Park in Australia and could not find their […]

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Young Conservatives: Not Engaging on Climate Is a ‘Huge Loss’ for the Republican Party

Young Conservatives: Not Engaging on Climate Is a ‘Huge Loss’ for the Republican Party

by Julia Pyper, Host/Producer Political Climate The American West is being ravaged by wildfires. The Atlantic region is seeing a record number of named hurricanes in a season. Floods in the Midwest have impacted crop yields. For decades, we have been warned of the dangers that climate change will bring, but U.S. policymakers have failed […]

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California Paves Highway with Completely Recycled Materials

California Paves Highway with Completely Recycled Materials

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Contributing Writer A 1000-foot stretch highway in Oroville, CA was recently repaved with recycled plastic and asphalt—the first time a state department has paved a road with 100% recycled materials. This durable recycled material can combat potholes, last two to three times longer than asphalt roads, and reuse about 150,000 single-use […]

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A Methane Pandemic: Millions of Abandoned Wells Are Leaking into the Atmosphere

A Methane Pandemic: Millions of Abandoned Wells Are Leaking into the Atmosphere

As the candidates debate fracking, millions of abandoned natural gas wells are leaking literally tons of methane into the atmosphere, and there’s no fix in sight. There are an estimated 3.2 million abandoned oil and gas wells in the United States, and an estimated 29 million worldwide.

Why This Matters:  Methane leaks are dangerous — they have led to reports of tap water catching fire, toxic groundwater, and fatal explosions, all of which have been motivators for the federal government to track and seal these wells.

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It’s UNGA Week and Germany Has Already Upped the Climate Ante

It’s UNGA Week and Germany Has Already Upped the Climate Ante

By Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer Last week, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier announced the country would be implementing a new climate charter that calls for “increased state incentives for environmentally friendly businesses” and “more EU-wide policies” as Deutsche Welle (DW) reported. In addition, the charter declared that each year until 2050 will “see new […]

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