Climate Change
Cherry Blossoms Bloom Early Across The World

Cherry Blossoms Bloom Early Across The World

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Both Kyoto, Japan, and Washington D.C. are known for their cherry blossom seasons in the first few weeks of warming spring weather. This year, cherry blossom season came early in both of these cities. In Kyoto, the blooms peaked last Friday, the earliest in more than 1,200 years of […]

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Climate Change A Major Factor for Central American Migrants Fleeing to US click button

Climate Change A Major Factor for Central American Migrants Fleeing to US

The mainstream media often cites Hurricanes Eta (a devastating Category 4 hurricane that caused heavy damage in early November 2020) and Iota (it underwent explosive intensification and became a rare Category 5 hurricane in mid-November) as a major factor driving the migration to the U.S. Southwestern border. 

Why This Matters:  Hurricanes like Eta and Iota will only become more commonplace as the globe continues to warm.  But the migration driving climate stressors go beyond severe coastal storms to drought, desertification, sea-level rise and heavy flooding.

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NATO Shifts Strategy to Address Climate Change — It’s a “Crisis Multiplier”

NATO Shifts Strategy to Address Climate Change — It’s a “Crisis Multiplier”

Military leaders around the globe increasingly find one of the most challenging “forces” when it comes to upsetting global peace and prosperity is not a military one — it’s climate change.  The Secretary-General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, led the Alliance’s defense ministers earlier this week to make climate change a major focus of strategy and […]

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Climate Smart Credit Ratings Would Cause Many Countries to be Downgraded by 2030

Climate Smart Credit Ratings Would Cause Many Countries to be Downgraded by 2030

A group of economists from Cambridge University using artificial intelligence to simulate the economic effects of climate change on the credit ratings of 108 countries over the coming decades, found that unless we reign in carbon emissions, 63 nations could have their credit downgraded by over a notch by 2030. 

Why This Matters:  This is why global climate action matters to all countries — even rich ones will have a hard time servicing their debts from the rising climate costs

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Cold War Lessons From Greenland’s Ice

Cold War Lessons From Greenland’s Ice

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer During the Cold War, the U.S. had grand plans to hide nuclear missiles beneath Greenland’s ice. While that project didn’t pan out, as part of the work, researchers extracted a massive mile-long ice core and 12 feet of frozen soil. That soil was analyzed decades later, and the leaves, […]

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Redlined Neighborhoods More Susceptible to Flooding

Redlined Neighborhoods More Susceptible to Flooding

Due to redlining practices used by banks before the civil rights movement, Blacks and other minorities were only able to receive loans for houses in neighborhoods in “less desirable” areas that had a higher risk of flooding.  A new study shows that these neighborhoods are now more even more susceptible to flooding due to climate change.  

Why this Matters:  This study shows how the socioeconomic effects of redlining and the damage wrought by climate change can compound on each other.

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