Climate Change
Latest Climate Science Could be Key to Winning Climate Lawsuits

Latest Climate Science Could be Key to Winning Climate Lawsuits

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer In recent years, cities and states have been increasingly bringing lawsuits against oil companies claiming damage to local lands, public health, and economic wellbeing. Most have been brushed aside due to a lack of evidence that oil companies were directly responsible for the harms done to these communities. But, in the wake of […]

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EU Makes Its Climate Goals Binding

EU Makes Its Climate Goals Binding

This week, the European Union approved a law that would make the bloc’s greenhouse gas emissions targets legally binding. The standard sets reduction targets at 55% by 2030, from 1990 levels, with the goal of the EU becoming an emission-free economy by 2050. The targets apply to overall EU emissions, rather than a binding requirement […]

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Rising Temperatures Could be a Game-Changer for Major League Baseball

Rising Temperatures Could be a Game-Changer for Major League Baseball

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer According to a new study from Monmouth University, climate change could negatively impact America’s favorite pastime. Professor of Economics Eric Fesselmeyer analyzed 18,907 Major League Baseball (MLB) games and found that when temperatures were above 95 degrees Fahrenheit, umpires were more likely to make call pitches incorrectly. Fesselmeyer is […]

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Environmental Destruction Could Be Defined Like a War Crime

Environmental Destruction Could Be Defined Like a War Crime

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Definitions matter and a new way to define ecocide could hold the earth’s biggest polluters accountable. A group of international lawyers have come up with a “historic” draft definition that they hope will be adopted by the International Criminal Court. If it is, ecocide would join just four other […]

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16% of World’s Largest Polluters Haven’t Set Climate Goals

16% of World’s Largest Polluters Haven’t Set Climate Goals

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new study has found that a whopping 41 of the world’s 250 most polluting companies have yet to set goals for emissions reductions. Meanwhile, the rest are lagging on setting short-term 2030 goals. Experts say that this lack of commitment could jeopardize the world’s climate and prevent countries from creating effective […]

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Earth Now Trapping 2X the Heat

Earth Now Trapping 2X the Heat

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer New data from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration suggests that the planet is trapping almost double the amount of heat in the atmosphere than it did fifteen years ago.  The study, published this week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, reveals that the Earth’s energy imbalance (the […]

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