Climate Change
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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Now You Can Give the SEC Your “Two Cents” On Climate Disclosures

Now You Can Give the SEC Your “Two Cents” On Climate Disclosures

The Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission wants to know what you want to know about how corporations are dealing with climate change and other environmental risks. 

Why This Matters:  The Commission’s position represents a huge shift and a wholesale rejection of the outdated thinking that we must choose between a clean environment and a strong economy.

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Special Envoy Kerry Barnstorms In Europe To Demonstrate U.S. Climate Commitment

Special Envoy Kerry Barnstorms In Europe To Demonstrate U.S. Climate Commitment

On Monday, 🇺🇸 @ClimateEnvoy John Kerry was in London to meet with 🇬🇧 allies ahead of #COP26 later this year. We asked Sec. Kerry to tell us more about how we’re working together to strengthen the global effort to combat the climate crisis. pic.twitter.com/qr1A28Fwhs — U.S. Embassy London (@USAinUK) March 10, 2021 Special Presidential Envoy […]

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Bitcoin’s Big Climate Footprint

Bitcoin’s Big Climate Footprint

CNBC Anchor Andrew Ross Sorkin, who also writes for the NY Times, was out yesterday with a thought-provoking piece about the huge amount of carbon emitted due to energy-intensive Bitcoin “mining.”  Studies show that Bitcoin’s business has a bigger carbon footprint than countries like, say, Argentina or New Zealand.  That’s not chump change when it […]

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Louisville Chem Plant Produces More GHGs Than The City’s Cars Combined

Louisville Chem Plant Produces More GHGs Than The City’s Cars Combined

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer One chemical plant in Louisville Kentucky is doing more damage to the environment than all the city’s cars combined. The Chemours Louisville Works is the country’s largest emitter of a chemical called hydrofluorocarbon-23 (HFC-23), a greenhouse gas 12,400 times more potent than carbon dioxide. These emissions could be eliminated with low-cost technology upgrades, […]

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