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Defining Regenerative Agriculture

Defining Regenerative Agriculture

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer The American agriculture system is in need of an overhaul. A combination of more erratic weather resulting from climate change and years of soil depletion make it nearly impossible to simply continue monoculture farming. An approach called regenerative agriculture could change the system. But even as farmers and agriculture […]

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One Cool Thing: NYC’s New Floating Park

One Cool Thing: NYC’s New Floating Park

Like most other cities, New York City is starting to come back to life as we emerge from COVID isolation.  And New Yorkers now have a new free attraction to enjoy — a floating park called “Little Island” on the Hudson River at 13th Street.  It was funded by fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg and […]

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The UK Launches Revolutionary Carbon Sequestration Trials

The UK Launches Revolutionary Carbon Sequestration Trials

To meet the goals of the Paris agreement, experts say the world must invest in removing carbon from the atmosphere in addition to cutting emissions. But that can be a tall task as crucial carbon sinks fall victim to human activity and rising temperatures. The U.K. is facing this challenge head-on and has launched a series of carbon sequestration trials using trees, peat, rock chips, and charcoal.

Why This Matters: Carbon sinks are declining worldwide. 

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Read This: What Parts of the National Park System To Save From Climate Change?

Read This: What Parts of the National Park System To Save From Climate Change?

National Parks are increasingly being permanently altered by climate change and the Park Service (NPS) is now forced to reckon with it, according to an eye-opening story by Zoë Schlanger in The New York Times.

Why This Matters: The mission of the National Park Service has been to protect America’s “Crown Jewels” from change, but that’s not possible anymore.

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Banks Threaten “Less Access to Credit” In Response to Federal Debt Relief for Black Farmers

Banks Threaten “Less Access to Credit” In Response to Federal Debt Relief for Black Farmers

Black farmers have been hit the hardest by industry consolidation, predatory loan terms, and high foreclosure rates. Now, an effort by the Biden administration to provide $4 billion in debt relief for minority farmers is being met with staunch opposition from banks, who don’t want the financial support to Black farmers to cut into their profits on the loans.

Why This Matters: Since 1920, the number of Black-owned farms has declined from one million to under 40,000.

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Listen To This: Reaching Back to the New Deal for the American Jobs Plan’s Climate Corps

Listen To This: Reaching Back to the New Deal for the American Jobs Plan’s Climate Corps

National Public Radio (NPR) did a terrific story on the climate corps to provide jobs for young people that the administration proposed in the American Jobs Plan.  The proposal provides for $10 billion to launch “The Civilian Climate Corps,” to address the threat of climate change by strengthening protections on public lands.

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