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Oxford Study Says Nature-Based Solutions Crucial in Fight Against Climate Change

Oxford Study Says Nature-Based Solutions Crucial in Fight Against Climate Change

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new study from the University of Oxford published Wednesday has found that nature-based solutions (NbS) land management and ecosystem restoration will play a key role in limiting global temperature rise. If implemented properly, these practices could remove gigatons of CO2 from the atmosphere in the next century. Currently, […]

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Biden Administration Releases America The Beautiful plan to Reach 30×30

Biden Administration Releases America The Beautiful plan to Reach 30×30

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer On Thursday, the Biden administration announced detailed steps to protect 30% of America’s lands and waters by 2030. The report, titled “Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful,” calls for a 10-year commitment to making conservation and restoration a priority.  The plan details strategies to purify drinking water, increase green space, improve access to outdoor […]

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Forgotten Soil Ecosystems Are Being Destroyed by Pesticides

Forgotten Soil Ecosystems Are Being Destroyed by Pesticides

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer As the world rushes to save charismatic species like pandas, whales, and even bees, one unseen class of animals has been left behind, and the consequences could resonate through every aspect of human life. Earthworms, beetles, springtails, and other underground organisms are being damaged and killed by farm pesticides. Without these “unsung heroes,” the […]

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Florida Lawmakers Pass Bill Protecting Sugar Farms from Public Health Lawsuits click button

Florida Lawmakers Pass Bill Protecting Sugar Farms from Public Health Lawsuits

Last week, the Florida legislature passed a bill that gives the sugar industry protection from long-term public health damage lawsuits. The Florida sugar industry says it will protect farmers from frivolous lawsuits, but opponents and many environmental groups say if it becomes law, it would grant the industry immunity from accountability.

Why This Matters: Sugarcane agriculture in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) has health consequences for the surrounding humans, wildlife, and environment.

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New Study Shows Humans Have Shaped Nature for 12,000 Years

New Study Shows Humans Have Shaped Nature for 12,000 Years

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer As far back as 12,000 years ago, humans were living on and interacting with three-quarters of the earth’s land, according to new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Using the most up-to-date mapping of global land use, the researchers found that by 10,000 BCE, […]

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Governor Proposes $536 Million To Fight 2021 California Wildfire Season

Governor Proposes $536 Million To Fight 2021 California Wildfire Season

As California’s wildfire season approaches, Governor Gavin Newsom is proposing $536 million in emergency and other funding to combat and prevent fires this year. The plan invests in additional firefighters, fuel breaks around vulnerable communities, and wildfire response capacity.  

Why This Matters: California’s 2020 fire season burned a record-breaking 4.2 million acres and experts say that severe drought may make this season even more destructive.

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