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Heroes of the Week:  Youth Activists That Flooded the Stage at the UN Climate Meeting

Heroes of the Week: Youth Activists That Flooded the Stage at the UN Climate Meeting

This week’s climate meeting had lots of “stars” come to deliver important messages — Harrison Ford, Mike Bloomberg, Al Gore, John Kerry and of course, Greta Thunberg.  But the young activists from Fridays for the Future and countless other youth groups who were everywhere at this meeting had an even bigger impact.  They flooded the […]

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Interview of the Week: Amelia Draper, Meteorologist, NBC4 Washington, D.C.

Interview of the Week: Amelia Draper, Meteorologist, NBC4 Washington, D.C.

Amelia is a meteorologist who reports daily during the afternoon newscast on climate change stories. ODP:  You have persuaded your local news producers to give you a short segment every day to discuss the issues surrounding climate change.  Were they reluctant?  Did you worry that you might not have enough stories to fill the time […]

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One Cool Thing: The Best Science Pics of the Year

One Cool Thing: The Best Science Pics of the Year

The Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition announced the winners of its fifth annual competition, for outstanding achievements in science photography,   According to CNN, “the competition ‘celebrates the power of photography in capturing scientific phenomena’ and recognizes the role images can play in making science more accessible.”  The top image of the year (above) taken by […]

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Heroes of the Week: Diane Wilson and her Legal Team

Heroes of the Week: Diane Wilson and her Legal Team

A federal judge approved a historic $50 million settlement agreement Tuesday between Taiwan-based plastics manufacturer Formosa and a scrappy environmental activist represented by indigent legal services nonprofit Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid.

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Interview of the Week: Ari Rubenstein, Fridays for the Future and Mother Earth Project

Interview of the Week: Ari Rubenstein, Fridays for the Future and Mother Earth Project

Ari Rubenstein is a high school junior who one of the leaders of the DC area “Fridays for the Future” student protest group and a Co-Founder of the Mother Earth Project, which encourages communities worldwide to decorate parachutes with artwork and concerned comments about the environment, march with them, and take them to their local politicians […]

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One Cool Thing: Prado Masterpieces Reimagined for COP25

One Cool Thing: Prado Masterpieces Reimagined for COP25

Conservation group WWF and the Prado Museum have joined forces to raise the alarm about the impact of climate change.

The Art: Together they selected four masterpieces from the Prado collection to highlight the environmental consequences of various phenomena attributed to climate change.

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The Campaign for Nature–Get To Know It!

The Campaign for Nature–Get To Know It!

If you’ve been following along with us all week then by now you’ll have a pretty good understanding of the biodiversity crisis we’re facing and why it’s so important that we protect nature. That’s where the Campaign for Nature comes in… In October of 2018,  the Wyss Foundation, a charity focused on protecting wild places, announced […]

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What Are We Doing to Protect Biodiversity?

What Are We Doing to Protect Biodiversity?

  Throughout this week we’ve written about what biodiversity means, what’s driving its loss and how it relates to climate change. It’s been pretty somber content so we also wanted to talk about what’s being done to ensure that we don’t see the worst biodiversity loss scenarios. Last year marked the 25th anniversary of the […]

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What’s Threatening Biodiversity? Hint: It’s US!

What’s Threatening Biodiversity? Hint: It’s US!

Over the last century, humans have come to dominate the planet, causing rapid ecosystem change and massive loss of biodiversity across the planet.

Why This Matters: without a vibrant Earth our chances of adequately feeding and sustaining 9.8 billion people by 2050 become slim.

 

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Fox News Host Tucker Carlson Equates Climate Migrants to “Pollution”

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson in a news segment on Monday night created a firestorm over racist remarks in which he claimed that proposals to allow many more climate refugees to enter the U.S. would result in overcrowding and would “despoil” and “pollute” our country. 

Why This Matters:  Millions of people around the world — including Americans — are already suffering due to climate change and it has created a refugee crisis.  According to the proposal’s proponents, since 2009, a climate-related disaster has displaced about one person every second due to severe weather events, famine, drought, and rising sea levels, and other climate impacts.  The United Nations believes that 22.5 million people worldwide have been displaced due to climate change since 2009 and that number could rise to 200 million forcibly displaced people by 2050. We will be confronted with this problem regardless of whether Congress passes a law allowing the government to deal with it directly.  

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The VA Won’t Fund Service Dogs For PTS Therapy

The VA Won’t Fund Service Dogs For PTS Therapy

Military dogs are often homeless once they are retired from service.  And worse, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) won’t pay for veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) to adopt them or other dogs as service dogs. Congressman John Rutherford of Florida has introduced a bill — the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) Act of 2019  to provide funding to veterans diagnosed with PTS who would like to obtain a service dog.

Why This Matters: It would be a real win-win to see some of these dogs– or other dogs in need of homes — go to veterans who are suffering from PTS as an alternative or supplement to other treatments.

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Required Reading This Veterans Day

Required Reading This Veterans Day

Here are two pieces that we recommend you read today, one of which we’ve written and the other an op-ed in the Star Tribune calling on us to honor veterans by examining the environmental damage inflicted by the military. Michael McDonald, president of Twin Cities Veterans for Peace and Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, emeritus professor of justice […]

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