In an investigative piece, the Guardian has revealed rampant corruption happening in the Interior Department where a top official (Benjamin Cassidy, a former NRA lobbyist) did a series of special favors for the National Rifle Association. This is just a glimpse of the NRA’s influence over the Interior department: The appointment of Susan LaPierre, a […]Continue Reading 399 words
Maria Devaney is the Founder of Blue S.O.S., which organizes next-gen consumers behind ocean-friendly brands in the fashion, beauty, technology, and travel industries. ODP: This year, the theme of the World Economic Forum was sustainability. The fashion industry has a role to play. What did the industry announce this week about its sustainability effort? MD: […]Continue Reading 699 words
A new report entitled “Nature Risk Rising: Why the Crisis Engulfing Nature Matters for Business and the Economy” that was just released to coincide with the start of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum makes it clear that businesses are more dependent on nature than previously thought, with approximately $44 trillion of economic value generation moderately or highly dependent on nature.
Why This Matters: As if we needed more reasons why we should save nature, now the World Economic Forum’s experts make it clear that it is in the world’s financial interest to do so.Continue Reading 506 words
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Justin Kenney is the Senior Advisor for Climate, Energy, and Environment at the United Nations Foundation. ODP: It’s a new year and in 2020, we know there will be a huge focus on the U.S. elections. But it is also a huge year for ocean conservation. Why? JK: 2020 will be the most important year […]Continue Reading 672 words
The Murdoch family saga continues : as CNN reported, Rupert Murdoch’s son James and his wife are lashing out against his father’s sprawling media empire for how it covers the climate crisis, especially in light of the fires raging in the family’s native Australia.Continue Reading 334 words
When disasters like Australia’s devastating brush fires ensue, it truly takes a community (and in this case, a nation) to grapple with the losses and begin to rebuild. There have been countless heroes who have risked–and even given–their lives so that others might be safe. The Daily Mail wrote a great roundup of Oz fire […]Continue Reading 337 words
Jeffrey Peterson has more than 40 years of experience in environmental policy both on the Hill and at EPA. He recently wrote a book entitled “A New Coast” about the need for policies to respond to devastating storms and rising seas. ODP: What motivated you to write about coastal adaptation after your long career in […]Continue Reading 777 words
By Scott Nuzum What is the most important resource of the twenty-first century? Depending on whom you ask, the answer may be water, data, rare earth metals, or sand. In truth, each of these resources—and countless others—will play a critical role in shaping twenty-first-century events and society. But there is one resource that we don’t […]Continue Reading 907 words
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 […]Continue Reading 148 words
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 […]Continue Reading 614 words
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 […]Continue Reading 149 words
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.Continue Reading 175 words