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Hero of the Week:  Ma Jun, Chinese Anti-Pollution Activist

Hero of the Week: Ma Jun, Chinese Anti-Pollution Activist

This week we salute Ma Jung, a former investigative reporter in China who has been pressuring the Chinese government and private companies for more than a decade to reduce pollution.  For good reason, according to the World Health Organization, a staggering 1 million people in China died due to air pollution in 2016.  Wow.  Ma […]

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One Smart Kid: Winner of the National Geographic GeoBee

One Smart Kid: Winner of the National Geographic GeoBee

Nihar Janga, an 8th-grader from Canyon Ridge Middle School in Austin, Texas, won the 31st annual National Geographic GeoBee held in Washington, D.C.  But get this — in 2016, Janga was the co-champion of the Scripps National Spelling Bee! It was a very competitive championship round with five tiebreaker questions — Nihar was tied with […]

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“Traffic Jams” On Mount Everest Causing Concern

Selfie insanity has now reached its peak — at the top of Mount Everest, with The New York Times reporting earlier this week that climbers are now “pushing and shoving” to get perfect shot from the flattest part of the summit, after waiting hours jammed in an overcrowded line on an icy, rocky ridge with a several-thousand foot drop on either side. 

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New Research Suggests Climate Marches Sway Public Sentiment

New Research Suggests Climate Marches Sway Public Sentiment

The uptick of climate and science marches since the 2016 election has certainly made the environmental community feel more hopeful and less alone but have these demonstrations actually swayed public opinion? Penn State just released a study that proves that large-scale climate marches do in fact help convince the public, including conservatives, that collaborative action […]

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Trump Says “You’re Fired” to 1,100 Workers in Conservation Job Training Program

Trump Says “You’re Fired” to 1,100 Workers in Conservation Job Training Program

The Washington Post reported that 1,100 workers employed by the U.S. Forest Service’s Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers who train young people from disadvantaged rural areas in fire fighting and other similar trades will lose their jobs at the end of September when the Administration closes 9 offices and shifts the other 16 to the Department of Labor, eliminating more than a third of the positions — it is the largest single layoff of federal workers in nearly a decade. 

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One Cool Thing: Hundreds of Thousands of Poppies Return to the National Mall to Honor Fallen Service Members


Hundreds of Thousands of Poppies Return to the National Mall to Honor Fallen Service members The Poppy Wall of Honor is a temporary installation at the National Mall in Washington, DC honoring the more than 645,000 American servicemembers who gave their lives in service to the US since World War I.http://bit.ly/2M83t0P Posted by WBFF FOX […]

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Interview of the Week: Lora Smith

Interview of the Week: Lora Smith

Lora Smith heads the Appalachian Impact Fund at the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky. She also serves as the co-chair of the Downtown Revitalization Working Group at the Appalachia Funders Network, a network of investors focused on the shared goal of an equitable Appalachian economic transition. ODP: Can you give a bit of detail of the […]

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Heroes of the Week: Flood Rescuers

Earlier this week, we described the severe weather outbreak in the midwest.  By Thursday, more than 60 tornadoes had touched down in Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Iowa.  All the rain made swollen rivers even more flooded and left many people stranded in their cars and homes.  And the severe weather is not over yet.  According […]

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Environmental Justice Is Essential to Climate Justice, and Now it Has A Caucus

Environmental Justice Is Essential to Climate Justice, and Now it Has A Caucus

Earlier this week, I (Monica) attended the Sunrise Movement rally in DC, which most people think of as a movement of young people demanding immediate and drastic action on climate change.  But listening to the leaders of the movement, who are much more diverse than the traditional “green” groups, one thing was abundantly clear — […]

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Hero of the Week: Brett Amy Thelen

Hero of the Week: Brett Amy Thelen

When spring comes to Keene, NH thousands of amphibians like salamanders and frogs begin to emerge from their frozen states to return to the vernal pools where they were born. Unfortunately reaching the vernal pools requires crossing a busy road where frogs and salamanders are no match for cars. As the Washington Post explained, “Keene’s […]

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One Cool Job Thing:  Environmental Jobs Pay Well!

One Cool Job Thing: Environmental Jobs Pay Well!

It’s graduation season and we will end the week on a high note!  Yahoo Finance recently reported that in today’s hot job market, it’s possible to find a good job that pays at least $60,000 right out of college even with no experience.  On a salary like that, a person can live well in many […]

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Interview of the Week:  Azzedine Downes, ifaw

Interview of the Week: Azzedine Downes, ifaw

Azzedine is the President and CEO of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, where he leads their efforts to help people and animals thrive together in more than 40 countries around the globe. ODP:  IFAW just celebrated its 50th anniversary. What have been the organization’s greatest accomplishments? AD:  From humble beginnings 50 years ago, IFAW […]

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