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One “Hot” Take: Cold Shaming Is Not Cool

One “Hot” Take: Cold Shaming Is Not Cool

The Governor of Kentucky (who is up for re-election this year), found himself in hot water after a comment he made on Tuesday morning about the school closures in his state due to the extreme cold.  Speaking on WHAS-AM (840 AM) Tuesday, the host, Terry Meiners, reminded the Governor that classes had been canceled yesterday. The […]

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In the Midst of Political Turmoil, Can Congo’s Okapi Be Saved?

In the Midst of Political Turmoil, Can Congo’s Okapi Be Saved?

The striped Okapi is a rare hybrid – described as half zebra and half giraffe – found in the wild only in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in one of the most biodiverse areas on Earth. Most people have never seen or heard of this mythical creature, but CNN reports that it is iconic for this small nation — like the giant panda is to China or the kangaroo is to Australia. Its image can be found on cigarette packages, stamps, water bottles, and even on the country’s paper currency. But now it is highly endangered — there are only 10,000 remaining in the wild, a 50% reduction in the last 25 years. 

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Prince William Interviews Sir David at Davos

Prince William Interviews Sir David at Davos

Sir David Attenborough sat down for a rare interview this week at Davos with the Duke of Cambridge.  We thought we would bring you some of the highlights. 

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Hero of the Week: Alex Weber, teen who discovered a huge source of ocean plastic pollution

Hero of the Week: Alex Weber, teen who discovered a huge source of ocean plastic pollution

Two years ago, a 16-year old diver named Alex Weber was swimming off Pebble Beach near Carmel, CA when she discovered something truly startling: thousands of golf balls from 5 local golf courses rotting on the ocean floor.

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What Can We Learn From Your Wipers?

What Can We Learn From Your Wipers?

A team of researchers at the University of Michigan found that tracking windshield wiper activity can provide faster, more accurate rainfall data than radar and rain gauge systems currently in use.  The researchers used a fleet of 70 cars and tracked when wipers were being used and matched it with video from onboard cameras to document rainfall and found that tracking windshield wiper activity can provide faster, more accurate rainfall data. 

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One Kid Thing:  Marine Wildlife Art Contest – Enter by Jan 31!

One Kid Thing: Marine Wildlife Art Contest – Enter by Jan 31!

The International Fund for Animal Welfare is teaming up with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on an art contest for kids from 4-18 to celebrate World Wildlife Day (WWD) on 2019!  The theme for WWD 2019 is Life Below Water so this year’s […]

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Remembering MLK: He Planted the Seeds of the Environmental Justice Movement

Remembering MLK: He Planted the Seeds of the Environmental Justice Movement

Today, as we look back at the life and legacy of Dr. King, we remember that although he tragically died before the environmental movement had begun, his call for justice and civil rights inspired other movements like our own.  Former Attorney General Eric Holder said in a speech honoring King at the Environmental Protection Agency in 2011, that “Dr. King, in addition to his many other achievements, helped to plant the seeds for what would become our nation’s now-thriving environmental justice movement. 

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One Generous Thing: Delta Donates To Open MLK Memorial

The Delta Air Lines Foundation is honored to give the @natlparkservice a grant to reopen the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park on its most important weekend of the year. Learn more: https://t.co/xExymO5HPv pic.twitter.com/K7ERqNSv00 — Delta (@Delta) January 18, 2019 Despite the ongoing government shutdown, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park will […]

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Deputies Rising

Deputies Rising

With the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to lead the Environmental Protection Agency now before the Senate, and David Bernhardt likely to be nominated as Secretary of Interior, these two agencies are poised to “make the most” of the next two years of the Trump Presidency. As former Deputies of their respective agencies, they have the contacts, the inside-baseball knowhow, and the drive to achieve much more than their high profile former bosses. Beware of these do-ers.

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Heroes of the Week:  Belgian Kids Skipping School To Make a Point

Heroes of the Week: Belgian Kids Skipping School To Make a Point

For the second week in a row, thousands of Belgian kids walked out of school and marched on EU parliament to make a point about the urgent need for climate action.  The Associated Press picked up the story, giving it worldwide attention.  Rain and cold did not deter the more than 12,000 kids — indeed, […]

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Our Daily Planet talks climate change with Lindsey Vonn

Our Daily Planet talks climate change with Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn will go down in history as one of the most decorated female alpine skiers to ever grace the slopes. She has won 4 overall World Cup championships (one of only two women to ever do so) and 3 Olympic medals and while this will be her last racing season she will leave generations […]

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Changing climate mentality

Changing climate mentality

Our good friends at the Yale Program for Climate Communication along with the George Mason Center for Climate Change Communication analyzed in their most recent survey the percentage of people who have changed their opinions about climate change and it turns out about 8% of surveyed Americans indeed had changed their attitude. Overall 84% of respondents said that they were MORE concerned than in the previous two years about global warming.

So what happens once you do accept climate change and begin worrying about the state of our planet? It turns out that, as UnDark reported, a growing body of evidence demonstrates that climate change and its effects are linked to elevated rates of depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, post-traumatic stress, and a host of negative emotions including anger, hopelessness, despair, and a feeling of loss. Researchers have dubbed these feelings “ecological grief.”

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