This past weekend we witnessed nationwide protests against police brutality and outcries for justice for the killing of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless other black Americans who have lost their lives to racial violence. While Our Daily Planet is a platform to bring awareness to climate change and the environment, we needed […]Continue Reading 723 words
- air pollution
- Environmental Justice
- oil and gas
- Public Citizen
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Houston Chronicle reported on Friday that the state of Texas has waived all monitoring and reporting requirements for oil and chemical companies because the companies claim they do not have the staff to conduct tests or file reports.
Why This Matters: The state only denied 10 of 140 requests for regulatory relief.Continue Reading 556 words
As CNN reported, a team of conservationists who were trying to save endangered seabirds from giant mice on one of the world’s most remote islands were recently rescued by the UK military after becoming stranded due to the coronavirus pandemic. A group of 12 researchers from the UK arrived on Gough Island, which is located […]Continue Reading 224 words
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The nation’s most famous war memorial is Arlington National Cemetery. it is celebrating the centennial of Amphitheater’s dedication during the month of May. “The centerpiece of the 100th-anniversary commemoration is ANC’s first online exhibit. While Arlington National Cemetery remains closed to visitors, this online exhibit allows the public to virtually explore these hallowed grounds.” To take […]Continue Reading 734 words
It’s the unofficial first day of summer and we are all either beginning to get out or looking forward to the day very soon when we emerge from our homes and start to venture beyond the confines of our neighborhoods or support jobs. That is good. But doing it safely is going to be a […]Continue Reading 347 words
Most of us know Mika Brzezinski as a journalist, commentator, and co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe but she has another noteworthy title: devoted animal lover. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, animals have provided us comfort, companionship, and stories about them have generated immense interest from our ODP readers. It’s why we wanted to sit down with […]Continue Reading 612 words
As NPR wrote, Capt. Tom Moore, the British World War II veteran who raised more than $39 million to support NHS charities by walking 100 laps for charity in his garden, is being awarded a knighthood in recognition of how he has inspired people in the U.K. and around the world. Moore launched the campaign […]Continue Reading 180 words
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Andrew Wheeler, appeared before Congress yesterday and when asked about all the rollbacks of environmental regulations by the agency recently, he defended his leadership saying “All our rules make things better.”
Why This Matters: It is patently clear that EPA is making things better for corporate polluters, not ordinary citizens who are negatively impacted by them.Continue Reading 496 words
- Arctic drilling
- Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
- oil and gas
The Secretary of Energy stunningly accused the major financial institutions that refuse to now invest in Arctic oil and gas exploration of discrimination against the oil and gas industry and likened the decision to the banks’ refusal in the past to make loans to minorities.
Why This Matters: Arctic drilling has been fought due to its environmental toll since the 1960s, In 1980, Congress decreed that no exploratory drilling or production could occur without further congressional action — and it stayed that way until President Trump demanded authority to lease the land for drilling, despite the ample domestic supply of oil and gas.
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After being inspired by Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, 7-year-old Miles Fetherston-Resch decided that he wanted to donate the money in his piggy bank — all $13 of it — to ocean conservancy. But Miles didn’t stop there, and with the help of his moms Jess and Libby Fetherston-Resch, he’s launched launch Kids Saving Oceans, a […]Continue Reading 177 words
Dennis Jorgensen is the Bison Initiative Coordinator of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Last week, after working with Dennis and WWF, the Rosebud Economic Development Corporation (REDCO), the economic arm of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, committed nearly 28,000 acres of native grassland for the creation of a new plains bison herd of 1,500 animals, which […]Continue Reading 702 words
Insects are a vital food source for migratory birds. Scientists need your help tracking how these insect populations are responding to climate change. A citizen science project called Caterpillars Count! is recruiting volunteers to help understand how insect populations are changing. (NatGeo recently made evident that insects are in need of our help!) As Discover Magazine explained, […]Continue Reading 107 words