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A Note to Our Readers on Social Injustice

A Note to Our Readers on Social Injustice

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 […]

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Environmental INJustice: Many TX Companies Don’t Monitor Chemical Leaks During Pandemic

Environmental INJustice: Many TX Companies Don’t Monitor Chemical Leaks During Pandemic

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.

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Heroes of the Week: Stranded Conservation Research Team

Heroes of the Week: Stranded Conservation Research Team

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 […]

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On Memorial Day, Pay Tribute By Taking A Virtual Visit To A War Memorial

On Memorial Day, Pay Tribute By Taking A Virtual Visit To A War Memorial

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 […]

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Social Distancing Summer – What Does It Look Like?

Social Distancing Summer – What Does It Look Like?

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 […]

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Interview of the Week: Mika Brzezinski

Interview of the Week: Mika Brzezinski

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 […]

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Hero of the Week: The Newly-Knighted Captain Sir Thomas Moore

Hero of the Week: The Newly-Knighted Captain Sir Thomas Moore

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 […]

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EPA’s Air, Water and Toxic Waste Failures Compounding Health and Safety Risks to Public

EPA’s Air, Water and Toxic Waste Failures Compounding Health and Safety Risks to Public

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.

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Energy Secretary Takes a Swipe at Big Banks That Won’t Invest In Arctic Drilling

Energy Secretary Takes a Swipe at Big Banks That Won’t Invest In Arctic Drilling

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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Hero of the Week: Miles Fetherston-Resch

Hero of the Week: Miles Fetherston-Resch

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 […]

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Interview of the Week: Dennis Jorgensen on Reintroducing Bison on the Great Plains

Interview of the Week: Dennis Jorgensen on Reintroducing Bison on the Great Plains

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 […]

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One Cool Thing: Count Some Bugs for Science

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, […]

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