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One Cool Thing: The Best Science Pics of the Year

One Cool Thing: The Best Science Pics of the Year

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 […]

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Just When We Need Them Most, State Environmental Agencies Cut Budgets

Just When We Need Them Most, State Environmental Agencies Cut Budgets

The Trump Administration may be expecting more of state environmental agencies — indeed, they have delegated more authority to certain states in order to ensure greater “flexibility” for industry — but a majority of states have cut the budget of their environmental agencies according to a new report entitled “The Thin Green Line” by the Environmental Integrity Project

Why This Matters:  This compounds the neglect of the federal government, which has cut EPA’s budget for pollution control and science over the same time period.

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New Mobilization For Climate Action: World War Zero

New Mobilization For Climate Action: World War Zero

Yesterday, with an all-out media blitzkrieg, former Secretary of State John Kerry and former California Governor and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger and a group of high profile leaders from business, entertainment, the military and politics launched a campaign called “World War Zero” to mobilize Americans and people around the world to tackle climate change.

Why This Matters:  This is the most powerful group of leaders to mobilize yet — and leadership on this issue right now is in short supply.

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For the Conservation Movement, It’s Almost Heaven, West Virginia

For the Conservation Movement, It’s Almost Heaven, West Virginia

By Monica Medina, Founder and CEO of Our Daily Planet And now, for those of you who need a break from a long week of impeachmentpalooza, take a trip with us to Shepherdstown, West Virginia — a small town, nestled at the northeastern edge of the Shenandoah Valley, practically an exurb of Washington, D.C. It […]

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Hero of the Week: Tracy Danzey Who Walked Across Denmark In Protest

Hero of the Week: Tracy Danzey Who Walked Across Denmark In Protest

Earlier this week, we attended a DC screening of the excellent movie starring Mark Ruffalo entitled “Dark Waters” that opens today in theaters and were impressed with all the real-life heroes portrayed in the film.  And then we heard about Tracy.  Tracy was born and raised in Parkersburg, WV, (the setting for the film) where […]

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Interview of the Week, Eric Brazer of the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ Alliance

Interview of the Week, Eric Brazer of the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ Alliance


Eric is the Deputy Director of the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ Alliance, an organization that is working to protect the fisheries resources that fishers and consumers rely upon. ODP:  Why was the Gulf of Mexico Reef Shareholders’ Alliance formed? EB:  The Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ Alliance (Shareholders’ Alliance) was formed in […]

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Climate Change And Environment Get Little Time In Democratic Debate – Again

Climate Change And Environment Get Little Time In Democratic Debate – Again

Two hours, ten candidates, four moderators, and less than 10 minutes of serious discussion of climate change in the Democratic Debate last night.  Only four of the ten candidates were asked a direct question or given a chance to provide a significant follow-up response on the issue that most agree is an “existential crisis” and the “#1 Priority” of several of the candidates.

Why This Matters:  Two questions and ten minutes is not enough time to discuss the existential crisis of our time. Period.

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The New Study Democratic Presidential Candidates Should Read to Win Over Young Voters

The New Study Democratic Presidential Candidates Should Read to Win Over Young Voters


by Kurt Bardella A new study released on Monday by the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics provides the 2020 Democratic Presidential candidates with a blueprint to engage 18-29-year-olds who are “likely voters” in the next election. The report reveals that “compared to this point in the 2016 presidential cycle, young Americans across the political […]

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Hero of the Week: Dr. Mildred McClain

Hero of the Week: Dr. Mildred McClain


Dr. Mildred McClain is an environmental justice activist from Savannah, GA and founder and executive director of the Savannah-based Harambee House/Citizens For Environmental Justice.

Don’t miss her viral speech/sermon from the 2019 Georgia Climate Conference.

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Interview of the Week: Dan Esty on the New Book of Essays Entitled “A Better Planet”

Interview of the Week: Dan Esty on the New Book of Essays Entitled “A Better Planet”

Daniel Esty is the Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy at Yale University and the editor of a new book entitled “A Better Planet: 40 Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future.” ODP:  The Yale Environmental Dialogue was launched in 2017 — why?  What did you hope it would accomplish? DE:  Dean Indy Burke of […]

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We Ask Tom Steyer, Is There Room To Talk Impeachment and Climate?

We Ask Tom Steyer, Is There Room To Talk Impeachment and Climate?

If you’ve taken a look at a newspaper or turned on cable news in the past month it’s difficult to spot a headline that doesn’t have to do with impeachment. Sure, impeachment is an important issue but cable news, in particular, has honed in so profoundly on the topic that it’s left little room for […]

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Blue Wave Continues Lifting Dems to Victory in KY Governor’s Race and VA Legislature

Blue Wave Continues Lifting Dems to Victory in KY Governor’s Race and VA Legislature

In a huge upset, the Democrat Andy Beshear upset the sitting Governor there running on a pro-climate change, clean energy platform.  And the state House and Senate in Virginia also flipped to Democratic control, with clean energy issues looming large in the election as well, with the largest single donor to Dems in Virginia funding liberal candidates in an effort to loosen the hold of Dominion energy in the state capitol.

Why This Matters:  Environmental issues were an important factor in Democratic victories on Tuesday.

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