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Whoa — Growing Weed Indoors Results In High GHG Emissions

Whoa — Growing Weed Indoors Results In High GHG Emissions

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Marijuana is now legal in 15 states and counting, and medical marijuana is now legal in 34 states. It’s big business — 2020 sales broke records, surpassing an estimated $15 billion. But new research from Colorado State University, a state that pulled in over $387 million in marijuana taxes in 2020, […]

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Kern County Pushes for Thousands of New Drilling Wells

Kern County Pushes for Thousands of New Drilling Wells


by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer In California’s Central Valley, Kern County approved a plan to drill thousands of new oil and gas wells over the next 15 years. The Kern County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve as many as 2,700 new wells a year, a decision which came after hours of debate […]

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COVID Relief Bill Heads to Biden’s Desk

COVID Relief Bill Heads to Biden’s Desk

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed President Biden’s sweeping, $1.9 trillion COVID recovery bill dubbed the “American Rescue Plan Act.” The companion bill to that which recently passed the Senate will be one of the largest federal aid packages since the Great Depression and is expected to be signed into law by the president on […]

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Dear Senate, Pass COVID Relief, Support Transit, Support Workers

Dear Senate, Pass COVID Relief, Support Transit, Support Workers

As the Senate began debate on President Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package, likely leading to a final vote this weekend, Senate Republicans have attacked it as “big, wasteful, and bloated.” The version of the bill passed by the House of Representatives contains $30.5 billion in aid for public transit systems that desperately need the […]

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Portraits of Change: Women In Fishing Working For Sustainability click button

Portraits of Change: Women In Fishing Working For Sustainability

It’s not just men in the fishing sector who are impacted by climate change, overfishing, and COVID-19 — women are too.  Women like Alexia Jaurez of Sonora, Mexico, who is featured in this Environmental Defense Fund video, do the important work of monitoring the catch and the price, and most importantly determining how many more […]

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Return to Paris is No Cruise on the Seine

Return to Paris is No Cruise on the Seine


Last Friday, the United States formally reentered the Paris Climate Agreement. This is undoubtedly good news but after four years of total climate inaction on the part of the Trump administration as well as other nations failing to meet their commitments, it’s more urgent than ever that the world comes together and gets it right. […]

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