Sustainability
New Study Shows Plastic Bags and Packaging Most Lethal to Marine Wildlife

New Study Shows Plastic Bags and Packaging Most Lethal to Marine Wildlife

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Contributing Writer A new study published in the journal Conservation Letters has found that plastic bags and flexible packaging are the most deadly bits of plastic waste in the world’s oceans. From a review of hundreds of scientific articles, the agency found that plastic ingestion was responsible for the deaths of […]

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Ensuring Our Natural Security

Ensuring Our Natural Security

by Alejandro Perez, Sr Vice President, Policy and US Government Affairs at WWF-US Over the last year, a previously unknown pathogen jumped from an animal to a person, spread across the globe, claimed well over a million lives and brought national economies to their knees. And yet, as devastating as the pandemic has been, the world […]

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DITCHED: New York’s Divest/Invest Commitments with Daniel Zarrilli and Alfred Griffin

DITCHED: New York’s Divest/Invest Commitments with Daniel Zarrilli and Alfred Griffin

by Julia Pyper, Host/Producer, Political Climate Cities and states have powerful roles to play in divesting from fossil fuels and directing investments toward sustainable industries. There are a number of ways for these sub-national actors to participate in the divest/invest movement and help pave the way for more widespread action.  In this episode of Political […]

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Will The Government Require Federally-Funded Buildings to Meet Flood Standards?

Will The Government Require Federally-Funded Buildings to Meet Flood Standards?

In order to ensure we are adapting to climate change, E&E News reports that some experts are arguing that the incoming Biden Administration may want to put back in place a requirement that all buildings, infrastructure, and homes funded or backed with federal dollars be flood-proofed.

Why This Matters:  Not being flood-proofed is just dumb and really costly in the long run.

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37% of UNESCO Heritage Sites Damaged by Climate Change

37% of UNESCO Heritage Sites Damaged by Climate Change

Many of the world’s most well-known treasures are UNESCO heritage sites, from the Great Barrier Reef to the Taj Mahal. Yet dozens of these sites are under threat from climate change. Flooding, droughts, fires, and the bleaching of coral reefs have marred 83 of the 252 World Heritage Sites.

Why this Matters: UNESCO World Heritage sites are incredibly important ecosystems and cultural symbols, and it would be a tragedy to lose them.

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The Vicuña Makes A Comeback

The Vicuña Makes A Comeback

Just a few decades ago, the vicuña was nearly extinct from overhunting. Today, there are more than 350,000 vicuñas — the long-necked fluffy alpaca cousins — living in their native range along the Andes. How did this conservation comeback happen?  By giving communities the rights to shear the vicuñas for their prized wool, the animals became a source of income. 

Why This Matters: Vicuña wool is a luxury item and one of the most expensive fibers in the world.

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