Water
EPA Deals Crushing Blow to Pebble Mine Project in Bristol Bay

EPA Deals Crushing Blow to Pebble Mine Project in Bristol Bay

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor In another significant blow to the Pebble Mine project in Alaska, the EPA has asked a federal court to allow Clean Water Act protections for parts of Bristol Bay, a body of water that stands to be decimated if the project continues. Environmental advocates and Alaska Native tribes hope […]

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California’s Drought Could Worsen Climate Change

California’s Drought Could Worsen Climate Change


By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer California’s record-breaking drought is not just a result of climate change — it’s also making climate change worse. According to a new study, population growth and energy-sapping water projects have driven up emissions and slowed down decarbonization campaigns. As it gets more and more difficult for Californians to rely […]

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Federal Judge Restores Obama-Era Protections for Streams, Marshes, and Wetlands

Federal Judge Restores Obama-Era Protections for Streams, Marshes, and Wetlands

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor   A federal judge has thrown out a Trump administration environmental rollback that scaled back federal protections for the nation’s streams, marshes, and wetlands. Despite support from farm and business groups, the federal judge ruled that the rollback could lead to “serious environmental harm.” Environmental groups are celebrating the decision, which will reinstate protections for […]

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Brazil’s Water Sources Have Declined by 15% in Just 30 Years

Brazil’s Water Sources Have Declined by 15% in Just 30 Years

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Between 1991 and 2020, Brazil lost 15% of its surface water, a new study shows. The country holds the most water resources globally, but both the world’s most extensive wetlands and rainforests are losing water at rapid rates. Now, severe drought and deforestation threaten water security and access to energy and food for millions, […]

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Toxic Algae Blooms Across the U.S.

Toxic Algae Blooms Across the U.S.

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Toxic algal blooms have been spreading throughout the United States. This year, states like Utah and Washington, Florida, and the Great Lakes are seeing explosive algal growth.  In fact, a report from the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) found cases of toxic algae in every state except Alaska. Last year the EWG […]

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DOE Announces Climate Observatory on Drought-Stricken Colorado River

DOE Announces Climate Observatory on Drought-Stricken Colorado River

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Just over a week after the federal government declared a water shortage on the Colorado River, which supplies 40 million people with water, the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) announced Tuesday that it would be opening a new climate observatory at the river’s headwaters. The project’s scientists hope to predict rain and snowfall […]

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