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Women are at the forefront of the climate movement — but one woman’s pivotal role in climate science and intelligence gathering had been shrouded in secrecy for decades. Earlier this year, the NY Times’ Bill Broad put a spotlight on the fine work of Linda Zall, who was a leader in using the CIA’s spy satellites to gather and analyze climate change data and intelligence for the government. In the 1990s, she led an elite team of 70 scientists (called the Medea Project after the Greek mythological sorceress) that used the agency’s extensive satellite imagery collection to “solve environmental mysteries.” In 1995, President Bill Clinton ordered the declassification of more than 800,000 spy-satellite images and that spawned the modern, data-driven environmental movement.
Now we have Google Earth so everyone can see the evidence of our changing climate. But at the time, her work was visionary and led the publication of hundreds of groundbreaking papers, studies, and reports — some secret and some public — on climate change, but none of them had her name on them because of where she worked. We are glad that she can now, years later, talk openly about her work, and during Women’s History Month, we salute all she did to advance climate science and intelligence.
The Colorado River is drying up, millions are at risk of losing their water supply, and Indigenous communities are fighting to keep their water rights. The Western megadrought is taking its toll on American communities, but how did we get here? In his new film, River’s End: California’s Latest Water War, Jacob Morrison delves […]
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and HP just announced that they’re taking their friendship to the next level. The odd couple is teaming up and expanding their partnership to restore, protect, and improve the management of almost one million acres of forest. HP is pledging $80 million to forest conservation and restoration, and not stopping there […]
Researchers from the National University of Singapore used data from more than 1,000 twin siblings to evaluate their opinions about environmental policy. They found identical twins were more likely to have similar views on green policy than non-identical twins, suggesting that support for climate action may have a genetic component. Felix Tropf, a professor in […]
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