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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.
Last month, 50,000 images from 90 countries entered National Geographic’s 2021 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Among the many breathtaking photos of a living planet fighting against climate change, a winner has finally been chosen. French underwater photographer Laurent Ballesta has been awarded Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 for his photo of […]
The Fossil Fuel Resistance is in Washington, D.C. October 11-15, 2021#PeopleVsFossilFuels pic.twitter.com/BsnJsujRFe — Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) (@CJAOurPower) October 11, 2021 On Monday, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, hundreds of people marched to the White House to demand the President and Congress step up efforts to combat climate change. The rally was organized by the Build Back Fossil […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer According to new research published in the journal Nature Climate Change, at least 85% of the global population feels the impacts of human-induced climate change. The study evaluated more than 100,000 studies of events that could be linked to climate change, like crop failures, alongside temperature and precipitation changes caused by carbon emissions. The results […]
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