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When spring comes to Keene, NH thousands of amphibians like salamanders and frogs begin to emerge from their frozen states to return to the vernal pools where they were born. Unfortunately reaching the vernal pools requires crossing a busy road where frogs and salamanders are no match for cars. As the Washington Post explained, “Keene’s City Council unanimously voted to set up road closures and barriers on nights of major amphibian migration.” A small army of volunteers coordinated and trained by Brett Amy Thelen, science director of Harris Center for Conservation Education helps the amphibians make it to safety. Thelen obsessively monitors the weather and keeps a Five-Day Salamander Forecast on the center’s website to ready volunteers to help the animals cross the road. Since 2007, volunteers trained by the Harris Center have succefully helped about 43,000 creatures get across roads in the Monadnock Region of southwestern New Hampshire.
High heels, wigs, and full makeup may not be the attire traditionally associated with hiking in the great outdoors, yet environmentalist drag queen Pattie Gonia is using her photoshoots to bring awareness to environmental issues and make the outdoors more inclusive for all groups. As Yale Climate Connections wrote, Pattie Gonia says it starts by […]
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer A new study found that men’s consumer spending causes 16% more emissions than that of women when spending similar sums of money on goods. The study juxtaposed the spending habits of single men and women in Sweden, and found that men were more likely to spend on fuel for […]
You may recall our interview with Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn where she explained the threat that climate change poses to winter olympic sports like hers. Now that the Tokyo Summer Olympics are underway, it’s all the more evident that climate change will continue affecting summer sports in a similar fashion. In Tokyo specifically, where climate […]
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