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President Trump may have fired his Defense Secretary yesterday, but at least the administration did one good thing. The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that all U.S. military veterans and gold star families are now eligible to get free access to national parks, wildlife refuges, and thousands of other recreation areas. The passes ordinarily cost $80, but now with a military or veterans ID, those who have served can gain free entry to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites and 400 million acres of public lands. Those who are in the military — active and reserve — were already eligible for free annual passes, but now they are entitled to free park entry for the rest of their lives! That is a great way for all of us to say thank you for your service.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A condo collapse in Miami is prompting new conversations about the threats rising sea levels and flooding present to the nation’s infrastructure. Experts say that it’s too early to determine whether or not climate change contributed to the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers. But they also warn that as sea levels rise […]
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Louisiana loses almost a football field of land each day, caused by a combination of climate change-fueled sea level rise, reduced sediment flow from the Mississippi River, and the land gradually sinking. One area that’s not slipping underwater: Avery Island, the birthplace of Tabasco hot sauce that’s still the […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and part of the state Cabinet have approved a highway extension spanning a portion of the Everglades. The move rejects a 2020 recommended order from Administrative Law Judge Suzanne Van Wyk, claiming that the project was incompatible with continued efforts to establish protections in the region. Legal challenges are […]
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