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Longtime forester Randy Moore will be the first-ever African American Chief of the U.S. Forest Service since its founding 116 years ago. He will take over for Vicki Christiansen, who has led the Service since 2018, overseeing 193 million acres of public lands, including 154 national forests and 20 national grasslands. His appointment arrives as raging wildfires and a record heatwave sweep the Pacific Northwest.
Moore has worked in federal conservation since 1978 and has worked in Colorado, North Carolina and Missouri, Kansas, and Washington D.C. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says that Moore is the right man for the job, calling him “a catalyst for change and creativity.” Republicans and Democrats alike are confident that Moore can find balance while working to protect 30% of U.S. lands by 2030.
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Young people worldwide are feeling chronic stress about the climate crisis, a new study shows. The largest study on young people’s climate anxiety to date surveyed thousands of 16 to 25-year-olds from the UK, Finland, France, US, Australia, Portugal, Brazil, India, the Philippines, and Nigeria. It found that young […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor A new report published by the World Bank, titled Groundswell Part II, warns that 216 million people could be displaced by climate change by 2050. People in places with rapidly rising sea levels, water scarcity, and increasing crop failure face higher risk of displacement. The report also found that […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor Over 200 environmental activists were murdered in 2020 while protecting lands and waters across the world, averaging more than four deaths per week and setting a new record. Even as emissions dipped due to the COVID-19 pandemic, defenders of the planet faced increasing violence across the world. Now, experts […]
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