One Partisan Thing: Yale Climate Maps Reveal Extent of Divide

For all of us “green” nerds who are fascinated by the politics of climate change, not to mention all those Democratic candidates for President, the Yale Program on Climate Communications has a great data visualization site that will provide endless hours of entertainment.  Check out their partisan climate opinion survey results for 2018, and the map visualization tool that shows climate opinion by party down to the Congressional district.  As you can see from the blue map above (and the color coding is a bit counterintuitive for party affiliation) only 35% of Republicans in the U.S. believe that climate change is caused by human activities, as compared to 79% of Democrats.  Here is a surprising and hopefully statistic.  52% of Republicans agree with the statement that environmental protection is more important than economic growth.  A whopping 85% of Democrats agree with that statement.  So candidates take note, a clean environment is a winning issue with most voters!

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Climate Protesters Held Marches All Over France on Sunday

It’s spring in Paris, they are still struggling with COVID, and yet thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in Paris and numerous other French cities to protest climate change.  The French legislature is considering a law to impose tougher measures to combat climate change, but many believe the proposals are not sufficient and so they staged marches in Nancy, Toulouse, Rennes, Lyon, Grenoble, as seen in social media posts.

Why This Matters:  Because of the Paris Agreement, France is associated with climate change progress.

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California to Nestlé: Stop Draining Our Water

California to Nestlé: Stop Draining Our Water

As California’s drought conditions are worsening, Nestle is pumping millions of gallons of water from the San Bernardino forest. State water officials have drafted a cease-and-desist order to force the company to stop overpumping from Strawberry Creek, which provides drinking water for about 750,000 people. 

Why This Matters: It’s not the first time other states have also tried to reign in Nestle for its water grabs.

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Climate Report Card: Biden’s First 100 Days

Climate Report Card: Biden’s First 100 Days

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer In the Biden administration’s first 100 days, the climate crisis and environmental issues have been at the forefront of the administration’s agenda. As Environment America writes in their progress report, “despite the need to rebuild many federal agencies and tackle the COVID-19 crisis, the Biden administration has already taken […]

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