China Pledges $230 Million to Protect Biodiversity

China Pledges $230 Million to Protect Biodiversity

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer At a UN conference in Kunming, China, President Xi Jinping set aside $230 million to form a fund that preserves biodiversity in developing countries. This announcement was made at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity talks (COP15) which are dedicated to preserving delicate ecosystems and preventing plants and animals […]

Continue Reading 315 words
Over 30 Countries Agree to Cut Methane by 30%

Over 30 Countries Agree to Cut Methane by 30%

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Thirty-one countries have joined the Global Methane Pledge, a US and EU-led global pledge drafted last month by the two nations to reduce methane emissions by 30% by 2030. This news arrives three weeks before world leaders convene for COP26 in Glasgow to determine how to prepare for imminent climate-related disasters and prevent catastrophic warming.   Why This Matters: Methane […]

Continue Reading 272 words
Oil Spill the Tea

Oil Spill the Tea

Last weekend, an estimated 144,000 gallons of heavy crude oil leaked from an underwater pipeline in California, making for one of the largest spills in recent state history. While federal regulators have enacted protections for some federal lands and waters, they’re still a long way from reaching President Biden’s 30×30 goal. But the longer they […]

Continue Reading 94 words
Bezos Earmarks $1 billion of $10 billion Earth Fund for 30×30 Conservation

Bezos Earmarks $1 billion of $10 billion Earth Fund for 30×30 Conservation

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor One year after founding the $10 billion Bezos Earth Fund, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has earmarked $1 billion for conservation efforts aimed at protecting 30% of all lands and waters by 2030. The organization stated in a press release that it would prioritize “areas that are important for biodiversity […]

Continue Reading 435 words
Federal Judge Restores Obama-Era Protections for Streams, Marshes, and Wetlands

Federal Judge Restores Obama-Era Protections for Streams, Marshes, and Wetlands

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor   A federal judge has thrown out a Trump administration environmental rollback that scaled back federal protections for the nation’s streams, marshes, and wetlands. Despite support from farm and business groups, the federal judge ruled that the rollback could lead to “serious environmental harm.” Environmental groups are celebrating the decision, which will reinstate protections for […]

Continue Reading 391 words
Biden Administration Moves to Reverse Trump Rollbacks of Clean Water Act

Biden Administration Moves to Reverse Trump Rollbacks of Clean Water Act

One more of the Trump administration’s rollbacks will meet its demise as EPA Administrator Michael Regan and the Biden administration are planning to reinstate protections for many marshes, streams, and wetlands — expanding again the coverage of the Clean Water Act under the “Waters of the U.S.” or “WOTUS” rule. 

Why This Matters: Since the late 1700s, 221 million acres of wetlands have been drained in the U.S. for agricultural use. This development has had severe consequences, including fertilizer and pollution runoff threatening drinking water for millions of people.

Continue Reading 552 words

Want the planet in your inbox?

Subscribe to the email that top lawmakers, renowned scientists, and thousands of concerned citizens turn to each morning for the latest environmental news and analysis.