Madagascar Faces World’s First 100% Climate Caused Famine

Madagascar Faces World’s First 100% Climate Caused Famine

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Madagascar is facing the world’s first famine caused entirely by climate change.  1.14 million people on the island nation are now considered food-insecure, and locals are scraping by on last-resort food sources like raw cactus and locusts. What’s worse: there is no end in sight. “The next planting season is less than two […]

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U.S. and Germany Announce Partnership to Raise Global Climate Ambition

U.S. and Germany Announce Partnership to Raise Global Climate Ambition

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer In the wake of extreme, deadly flooding in Germany and unprecedented heat and wildfires in the U.S., the two nations launched a new climate partnership last Thursday. Both countries are among the world’s largest per capita carbon emitters. The White House said that the agreement would raise global climate ambition, develop and deploy new energy […]

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Interview of the Week: Dr. Joellen Russell click button

Interview of the Week: Dr. Joellen Russell

This summer has been dry and extremely hot. Temperature records have been shattered and it’s left many of us wondering how much of this we can attribute to climate change. It’s why we asked the distinguished Dr. Joellen Russell, a climate scientist and oceanographer at the University of Arizona to walk us through how climate […]

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Wildfires Leave Local Communities Balancing Safety with Business

Wildfires Leave Local Communities Balancing Safety with Business

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Unprecedented wildfires should cause alarm everywhere, but the fires are burning up more than trees for some communities. They’re burning up a way of life. Each year, National Forests are closing earlier and earlier in the season, leaving communities that rely on tourism and the draw of nature high and dry. […]

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Latest Climate Science Could be Key to Winning Climate Lawsuits

Latest Climate Science Could be Key to Winning Climate Lawsuits

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer In recent years, cities and states have been increasingly bringing lawsuits against oil companies claiming damage to local lands, public health, and economic wellbeing. Most have been brushed aside due to a lack of evidence that oil companies were directly responsible for the harms done to these communities. But, in the wake of […]

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EU Makes Its Climate Goals Binding

EU Makes Its Climate Goals Binding

This week, the European Union approved a law that would make the bloc’s greenhouse gas emissions targets legally binding. The standard sets reduction targets at 55% by 2030, from 1990 levels, with the goal of the EU becoming an emission-free economy by 2050. The targets apply to overall EU emissions, rather than a binding requirement […]

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