Cherry Blossoms Bloom Early Across The World

Cherry Blossoms Bloom Early Across The World

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Both Kyoto, Japan, and Washington D.C. are known for their cherry blossom seasons in the first few weeks of warming spring weather. This year, cherry blossom season came early in both of these cities. In Kyoto, the blooms peaked last Friday, the earliest in more than 1,200 years of […]

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Telecommuting Isn’t Always Green

Telecommuting Isn’t Always Green

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer After a year of pandemic working conditions, companies that sent teams home last March are planning a return to the office, in some form. When considering the environmental impact of remote work vs office work, the calculation isn’t straightforward. It depends on a number of factors, including if commuters […]

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Climate Change A Major Factor for Central American Migrants Fleeing to US click button

Climate Change A Major Factor for Central American Migrants Fleeing to US

The mainstream media often cites Hurricanes Eta (a devastating Category 4 hurricane that caused heavy damage in early November 2020) and Iota (it underwent explosive intensification and became a rare Category 5 hurricane in mid-November) as a major factor driving the migration to the U.S. Southwestern border. 

Why This Matters:  Hurricanes like Eta and Iota will only become more commonplace as the globe continues to warm.  But the migration driving climate stressors go beyond severe coastal storms to drought, desertification, sea-level rise and heavy flooding.

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NATO Shifts Strategy to Address Climate Change — It’s a “Crisis Multiplier”

NATO Shifts Strategy to Address Climate Change — It’s a “Crisis Multiplier”

Military leaders around the globe increasingly find one of the most challenging “forces” when it comes to upsetting global peace and prosperity is not a military one — it’s climate change.  The Secretary-General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, led the Alliance’s defense ministers earlier this week to make climate change a major focus of strategy and […]

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Millions of Jellyfish Die from “The Blob”

Millions of Jellyfish Die from “The Blob”

Julia Parrish, a University of Washington professor, using 20 years of data from citizens who reported on coastal conditions all along the West Coast, found that mass die-offs of sailor jellyfish correlated with “the blob,” a patch of unusually hot ocean waters in the Pacific, according to a new study. 

Why this Matters: The Blob became prevalent in 2013 when surface waters off the Pacific coast began getting especially warm. 

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“Frack Pack” Bills Reintroduced by Congress — Time to Close Loopholes?

“Frack Pack” Bills Reintroduced by Congress — Time to Close Loopholes?

Today, four House Democrats — Matt Cartwright (PA) Yvette Clarke (NY), Diana DeGette (CO), and Jan Schakowsky (IL) — reintroduced a package of five bills that would hold oil and gas companies accountable to meet national water and air protection standards, plugging loopholes and undoing many of the anti-environment policies of the Trump administration. 

Why This Matters: President Donald Trump rolled back 28 air quality and emissions regulations and 8 water pollution regulations — these bills would reverse those rollbacks and close loopholes in current law.

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