Americans In Both Parties Believe Climate Change Should Be High Priority for Biden Team

Americans In Both Parties Believe Climate Change Should Be High Priority for Biden Team

The incoming Biden administration campaigned on promises of taking on climate change, and it turns out this position is popular with Americans from both parties. A new poll conducted in December by the Yale Climate Communications Program found that 53% of registered voters think global warming should be a high or very high priority for both the president and members of Congress. 

Why this Matters: The survey shows strong support for climate action, from requiring fossil fuel companies to pay for their pollution to providing tax rebates for solar panels.

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Climate Change Impacts Childhood Malnutrition As Much as Poverty

Climate Change Impacts Childhood Malnutrition As Much as Poverty

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new study published last week found that rising global temperatures impact childhood malnutrition at similar rates to poverty, insufficient sanitation, and poor education. The 19-country study, which observed 107,000 children aged 5 and under, reviewed the impact of rainfall and temperature on children’s diet diversity. The findings shocked […]

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Conspiracy Theorists Spun a Web of Disinformation, from Election Fraud to Climate Change

Conspiracy Theorists Spun a Web of Disinformation, from Election Fraud to Climate Change

The January 6th insurrection at the Capitol was the culmination of years of disinformation, conspiracy theories, and false narratives pushed by the GOP, the Trump administration, white supremacists, and the far-right — but these tactics are not a surprise to those who work in the climate movement. Indeed, experts like John Schwartz, a science writer for The New York Times, the lies and rhetoric that fueled the riots felt all too familiar. 

Why This Matters:  The fossil fuel industry employed the big tobacco disinformation playbook, a strategy that only became more effective with the onset of the internet age.

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States Are Beginning to Enact Environmental Justice Laws

States Are Beginning to Enact Environmental Justice Laws

With the Trump administration rolling back environmental protections and exacerbating environmental inequalities, the burden had landed on states to take up measures to protect minority and poor communities.

Why This Matters:  Environmental Justice (EJ) was still not well known in 2019 when Senators Cory Booker, Tammy Duckworth, and Tom Carper created the first EJ Caucus in the Senate in 2019. And as with climate, state governments are leading the way.

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Turkey Is Praying for Rain

Turkey Is Praying for Rain

Turkey is experiencing its most severe drought in a decade after critically low rainfall over the past six months. Istanbul has less than 45 days of water remaining. Ankara, the country’s capital has 110. Other cities also face limited water and depleted dams, and farmers are concerned about crop failure.

Why this Matters: Things are so bad, the imams are telling their worshipers to pray for rain.

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Flood Costs Rising

Flood Costs Rising

The costs of inaction on climate change keep rising  — an additional $2.5 billion a year in just U.S. flood damage. A study published this week found that from 1988-2017, increased rainfall led to a total of $75 billion in damage

Why this Matters: Flooding is one of the most common and expensive natural disasters and will only go up in the years ahead.

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