Drought Threatens Trout Fishing in U.S. Northwest

Drought Threatens Trout Fishing in U.S. Northwest

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Rivers and lakes across Northwestern states — from Yellowstone to Montana — have lost most of their trout, due to extreme drought conditions. Because of this, state authorities have implemented a variety of restrictions to preserve their dwindling trout populations, leaving recreational fly fishers in the lurch.  Why This […]

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Wildfire Smoke “Airpocalypse” in Siberia Grounds Flights, Threatens Human Health

Wildfire Smoke “Airpocalypse” in Siberia Grounds Flights, Threatens Human Health

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Devastating wildfires in the world’s coldest region have led scientists to declare an “airpocalypse.” Siberia is being plagued by toxic fumes and wildfire smoke so thick that flights were suspended last week due to low visibility. 3.7 million acres of Northeastern Siberia have been destroyed, and with no end in sight, experts are […]

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California Power Company Plans to Bury 10,000 Miles of Power Lines

California Power Company Plans to Bury 10,000 Miles of Power Lines

After years of devastating fire seasons, California utility Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) announced that it aims to move about 10,000 miles of power lines underground to avoid accidental sparks. Why This Matters: Wildfires have continued to become increasingly catastrophic as a result of climate change. Last year’s wildfire season broke records—  NIFC reported that […]

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Is “Relatively Clean” Spaceflight, Clean Enough?

Is “Relatively Clean” Spaceflight, Clean Enough?

In the span of two weeks, two of the world’s richest men blasted off to suborbital space with the intended goal of promoting commercial spaceflight. This past week, Amazon founder and billionaire Jeff Bezos took his trip on Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket. This prompted questions about the environmental impact of private space travel.  The […]

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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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