Nevada Wants to Trade Conservation Land for Development

Nevada Wants to Trade Conservation Land for Development

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Nevada’s Congressional delegation wants Las Vegas to be able to expand beyond its boundaries, currently constrained by federally managed land. Their proposal: to give up 48 square miles of currently protected land for development in exchange for an area the size of Rhode Island and Delaware combined additional protections. Proponents […]

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One Climate Thing: Get It Together G7

One Climate Thing: Get It Together G7

There were certainly some positive climate commitments that came from the gathering of G7 leaders last week. Yet many experts and activists feel as if the richest nations in the world have room to be more ambitious and must lead the world in decarbonization. British environmentalist Sir David Attenborough had nothing but straight talk for […]

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Heat Wave Sweeps Western U.S. Sparking Fires, Breaking Records

Heat Wave Sweeps Western U.S. Sparking Fires, Breaking Records

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A widespread June heatwave is wreaking havoc in the west, threatening blackouts and the outbreak of wildfires. Regions accustomed to heat are expected to break record temperatures, while Colorado has issued its first-ever excessive heat warning. As a result, millions of people are now under heat advisories in California, Arizona, […]

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The Mediterranean Is Turning Tropical, That’s a Problem

The Mediterranean Is Turning Tropical, That’s a Problem

The Mediterranean Sea, one of the world’s most important bodies of water, is rapidly changing as a result of climate change. A recent report from the World Wildlife Fund warns that with temperatures going up 20% faster than the global average, and sea level rises expected to exceed one meter by 2100, the Mediterranean is […]

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G7 Countries Promise to Stop Financing Coal — Don’t Set Date to Stop Burning It

G7 Countries Promise to Stop Financing Coal — Don’t Set Date to Stop Burning It

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer World leaders from the Group of 7 countries wrapped up their first post-pandemic in-person summit on Sunday, and the climate crisis was one of the primary agenda items. The heads of state from the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Canada, Italy, and Japan (as well as the European Union) Agreed […]

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“Megadrought” Takes Lake Mead to an All-Time Low

“Megadrought” Takes Lake Mead to an All-Time Low

The nation’s largest reservoir, Lake Mead, created by the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, has reached record lows (at only 36% full) in the face of a severe drought sweeping the western U.S. The reservoir supplies drinking water for 25 million people in Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas, and more.

Why This Matters: Drought is becoming a permanent fixture across the west, and dry conditions are moving further east each year. 

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