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In Puerto Rico, Battling Coronavirus and Climate Change

There are five confirmed cases of coronavirus in Puerto Rico so far, but the residents of the island are taking big steps to try to prevent the further spread of the disease, such as a strictly-enforced curfew from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. and the closure of ‘non-essential’ businesses like shopping malls or recreation centers.

Why This Matters: Puerto Rico is now home to 3.5 million Americans and it is “one of the world’s most storm-vulnerable regions,” according to the Associated Press.

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Biden Cleans Up In Arizona, Florida & Illinois: Did He Continue To Win “Climate Voters”?

Biden Cleans Up In Arizona, Florida & Illinois: Did He Continue To Win “Climate Voters”?

Former Vice President Biden continued to rack up primary victories on Tuesday, winning big in both Florida (where Biden won every county) and Illinois, while Sanders lost ground versus his vote totals in both states compared to 2016. Biden also won Arizona.  Young voters are not turning out in the numbers Sanders’ campaign expected — […]

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Interview of the Week: Juliette Kayyem on What To Expect Now With Coronavirus

Interview of the Week: Juliette Kayyem on What To Expect Now With Coronavirus

Juliette Kayyem is a Friend of the Planet and a former Assistant Secretary at the Department of Homeland Security. She is also an analyst for CNN and chair of Homeland Security Department of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and she is the author of the book “Security Mom.”  We caught up with her for […]

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Emissions from Oil and Gas Operations Emit Much More Methane Than Previously Thought

Emissions from Oil and Gas Operations Emit Much More Methane Than Previously Thought

CNN and The Guardian reported late last week on a new study published in the journal Nature that concludes that methane emissions from fossil fuels are between 25% and 40% larger than past research had estimated, which means that oil and gas production is contributing roughly half of all greenhouse gas emissions — “far more” to climate change than previously estimated.

Why This Matters:  Methane is about 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide when looked at over a 20-year period.

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Southeast As A Region Lags In Coming To Grips With Climate Change

Southeast As A Region Lags In Coming To Grips With Climate Change

Inside Climate News published over the weekend, in collaboration with 9 newspapers across 7 Southeastern states a series of stories called “Caught Off Guard” describing how and why the region lags behind others in renewable electricity and faces some of the biggest global warming threats in the nation.  

Why This Matters:  The Southeast is particularly vulnerable on its coast due to increasingly severe storms and flooding, but the region’s problems extend far inland too.

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Interview of the Week: Ari Rubenstein, Fridays for the Future and Mother Earth Project

Interview of the Week: Ari Rubenstein, Fridays for the Future and Mother Earth Project

Ari Rubenstein is a high school junior who one of the leaders of the DC area “Fridays for the Future” student protest group and a Co-Founder of the Mother Earth Project, which encourages communities worldwide to decorate parachutes with artwork and concerned comments about the environment, march with them, and take them to their local politicians […]

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New Mobilization For Climate Action: World War Zero

New Mobilization For Climate Action: World War Zero

Yesterday, with an all-out media blitzkrieg, former Secretary of State John Kerry and former California Governor and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger and a group of high profile leaders from business, entertainment, the military and politics launched a campaign called “World War Zero” to mobilize Americans and people around the world to tackle climate change.

Why This Matters:  This is the most powerful group of leaders to mobilize yet — and leadership on this issue right now is in short supply.

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One Snarled Thing: Traffic In DC and NYC

One Snarled Thing: Traffic In DC and NYC

                                  It seems that climate change snarled traffic in both cities yesterday morning.  The Extinction Rebellion, a global climate protest group that similarly shut down London last spring and they are planning to do the same again in October, […]

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UN Holds Summit for Young Climate Leaders

Why This Matters:  The student activists have clearly gotten the attention of the adults in the room.  But have they helped us to reach beyond those who were already listening?  Will these protests lead to tangible political action?  These are important questions and the success of the entire movement lies in building political support among current skeptics, and in pressuring politicians to take action.  And if anyone can get to those adults who have not been paying attention or who still don’t believe the scientific evidence of a warming planet, it is their own children.

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Castro’s Climate Plan Puts “People and Planet” First

Castro’s Climate Plan Puts “People and Planet” First

It is a bold and innovative plan, with an emphasis on environmental justice.  He promises: “In my first 100 days, I will propose new civil rights legislation to address the disparate impact of environmental discrimination and dismantle structures of environmental racism.

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Preview of #ClimateForum2020 – ODP’s Exclusive Interview with Tom Steyer

Next week, Tom Steyer will be with MSNBC, New York Magazine and Our Daily Planet, at Georgetown University for #ClimateForum2020 – a chance for students to question Democratic Presidential candidates about their ideas and plans to tackle the climate crisis.  We were fortunate to get an exclusive preview of what he will say. ODP:  Are […]

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Best of ODP:  Exclusive Interview with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

Best of ODP: Exclusive Interview with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

This was one of our most inspiring interviews of 2019.  The Senate Democrats led by Senator Schumer are driving a climate change agenda that goes beyond clean energy.  And we are pleased to say the Special Committee on the Climate Crisis has already been very active.  We look forward to more from them. Senate Minority […]

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