House Passes Historic Conservation Bill to Protect 3M Acres

House Passes Historic Conservation Bill to Protect 3M Acres

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Nearly 3 million acres of federal land could gain new protections after the House of Representatives passed a major conservation bill last Friday. The bill, called the Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act, rolls together eight bills previously introduced. If passed in the Senate, it would: Designate 1.5 […]

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The Conservation Presidents You Don’t Know

The Conservation Presidents You Don’t Know

Presidents Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt are well known for their contributions to land conservation in the U.S.  But the Department of Interior’s list of the top Presidents who shaped America’s public lands also contains a few surprises.   Abraham Lincoln saved the union but he also set aside some of the most iconic lands we own […]

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The Worst Conservation President In History By The Numbers

The Worst Conservation President In History By The Numbers

It will surprise no one that a group of scientists and conservationists have concluded that former President Donald Trump was the worst President in our nation’s history when it comes to conservation.  They recently concluded that he had caused “profound” damage to the environment in a report in which they ranked Trump’s top “100 environmental […]

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Exclusive Interview of the Week: Dr. M. Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation International click button

Exclusive Interview of the Week: Dr. M. Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation International

This week we had a great conversation with Sanjayan, a world-renowned scientist and one of the few leaders of a major environmental organization who comes from the global south. On environmental justice: “Conservation has a long way to go … the folks who are on the front lines in some of the biggest challenges that […]

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New Report Provides Roadmap for Fully Protected Oceans 

New Report Provides Roadmap for Fully Protected Oceans 

Each year, the ocean removes almost a third of all global CO2 emissions. But as the ocean warms, it’s becoming less effective as a carbon sink and could release billions of tons of carbon back into the atmosphere.  A new report from Environment America Research & Policy Center provides some guidance on effective ocean protections and highlights six successfully protected ocean sites to serve as role models.

Why This Matters:  Recently, with the support of 450 elected officials, President Biden signed an executive order to protect 30% of all U.S. land and waters by 2030.

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A Climate New Year’s Resolution for 2021: Greening Construction and Building Operations

A Climate New Year’s Resolution for 2021: Greening Construction and Building Operations

A U.N. report suggests that a major impediment to carbon reductions and meeting the Paris Climate targets is the construction and building industry. Carbon dioxide emissions from building construction hit an all-time high in 2019, and the annual rate of decarbonizing buildings has been slowing.

Why this Matters: Building maintenance and construction create nearly 40% of global energy-related CO2 emissions, according to GlobalABC.

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