Historical Hero of the Week: Colonel Charles Young

Historical Hero of the Week: Colonel Charles Young

Black and minority Americans are woefully underrepresented in the conservation and outdoor recreation worlds. Some of our most important environmentalists were people of color and this week we wanted to highlight the conservation contributions of Col. Charles Young.  Born into slavery in Kentucky, Young became the third black American to graduate from West Point and […]

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Greenhouse Gasses Declining Globally, But In U.S., Air Pollution Not Down As Much

Greenhouse Gasses Declining Globally, But In U.S., Air Pollution Not Down As Much

A study published yesterday in the journal Nature Climate Change found that greenhouse gas emissions are down by 17% globally compared to 2019 levels thanks to strict coronavirus lockdowns, which could result in as much as a 7% decline in emissions for the year. 

Why This Matters:  We need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 4-7% each year globally for the foreseeable future to keep global temperature increases in check.

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Ocean Conservation Heroes: The Community of Niue

Ocean Conservation Heroes: The Community of Niue

Even in the midst of a global pandemic, big conservation wins are possible. Niue is a small island nation in the Pacific but it just made a huge contribution to global ocean health by finalizing this week the creation of an enormous marine protected area comprising 40% of the country’s vast ocean territory.  The new protected […]

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

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

ODP: COVID-19 has caused so much suffering here and around the globe.  What is the leading cause of diseases that spread from wildlife to humans? MS: COVID-19 is a zoonotic disease. Like HIV, MERS, SARS, Hanta, and Ebola, it jumped from wildlife to people, likely through contact with an animal outside of its natural habitat. […]

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One Fun Thing: Birding on the Rise

One Fun Thing: Birding on the Rise

COVID-19 has made us stop and notice the natural world we live in — and its been for the birds – literally!  The National Audubon Society has seen downloads of its bird identification app in March and April doubled over numbers since the same time period last year, and visits to its website are also […]

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Tesla Has Q1 Profit, Ford and Rivian Scrap Plans to Build EVs

Tesla Has Q1 Profit, Ford and Rivian Scrap Plans to Build EVs

CNBC reported yesterday that despite factory closures in China and the U.S., Tesla managed to eke out $16M in profit in the first quarter of the year, but it remains unclear how quickly its U.S. car plant and suppliers can ramp up production once it re-opens from Covid-19 restrictions

Why This Matters: The COVID pandemic is a setback for many industries — but particularly ones working to get off the ground like electric vehicle manufacturing.

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