Data Show Americans Moving to Areas Most Vulnerable to Climate Change

Data Show Americans Moving to Areas Most Vulnerable to Climate Change

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer   Predictions have painted a picture of which places in America will be most affected by climate change and which will be spared from its worst effects. But the Census Bureau’s new map of population flows from the last decade shows Americans flocking to the southwest and the coasts—areas that are particularly […]

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Government Declares Unprecedented Colorado River Water Shortage

Government Declares Unprecedented Colorado River Water Shortage

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer   For the first time in history, the federal government has declared a water shortage on the Colorado River after drought pushed the Lake Mead reservoir to all-time lows. The declaration triggers mandatory water consumption cuts for several Southwestern states. The reservoir and the Colorado river supply drinking water to over 40 […]

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The Mediterranean, A Wildfire Hotspot

The Mediterranean, A Wildfire Hotspot

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Fueled by drought and scorching temperatures, the Mediterranean area is now regarded as a “wildfire hotspot,” according to European Union scientists. Turkey is experiencing its most intense fires on record, where 11 fires in six provinces still are burning out of control. Yesterday, one fire spread into a coal-fired […]

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Western Reservoirs Running Dry

Western Reservoirs Running Dry

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer The West is currently in the middle of a severe drought, and Lake Powell, the region’s second-largest reservoir, is at its lowest level in decades. The lake, located on the Colorado River, is effectively a human-made storage basin that keeps the regional water supply in balance under the 100-year-old […]

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Drought Seriously Threatens Hydro-Electric Power in California

Drought Seriously Threatens Hydro-Electric Power in California

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Ongoing heatwaves and mega-drought across the Western U.S. threatened residents with rolling blackouts and even buckling roads. Now, rapidly rising temperatures are taking their toll on renewable energy infrastructure as well. After suffering some of the lowest rainfall rates in 126 years, Northern California’s Edward Hyatt hydroelectric power plant is predicted to shut down for […]

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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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