Heroes of the Week: 2020 Brower Youth Award Winners

Heroes of the Week: 2020 Brower Youth Award Winners

The New Leaders Initiative of Earth Island Institute recently announced the recipients of this year’s Brower Youth Awards–the premier environmental youth award in the county. This year’s winners span the North American continent, from Mexico to Canada and throughout the United States, demonstrating the importance of working on environmental issues across borders and unifying our […]

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A Florida Beach Reopened – People Left It Trashed

A Florida Beach Reopened – People Left It Trashed

The people who flocked to Cocoa Beach in Florida last weekend left behind 13,000 pounds of litter, prompting the police to threaten a crackdown.  Local officials believe that as social distancing and stay in place orders are loosened in parts of the state, there has been an influx of day-trippers who show up and leave […]

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New Studies Point to More Extreme Heat and Storms in the U.S.

New Studies Point to More Extreme Heat and Storms in the U.S.

A study by The Earth Institute at Columbia University published last Friday in the Journal Science Advances found that the combined effect of extreme heat and humidity (known as the “wet bulb index”) is already exceeding in some locations for short durations of time the level that scientists thought would be the threshold of human survivability.

Why This Matters:  High heat and humidity combined is happening more frequently around the globe and has already resulted in massive death tolls due to climate change.

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National Parks To Re-Open in Stages Starting This Week Despite Concerns

National Parks To Re-Open in Stages Starting This Week Despite Concerns

The National Park Service announced late last week that they would allow some parks to increase access and services in phases on a case by case basis (similar to their closure).  They said they would be “following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local public health authorities,” […]

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The USPS Is in a Crisis, But Switching to EVs Could Help Them

The USPS Is in a Crisis, But Switching to EVs Could Help Them

Over the last few weeks, the United States Postal Service (USPS) has been in the news — berated by President Trump for losing money and struggling financially due to a drop in the volume of mail because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why This Matters:   There is no more basic government service than mail delivery.  And it is affordable and available to every American.

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