Tokyo 2020 Competition Heats Up, Literally

Tokyo 2020 Competition Heats Up, Literally

You may recall our interview with Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn where she explained the threat that climate change poses to winter olympic sports like hers. Now that the Tokyo Summer Olympics are underway, it’s all the more evident that climate change will continue affecting summer sports in a similar fashion. In Tokyo specifically, where climate […]

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Deadly Heat Threatens America’s Farmers

Deadly Heat Threatens America’s Farmers

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer USA Today reported that for thousands of farmworkers in the West, extreme heat is a deadly threat. Repeated exposure to temperatures above 100 degrees can cause dangerous heat stress in the human body resulting in heatstroke, death, or even exacerbated disease. Many farmworkers are immigrants without access to health […]

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Extreme Heat Provokes Mass Marine Life Die-Off

Extreme Heat Provokes Mass Marine Life Die-Off

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer The one-two punch of heat and drought in the Western United States and Canada isn’t just affecting people— it’s also cooking marine wildlife across the Pacific Northwest. After two weeks, climate-fueled extreme heat has killed an estimated 1 billion marine animals and threatens freshwater life as well, according to […]

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Heat Dome Death Toll Tops 500 in Pacific Northwest

Heat Dome Death Toll Tops 500 in Pacific Northwest

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Hundreds of people have now died as a result of a heatwave that scorched the Pacific Northwest (PNW) this past week. In Oregon, 63 people have died in the last seven days, and British Columbia reported 486 deaths between last Friday and Wednesday alone. As the COVID-19 Delta variant begins making […]

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Could the US Become a “Heat Pump Nation?”

Could the US Become a “Heat Pump Nation?”

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer As a deadly heatwave gripped parts of the nation, residents went on a desperate hunt for air conditioners in states where they aren’t common like Oregon and Washington. Yet the paradox is that these units are further contributing to the crisis that is making heatwaves more common. As Rolling […]

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It’s Getting Hot in Europe, Too

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer It’s not just the U.S. experiencing dangerous climate change-fueled heatwaves this week. Eastern Europe and Siberia are also experiencing temperatures that residents and infrastructure aren’t prepared to endure. This month, Moscow temperatures hit around 95 F, highs the city hasn’t experienced since 1901. Other capitals across the region like […]

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