Lancet Says Climate Change Wreaks Havoc on Public Health

Lancet Says Climate Change Wreaks Havoc on Public Health

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer This week, the medical journal Lancet published their annual report on health in relation to climate change, subtitling it: “code red for a healthy future.” The report delves beyond the obvious effects of wildfires, hurricanes, and extreme weather events — looking at food security; livelihoods; human physical and mental […]

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Flooding Devastates Tennessee and Northeast U.S.

Flooding Devastates Tennessee and Northeast U.S.

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer In Tennessee, 22 people have been killed and dozens more have been declared missing after flash floods inundated the state. In the wake of this tragedy, emergency workers are searching door-to-door for missing persons. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Henri has induced heavy rain and flooding on much of the Northeast. […]

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Detroit Hit With Torrential Rain, Massive Flooding

Detroit Hit With Torrential Rain, Massive Flooding

Detroit Flood 2021- what a mess and more rain is on the way ! @Local4News #flood #Detroit pic.twitter.com/jQtDk2doBD — Karen Drew (@KarenDrewTV) June 26, 2021 by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Over the weekend, seven inches of rain fell onto Detroit and Wayne County, Michigan, bringing devastating flooding that fully submerged cars on freeways and […]

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2021 Hurricane Season is Here, NOAA Predicts It Will Be “Above Normal”

2021 Hurricane Season is Here, NOAA Predicts It Will Be “Above Normal”

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer This year’s Atlantic hurricane season, which begins June 1 and lasts until Nov. 30, is about to bring a higher-than-average storm formation, just like last year, according to the NOAA. The agency predicted “above normal” hurricane activity, with a 70% probability of 13 to 20 named storms. Six to […]

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Oh No! Climate Change Threatens Global Tea Production

Oh No! Climate Change Threatens Global Tea Production

According to a new report from Christian Aid, Kenya, which produces half of all black tea consumed by the UK, may lose a quarter of its growing capacity by 2050, and the tea that makes it into drinkers’ cups may taste a lot different than before.  The decline of tea farming has implications for economies worldwide, including Kenya, India, China, and Sri Lanka.

Why This Matters: Tea is the most popular drink other than water globally and the tea industry employs more than 3 million people in Africa alone.

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Lawmakers Introduce SAFE Act to Protect Natural Resources From Climate Disasters

Lawmakers Introduce SAFE Act to Protect Natural Resources From Climate Disasters

On Wednesday, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA-08) and U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced the Safeguarding America’s Future and Environment (SAFE) Act to protect natural resources and wildlife from climate change.

Why This Matters: As temperatures rise and extreme weather becomes more common, the nation’s natural resources are increasingly at risk. 

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