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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Experts Say Record Flooding in Australia Is a Symptom of Accelerating Climate Change

Experts Say Record Flooding in Australia Is a Symptom of Accelerating Climate Change

Thousands evacuated in Australia's worst flooding in almost half a century https://t.co/IMuH3ctNtm pic.twitter.com/InQuvXtCZB — Reuters (@Reuters) March 23, 2021 by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The Australian Government along with the state of New South Wales have signed 16 disaster declarations after heavy rains and flooding forced 18,000 residents to evacuate the region.  Some affected areas have […]

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Climate Smart Credit Ratings Would Cause Many Countries to be Downgraded by 2030

Climate Smart Credit Ratings Would Cause Many Countries to be Downgraded by 2030

A group of economists from Cambridge University using artificial intelligence to simulate the economic effects of climate change on the credit ratings of 108 countries over the coming decades, found that unless we reign in carbon emissions, 63 nations could have their credit downgraded by over a notch by 2030. 

Why This Matters:  This is why global climate action matters to all countries — even rich ones will have a hard time servicing their debts from the rising climate costs

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Bearing Witness to Climate Disasters: Lizzie Johnson

Bearing Witness to Climate Disasters: Lizzie Johnson

When Lizzie Johnson began her career as a reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle, she didn’t know that California’s devastating wildfires would become a beat. Since California law doesn’t allow authorities to keep journalists out of disaster areas, Johnson has bravely stepped into areas of extreme danger to bear witness to the human and environmental […]

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Biden Administration Highlights Climate Change In Texas Freeze Response

Biden Administration Highlights Climate Change In Texas Freeze Response

The Texas freeze and subsequent blackouts have given the Biden administration the chance to show the country how it will handle natural disasters, and they’ve already done one thing much differently than the Trump administration: acknowledged the role of climate change. And now, due to surge pricing, Texans are facing utility bills in the thousands of dollars for what little heat they got.

Why This Matters: The Biden administration wasted no time declaring an emergency and stating it would review preparation for future storms.

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How Texas’ Entire Power Grid Crumbled Under 3 Inches of Snow

How Texas’ Entire Power Grid Crumbled Under 3 Inches of Snow

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer How was one of the largest power grids in the country, in the nation’s leading power-producing state, brought to its knees this week? Below zero temperatures literally froze mechanisms of energy generation and skyrocketing power demand leading to a power supply shortage that forced 4.2 million Texans to survive the record cold without […]

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