Hurricane Ida Batters Southeast Louisiana on 16th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Ida Batters Southeast Louisiana on 16th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Yesterday, on the 16th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 4 storm. Packing winds of up to 150 mph, Ida touched down early Sunday afternoon, bringing with it shelter in place orders, flash flood warnings, and leaving 750,000 people (and counting) without power. […]

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Study Finds Flood-Prone Population Has Increased 20% Since 2000

Study Finds Flood-Prone Population Has Increased 20% Since 2000

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new study has found that more people are at risk of catastrophic flooding than previously thought. This summer, overwhelming and deadly flooding impacted millions across the globe. Nigeria’s largest city of Lagos, saw flooding that submerged cars and houses. In Germany, severe flooding killed 173.  And China’s recent floods killed 302 and […]

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Flooding in Central China Kills 33, Damages Cultural Heritage Sites

Flooding in Central China Kills 33, Damages Cultural Heritage Sites

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer After over a week of sudden natural disasters across the globe, at least 33 people have now died in catastrophic floods in central China. The Henan province is currently facing millions of dollars of damage, and 200,000 evacuees are looking for an end to the nightmare. As the army mobilizes to prevent further flooding, […]

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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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Advocates Urge Texas Land Commissioner to Reroute Hurricane Harvey Relief

Advocates Urge Texas Land Commissioner to Reroute Hurricane Harvey Relief

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer More than three years after Hurricane Harvey, officials are still clashing over how to disperse aid. In the first $1 billion round of support, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush made some questionable calculations, leaving the hardest-hit communities in its most populous city without a penny in federal aid according to the […]

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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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