Just 20 Companies Produce More than Half the World’s Single-Use Plastic

Just 20 Companies Produce More than Half the World’s Single-Use Plastic

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new study published Tuesday found that just 20 companies are responsible for more than half of all single-use plastic pollution. The Plastic Waste Makers Index names some of the world’s largest plastics manufacturers and notes that many are backed by a small pool of financiers. The study — and its detailed […]

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Nearly 30% of Global Emissions Come From China

Nearly 30% of Global Emissions Come From China

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer China’s greenhouse gas emissions have soared higher than all developed nations combined, according to a new report by Rhodium Group.  In 2019, China was responsible for more than 27% of total global emissions.  According to Rhodium’s analysis, China’s emissions have more than tripled over the past 30 years, in […]

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Climate Protesters Held Marches All Over France on Sunday

Climate Protesters Held Marches All Over France on Sunday

It’s spring in Paris, they are still struggling with COVID, and yet thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in Paris and numerous other French cities to protest climate change.  The French legislature is considering a law to impose tougher measures to combat climate change, but many believe the proposals are not sufficient and so they staged marches in Nancy, Toulouse, Rennes, Lyon, Grenoble, as seen in social media posts.

Why This Matters:  Because of the Paris Agreement, France is associated with climate change progress.

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Biden Administration Aims For 80% Clean Electricity by 2030

Biden Administration Aims For 80% Clean Electricity by 2030

The Biden administration is aiming to set a national clean energy mandate that the nation obtains 80% of its power from clean, emissions-free sources by 2030. This 2030 aim will be a major step for the United States towards reaching net zero emissions by 2035, Biden’s overall climate goal. 

Why this Matters:  This mandate would lower emissions by requiring a transition to renewables like wind, solar, and nuclear energy.

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Study Finds that Nations Under-Measured Global Emissions by 5.5 Billion Tons

Study Finds that Nations Under-Measured Global Emissions by 5.5 Billion Tons

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer On the heels of President Biden’s Earth Day climate summit, scientists have identified a 5.5-billion-ton discrepancy in global carbon emissions counts. This gap is roughly as large as the annual emissions of the United States and threatens to disrupt carbon emissions reductions goals worldwide. But how did the world’s nations undercount emissions by so […]

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EDF Action Poll Finds Bipartisan Public Support for Cleaning Up Methane

EDF Action Poll Finds Bipartisan Public Support for Cleaning Up Methane

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Last week, the Environmental Defense Fund’s advocacy partner, EDF Action, released a new national poll in conjunction with Morning Consult that shows broad public support for government action to reduce methane emissions. Americans across the political spectrum agree that finding and cleaning up leaking methane wells, holding companies accountable, and increasing transparency will benefit […]

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