Study Finds Disparities In Escaping Extreme Heat

Study Finds Disparities In Escaping Extreme Heat

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer As the earth’s temperature skyrockets, so will the demand to beat the heat with air conditioning. While access to cooler air is yet another example of climate inequity, a new study published in Nature found that people in lower-income countries may also have to pay much more than those […]

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Data Show Americans Moving to Areas Most Vulnerable to Climate Change

Data Show Americans Moving to Areas Most Vulnerable to Climate Change

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer   Predictions have painted a picture of which places in America will be most affected by climate change and which will be spared from its worst effects. But the Census Bureau’s new map of population flows from the last decade shows Americans flocking to the southwest and the coasts—areas that are particularly […]

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Government Declares Unprecedented Colorado River Water Shortage

Government Declares Unprecedented Colorado River Water Shortage

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer   For the first time in history, the federal government has declared a water shortage on the Colorado River after drought pushed the Lake Mead reservoir to all-time lows. The declaration triggers mandatory water consumption cuts for several Southwestern states. The reservoir and the Colorado river supply drinking water to over 40 […]

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July 2021 Was the Hottest Month Ever Recorded

July 2021 Was the Hottest Month Ever Recorded

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer July 2021 was the hottest month in 142 years of record-keeping, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The month was 1.67 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the 20th-century average, and what’s more: the last seven July’s have been the seven hottest July’s on record. “In this case, first place is the worst place […]

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Another Heatwave Hits the Pacific Northwest

Another Heatwave Hits the Pacific Northwest

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer The Pacific Northwest is experiencing a second scorching heatwave this summer, with temperatures climbing well above 90 degrees in a region where many residents still don’t have air conditioning. Portland, where temperatures hit 98, is also approaching 50 rainless days. This coupling of high temperatures and worsening drought conditions […]

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Wildfires Sweep Western U.S. as Unprecedented Heat Waves Continue

Wildfires Sweep Western U.S. as Unprecedented Heat Waves Continue

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Wildfires are raging across the Western United States as the summer’s third major heatwave begins sweeping the region. Many of these fires have been burning since early June and are now snowballing, some even doubling in size in a matter of days. Officials say that firefighting teams are competing for resources, and although […]

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