CHOW Day 2 Closes with Discussions of Global Policy Inclusivity

CHOW Day 2 Closes with Discussions of Global Policy Inclusivity

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Today marks the last day of Capitol Hill Ocean Week. Don’t miss today’s talks on justice and equity as well as the CHOW Closing Plenary. Yesterday, experts got busy discussing international policy, inclusivity, and uplifting communities. Global ocean policy will play a significant role in halting catastrophic temperature rise, but we must […]

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As Biden Suspends ANWR Leases, Advocates Push for Arctic Shipping Noise Restrictions

As Biden Suspends ANWR Leases, Advocates Push for Arctic Shipping Noise Restrictions

As the Biden administration moves to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil and gas drilling, advocates are also urging officials to tighten restrictions on Arctic shipping because the number of ships and distance traveled in the Arctic has grown dramatically. A new report by the Arctic Council found that underwater noise pollution from shipping in parts of the Arctic ocean doubled in just six years.

Why This Matters: The Arctic is warming at rates two to three times faster than the rest of the world, creating ripple effects like changing ocean temperatures, storm patterns, and increased coastal permafrost erosion.

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In Sweden, Ancient Forests Replaced by Monoculture 

In Sweden, Ancient Forests Replaced by Monoculture 

Tree planting seems like a straightforward, positive climate solution: plant trees to soak up carbon, green urban spaces, reduce heat. However, in Sweden, nearly a fifth of the country’s ancient growth forests have been cut down since 2000 as part of the country’s timber products sector. 

Why This Matters: The Swedish forestry model causes many of the same harms as deforestation even with no tree replacement.

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Interior Gives Portion of Missouri River Back to MHA Nation

Interior Gives Portion of Missouri River Back to MHA Nation

Our river and our waters are our home. The Missouri River will continue to be home for our future generations.#OurRiverOurHome pic.twitter.com/gbMlQVPEdC — MHA Nation (@MHANation1825) January 14, 2021 by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer The Interior Department has returned jurisdiction over a portion of the Missouri River to the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara (MHA) Nation, […]

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Trump Rushes to Hand Over Sacred Indigenous Land to Mining Companies

Trump Rushes to Hand Over Sacred Indigenous Land to Mining Companies

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer The Trump administration is continuing its hail-Mary attempt to develop public lands, even as the GSA announces it will begin the transition of power to the Biden administration. Trump has embarked on a rushed effort to transfer ownership of south-eastern Arizona’s Oak Flat, considered holy by the Apache people, […]

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Trump’s Losing Record On Coal

Trump’s Losing Record On Coal

Trump promised to end the so-called “war on coal,” but now, three years and millions of dollars later, it is clearly a failure, Eric Lipton reports for The New York Times. The Trump administration sank an exorbitant amount of effort and funds to save coal mines and power plants, even intervening directly with some, but coal’s decline has continued to accelerate.

Why This Matters: As the 2020 election nears, Trump faces speculation that all the money and effort he put into coal, wasn’t invested in good faith.

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