450 State and Local Officials Support Biden on #30×30 Executive Order

450 State and Local Officials Support Biden on #30×30 Executive Order

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer In an open letter, 450 elected officials from all around the U.S. support President Biden’s Executive Order action this week to protect 30% of U.S. lands and waters by 2030. The officials hope that the president will lead a swift and aggressive campaign to combat global warming and the […]

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Food Emissions are the Dark Horse of Climate Change, New Report Shows

Food Emissions are the Dark Horse of Climate Change, New Report Shows

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer In a report released Thursday, scientists say that if swift action is not taken to reduce emissions from food production, the world risks missing the targets set by the Paris Climate Agreement. According to the researchers, even if fossil fuel emissions were immediately halted, rising greenhouse gas emissions from […]

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And The Winner Is…Local Ballot Initiatives on Climate and Environment

And The Winner Is…Local Ballot Initiatives on Climate and Environment

OK so there may not have been a big blue wave at the federal level this week, but several ballot initiatives at the state and local level proved that when climate and conservation were on the ballot, they won.

Why This Matters: Regardless of what happens at the federal level, measures like these at the state and local level are the key to achieving 30% of the land and waters in the U.S. protected from development by 2030, as well as for combatting climate change.

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One Cool Thing: The Top Cities For Parks

One Cool Thing: The Top Cities For Parks

Having access to parks is a key to the quality of life no matter where you live. Today, according to the Trust for Public Land, 100 million Americans don’t have a park within a ten-minute walk from home.  They have studied the maps and other data on park access for most of the cities and […]

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A Call for 30% Protection by 2030 Is Uniting Green Groups

A Call for 30% Protection by 2030 Is Uniting Green Groups

There is a call for another “new deal” growing globally — this one a New Deal for Nature — and twelve of the largest international environmental groups are united behind it.  They launched their campaign yesterday, with a powerful message — “Securing Earth’s biological diversity is a moral obligation. It is also critical in averting catastrophic climate change and ecosystem collapse.” They believe that we need to conserve 30 percent of terrestrial and inland water areas and 30 percent of oceans (dubbed “30 by 30”) through an effectively and equitably managed, ecologically representative, well-connected systems of highly protected areas.  Scientists argue that protected areas are much more resilient to damage from climate change or other human impacts.

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