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Best of ODP: Interview with Kathy Sullivan, First Woman to Walk in Space

Best of ODP: Interview with Kathy Sullivan, First Woman to Walk in Space

This interview first appeared earlier this year, in honor of Women’s History Month.  I (Monica) had the pleasure of working with Kathy at NOAA during the Obama Administration.  With the 50th Anniversary of the NASA moon landing and spacewalk that we celebrated just a few weeks ago, this interview came to mind as a highlight […]

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Hurricane Forecast Update: More Hurricanes Likely

Hurricane Forecast Update: More Hurricanes Likely

The Associated Press reported that as the “peak” of hurricane season begins they are now expecting 10 to 17 named storms, with five to nine hurricanes and two to four major ones, up from their May forecast of one or two fewer named storms and hurricanes.

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New Source Of Methane Leaks Identified—Eastern Cities

New Source Of Methane Leaks Identified—Eastern Cities

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) flew reconnaissance flights over major metropolitan areas on the East Coast – Boston, Providence, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. and found that those cities were emitting nearly 950,000 metric tons of methane gas into the atmosphere, which was more than twice what EPA had estimated.

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Taylor Energy’s 15-Year Oil Spill — No End Or Action in Sight

Taylor Energy’s 15-Year Oil Spill — No End Or Action in Sight

As we have reported previously, in 2004, an oil production platform owned by Taylor Energy Company sank in a mudslide triggered by  Hurricane Ivan. This sparked an oil spill that has been quietly leaking millions of barrels into the Gulf of Mexico for the past 15 years. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s recent flow rate calculations revealed that between 378 to 4,536 gallons of oil has been spilling into the Gulf per day, as opposed to the estimated 3 to 5 gallons per day claimed by Taylor Energy.

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Space X Falcon Heavy Successfully Launches With Huge Payload

Space X Falcon Heavy Successfully Launches With Huge Payload

by Alexandra Patel and Monica Medina Overnight on Tuesday, Elon Musk’s company SpaceX launched its Falcon Heavy Rocket blasted off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida with loud sonic booms and managed to successfully land two of its launch vehicles on landing pads at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, though the third booster rocket crashed […]

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One Cool Thing:  First Ever Recording of a Right Whale Singing

One Cool Thing: First Ever Recording of a Right Whale Singing

Researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have recorded for the first time ever the “singing” by a rare and endangered North Pacific Right Whale.  Humpback whales are known for their songs, but no one has ever before recorded right whales of any type singing.  The government scientists heard four distinct songs over […]

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Hurricane Season Begins With Disturbance In Gulf of Mexico

Hurricane Season Begins With Disturbance In Gulf of Mexico

Hurricane Season in the Atlantic officially began last Saturday, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting a “near normal” year with nine to fifteen named storms, of which four to eight may strengthen to become hurricanes. Of those, two to four could be major hurricanes of Category 3 or higher.  The Pacific hurricane forecast is calling for an above-normal season for both the eastern and central Pacific regions. 

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Shipwreck Accidentally Discovered When Testing New Equipment

Shipwreck Accidentally Discovered When Testing New Equipment

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ocean exploration ship the Okeanos Explorer made an exciting discovery on May 16 — while conducting an “engineering dive” in the Gulf of Mexico to test new remotely operated vehicle (ROV) equipment, they found the wreck of what is likely a mid-19th-century wooden sailing vessel.

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Hawaiian tourists will no longer be able to swim with wild dolphins

Hawaiian tourists will no longer be able to swim with wild dolphins

For tourists visiting Hawaii, a swim with wild Hawaiin spinner dolphins (or “naia” in the Hawaiian language) has traditionally been a popular attraction. However, growing awareness of how human interaction can harm wild dolphins has encouraged regulators to enact protections for the charismatic marine mammals. As Bloomberg reported, “National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials are […]

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Despite Rampant Sexual Harassment at AccuWeather, Former CEO to Get Senate Vote

Despite Rampant Sexual Harassment at AccuWeather, Former CEO to Get Senate Vote

Barry Myers, the nominee to be the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), led a company, AccuWeather, that had a culture of “rampant sexual harassment and retaliation” against women, including “groping, touching and kissing of subordinates without consent,” according to a report by the government’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. 

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Interview of the Week:  Kathy Sullivan

Interview of the Week: Kathy Sullivan

Kathy Sullivan was a crew member on three Space Shuttle missions, she was the first American woman to walk in space, and she served as the most recent Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. ODP:  Last week, NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Anne McClain took a walk (unfortunately separately) in space.  You were […]

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Interview of the week: Monica and Miro close out Women’s History Month

Interview of the week: Monica and Miro close out Women’s History Month

As we come to the end of Women’s History Month, we thought it would be fun to help you get to know us by interviewing each other about our experiences as women in the environmental world, why we started ODP, and what keeps us going. We hope you enjoy! Monica’s questions for Miro: MM: How […]

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