18 Weather Disasters in 2021 Cost US $1 Billion or More Each

18 Weather Disasters in 2021 Cost US $1 Billion or More Each

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor According to a report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there have been 18 billion-dollar weather disasters in 2021, surpassing 2020’s disaster costs with almost three months still left until 2022. Experts say that weather events across the spectrum, including wildfires, hurricanes, and severe weather, are not […]

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30% of Earth’s Tree Species Nearly Extinct

30% of Earth’s Tree Species Nearly Extinct

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer   A new assessment found that at least 30% of the world’s 60,000 tree species are nearing extinction in the wild. The number of tree species threatened— 17,500— is twice that of threatened mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles combined.  Why this Matters: Trees are crucial to maintaining the earth’s ecosystems. Trees not […]

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Dixie Fire Levels California Town, Threatens More

Dixie Fire Levels California Town, Threatens More

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The Dixie fire, the largest wildfire currently raging across the West, has leveled another entire town in California. Greenville, California, a town of about 1,000 residents, was reduced to rubble last Thursday following a rapid evacuation. The fire destroyed over 100 homes and has left residents adrift as they wonder what’s […]

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Bootleg Fire Sparks Fire Tornadoes, Sends Smoke Clouds to East Coast

Bootleg Fire Sparks Fire Tornadoes, Sends Smoke Clouds to East Coast

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The Bootleg fire in Southern Oregon has grown so large and so hot that it’s creating its own weather. You read that right; the Bootleg fire is disrupting wind patterns, causing fire to spread faster, and has even caused its own lightning. This development has presented an additional hardship for […]

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Wildfires Leave Local Communities Balancing Safety with Business

Wildfires Leave Local Communities Balancing Safety with Business

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Unprecedented wildfires should cause alarm everywhere, but the fires are burning up more than trees for some communities. They’re burning up a way of life. Each year, National Forests are closing earlier and earlier in the season, leaving communities that rely on tourism and the draw of nature high and dry. […]

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Click to Climate: EPA’s Data Tracker is Back

Click to Climate: EPA’s Data Tracker is Back

After a four-year hiatus under the Trump administration, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Change Indicators website is back in action. The public portal includes data on 54 indicators including sea-level rise, Great Lakes ice cover, heat waves, river flooding, and residential energy use.

Why This Matters: People are experiencing the impacts of climate change in their everyday lives, from hotter temperatures to more intense wildfire seasons.

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