Majority of People on Earth Feeling Climate Impacts

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer According to new research published in the journal Nature Climate Change, at least 85% of the global population feels the impacts of human-induced climate change. The study evaluated more than 100,000 studies of events that could be linked to climate change, like crop failures, alongside temperature and precipitation changes […]
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Biden Reinstates Protections for Three National Monuments

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer The White House announced Friday that President Biden will use his executive authority to restore protections for three national monuments drastically reduced during the Trump Administration. He will reestablish and increase the boundaries of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, both of which are in Utah. The orders […]
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West Virginia Wind Power Project to Get Upgrade

The Laurel Mountain Wind Project in Barbour and Randolph counties will be upgraded by 25% in the near future. The Project now involves 61 wind turbines and produces 98 megawatts of electricity. AES, the Project’s operator, announced the upgrade before the Randolph County Commission on October 7, 2021. No new turbines will be installed but […]

Now You’re Cooking Without Gas

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Gas is the largest energy source in the US. Gas stoves aren’t the largest consumer of natural gas in any home, but they’ve become “a focal point in the fight over whether gas should even exist” as an energy source in people’s residences. Burning gas, especially without ventilation like […]
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White House Moves to Reverse Trump Assault on the National Environmental Policy Act

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor On Wednesday, the White House took first steps to reverse a Trump-era assault on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The new rules will restore the Council for Environmental Quality (CEQ) obligation to take climate change and carbon emissions into account for major projects. Officials say the Biden meassure […]
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Large Solar Array Installed at Huntington Nonprofit

On September 29, Huntington city officials and representatives from Coalfield Development flipped the switch on a 294-panel solar array on the nonprofit’s building in Huntington.  Coalfield Development trains coal miners to transition to renewable energy jobs.  This solar installation is the largest for any nonprofit in West Virginia. The building, known as West Edge, houses […]

Watchdog Group Links Companies to Anti-Climate Action Groups Despite Net-Zero Pledges

By Alex Bowman, ODP Contributing Writer New analysis from watchdog Accountable.US shows that Apple, Disney, Microsoft, and Amazon are backing business groups opposing landmark climate legislation, calling the sincerity of their climate and emissions into question. These corporate lobbying groups and organizations are mobilizing to oppose the Democrat-proposed $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill, which contains […]
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Plastic Pollution + Climate Change = Ocean Overload

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Climate change and marine plastic pollution are fundamentally linked, and new research by the Zoological Society London and Bangor University examines their connection. The paper identifies three key ways these two issues are intertwined:   Greenhouse gas emissions caused by plastic’s life cycle (from production to disposal) perpetuates climate […]
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23 Species Removed From Endangered List — Because they Are Now Extinct

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed 23 species from the Endangered List because, despite efforts to save them, they have become extinct.  Among these is the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker, known as the Good Lord Bird because anyone lucky enough to catch sight of the large beautiful bird blurted out the Lord’s name. Also now extinct […]

Crunch Time Quick Action: Urge Senator Manchin To Include Climate Action in the Reconciliation Package

House and Senate Democrats have come to agreement on most aspects of the reconciliation package with one exception: climate change.  Hanging in the balance is Senator Joe Manchin’s opposition to the Clean Electricity Performance Program, which will pay electric utility companies for adopting clean energy sources and penalize ones that don’t adopt clean energy by at least 4 percent a year.
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