A new national security estimate — the first of its kind devoted to climate change — has been issued by the U.S. intelligence community. Simultaneously, the Biden White House has issued a fact sheet on prioritizing climate in foreign policy and national security matters. The key finding is that climate change will increasingly worsen risks […]
In his recent campaign finance report, Sen. Joe Manchin revealed that contributions from oil and gas interests – mostly in Texas – dwarfed the contributions he received from inside the state of West Virginia. Manchin is not involved in an active “campaign” at the moment and will not face reelection until 2024. The report covered […]
A new report issued by the First Street Foundation says that West Virginia’s infrastructure is at high risk from damage by a 100-year flood, one that has a 1% chance of occurring each year. Climate change is warming the air allowing it to hold more moisture, which causes more frequent and powerful rainstorms. West Virginia’s […]
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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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 […]
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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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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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 […]
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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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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