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Preventing the Next Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take lives and disrupt economies across the world, a new report warns that further outbreaks will emerge unless governments take active measures to prevent other zoonotic diseases from crossing into the human population, and sets out ten recommendations to prevent future pandemics. The report, “Preventing the Next Pandemic: Zoonotic…

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New Grand Jury Report Found Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Failed to Protect Public from Hydraulic Fracturing Hazards

A recently released Pennsylvania Grand Jury report lambasted the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for failing to protect the public from health hazards tied to hydraulic fracturing. The Grand Jury found that regulators had failed to set and enforce rules to protect public health and instead deferred to the hydraulic fracturing industry’s assurances of safe…

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New Marine Plastic Pollution Report

Pew and SYSTEMIQ, with the help of their thought partners University of Oxford, University of Leeds, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and Common Seas, recently released a report titled “Breaking the Plastic Wave” that focuses on ways to prevent plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. The report provides a global analysis of marine plastic pollution and…

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Paris Agreement Updates

The 2020 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, was originally scheduled to be hosted by the United Kingdom in Glasgow, Scotland from the 9th to 20th of November, 2020. This was supposed to be the first “global stocktake” on the progress of the Paris Agreement’s implementation, an important step in the timeline…

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My Written Testimony on Transportation Infrastructure and Climate Change

By Kristy Dahl, Senior Climate Scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists In May of 2019, I had the opportunity to provide written testimony to the House Science, Space and Technology Committee’s hearing on “The Need for Resilience: Preparing America’s Transportation Infrastructure for Climate Change.” I focused on how the many impacts of climate change—from…

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Earth Day 2020: 50 Years of Progress Are Threatened by an Administration Turning Back the Clock on Environmental Protections

By Dr. Elizabeth Southerland, a member of the Environmental Protection Network, served in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from 1984 to 2017. She was the director of the Office of Science and Technology in EPA’s Office of Water from 2012-2017. This article was originally published in The Guardian. On the first Earth Day in 1970, millions…

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NOAA 2019 Climate Report

In 2019, there were 14 weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States: three inland flooding events, eight severe storm events, two tropical cyclone events (Dorian and Imelda) and one wildfire event. 2019 experienced an above-average year of costs ($45.0 billion) as the 40-year (1980–2019) annual cost average…

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The Future of Food from the Sea

The United Nations High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (HLP) commissioned HLP Expert Group, a global group of over 70 content experts, to organize and edit a series of “Blue Papers” to explore pressing challenges at the nexus of the ocean and the economy. The HLP identified 16 specific topics for which it…

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