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All About Albatrosses

These giant seabirds have the longest wingspan of any seabird, ranging from 6.5 to 11 feet wide. They are known for their massive body weight of 22 pounds, and average life span of 50 years. You don’t have to get a close-up look in order to see their unmissable slender wings that make them excellent gliders. Any guesses about which […]

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Earth Day Read: Will COVID-19 Have a Lasting Impact on the Environment?

Air pollution and carbon emissions have fallen significantly in the past year, which is great news for the environment, but the question of what comes next is still disputed. Although there are many hopeful signs about pollution, the Center for International Climate and Environment Research in Oslo has estimated a drop in carbon emissions by only 0.3%, and some experts […]

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Earth Day Read: Harvard publishes a study linking air pollution to COVID-19 mortality in the United States as the EPA resists tighter stricter controls on fine particulate matter (PM2.5)

Xiao Wu, Rachel C. Nethery and Francesca Dominici of Harvard University published the first national study conducted on COVID-19 and air pollution in the United States on April 7, 2020. Due to the fact that many pre-existing conditions identified to potentially increase risk of death for COVID-19 are the same diseases affected by air pollution, they “investigate whether long-term average […]

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Earth Day Read: Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, the EPA continues to advocate proposed “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” Rule

Proposed by the leaders of the Environmental Protection Agency, under Andrew Wheeler, on April 30, 2018, this rule would determine the research taken into account in future environmental decision making in the United States. The proposal states that “This action provides that EPA will ensure that the regulatory science underlying its actions is publicly available in a manner sufficient for […]

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Earth Day Read: Becoming Wild During a Pandemic

Orion Magazine is a wonderful source to learn about the natural world and how people perceive and connect to it. This article describes an ecologist, Carl Safina, and his work encouraging us to look at the world around us and realize that for most life on earth, life has not slowed down as ours has. In the article, he responds […]

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Earth Day Read: Sustainability in the Time of COVID-19

We are in a time of uncertainty and anxiety, but there is still much we should and can do for the environment. This includes volunteering with environmental efforts (safely) -remotely can be a good option. Many sustainability groups are providing virtual events and opportunities. There are lessons to be learned about climate change from understanding this pandemic. First, early action […]

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Earth Day Read: Animals take back the cities

Animals have taken advantage of the lack of people in the streets due to the world wide quarantines. Generic animals that we are accustomed to seeing, such as wild turkeys, raccoons, and squirrels are especially prominent, but more interesting animals have also been spotted. A brazen fox has been seen in San Francisco near the Golden Gate Bridge and a […]

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Earth Day Read: People in India can see the Himalayas for the first time in ‘decades,’ as the lockdown eases air pollution

For more than a generation, the Himalayas, the highest mountains in the world, have been shrouded in pollution, hiding the peaks from all but a few. Residents in the city of Punjab, which sits only about 124 miles from the mountains, are taking to social media to share their pictures of the magnificent mountains. With most of India under a […]

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Earth Day Read: EPA announces Enforcement Discretion Policy for COVID-19 Pandemic

As the country came under state stay-at-home orders in the last two weeks of March 2020, American Petroleum Institute executives wrote to Donald Trump and the Environmental Protection Agency, lobbying the administration to waive “non-essential compliance obligations,” such as reporting and monitoring for existing environmental regulations on companies. They claimed that relaxed regulations would allow them to distribute fuel more […]

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Earth Day Read: Coronavirus lockdowns have changed the way Earth moves

Geoscientists have observed a drop in seismic noise, the noise created from vibrations of the Earth’s crust. This drop has been observed in areas of Belgium as well as Los Angeles. Scientists tie this noticeable decrease to transportation networks, as well as other human activities, being shut down as governments attempt to slow the spread of the Coronavirus. Belgian seismologists […]

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Earth Day Read: Deforestation And Climate Change Could Unleash A Mind-Boggling Number Of Coronaviruses

Epidemiologists have examined the sheer volumes of possible coronaviruses in vectors, a term used to specify disease-carrying creatures like bats, mosquitos, and other insects (because of climate change, these vectors are increasing at a rapid rate and range, bringing them closer to humans and other species). They’re estimating a number around 30,000 different types of diseases that could be transmitted […]

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Editorial: COVID-19, the Environment, and Earth Week 2020

This editorial was written by Ella Postuma, co-president of the E-Club. Update 4/22/20 at 10:08 AM to clarify that no formal registration is needed for the Earth Day Live event. Today we kickoff Earth Week, and this Wednesday, April 22, we’ll mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! The 2020 theme is Climate Action, and although this presents an enormous […]