Author: Mike Soszynski

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Mike Soszynski

Mike Soszynski graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Rutgers University with a Masters in Public Policy in 2012 & 2015 respectively. He currently works for a community development nonprofit based in New York City and enjoys riding his bicycle, punk music, and baking. Mike also likes birds, eating doughnuts, and public land.

If This Dangerous Bill Passes, Industries can Kill America’s Birds Without Question

A bedrock protection for birds native to North America is in danger of being gutted by House lawmakers. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) is the key protection for non-endangered birds in the United States. It protects hundreds of bird species, and in its nearly 100-year history has remained largely uncontroversial.  But earlier this week, an amendment that would cripple the Act was quietly added to a larger energy bill. If passed into law, this amendment to the SECURE American Energy Act (H.R.4239) will end the MBTA’s provision that holds industries accountable for bird deaths resulting from their activities. Canada and the...

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The Hole in Ozone Layer Has Shrunk to its Smallest Since 1988

The hole in the ozone layer is the smallest it’s been 1988. This year the hole reached a peak of about 7.6 million square miles wide — 1.3 million square miles smaller than last year. According to NASA, the hole in the ozone layer was largest in 2000 when it was measured to be 11.5 million square miles wide. NASA satellites and NOAA ground-and balloon-based measurements recently showed the least amount of ozone depletion above Antarctica during the peak of the ozone depletion cycle since 1988. The ozone is a thin layer of atmosphere that absorbs radiation from the sun. We need some of...

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Chile Moves Towards a Plastic Bag-Free Future

The president of Chile has signed a bill that prohibits the use of plastic bags in over 100 coastal areas. The move was made with the intention of addressing the stomach-turning amount of plastic that has found its way into oceans. A 2015 study in Science estimated it’s equal to five plastic bags per foot of coastline around the globe. The same study found that humans add 8 million tons of plastic to the ocean every year. Plastic bags are eaten by marine life, causing choking, malnutrition, and death. The amount of plastic that fish and other marine life...

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The US Government’s Climate Change Site No Longer Contains the Words ‘Climate Change’

The Trump Administration has removed links and references to “climate change” from a key Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website. The website was previously entitled “Climate and Energy Resources for State, Local and Tribal Governments” and is now named “Energy Resources for State, Local and Tribal Governments.” Fifteen mentions of climate change were removed from the main page. Links to crucial resources for state, local and tribal governments were moved and made less accessible. These changes were noted by the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, a network of academics and nonprofits working to address threats to environmental and energy policy and to the scientific...

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Americans Are Willing to Pay An Extra $177 a Year to Help Stop Climate Change

Last month, researchers published a paper that showed Americans are willing to pay to fight climate change. And it’s a substantial amount. Researchers found that that the average American is willing to pay $177 per year in higher energy bills to help reduce global warming. When asked what they preferred this hypothetical revenue to be allocated towards, Americans show strong preference towards investing in clean, green renewable energy. Improving infrastructure, such as bridges and water systems was the second most popular option. If every American actually did pay $177 extra on their energy bill to help reduce global warming, that would generate about...

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