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Lauren Ketcham

Lauren Ketcham is the Communications Coordinator for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, a state-wide coalition of farmers, consumers, retailers, educators, and others working to promote local and organic food systems through education, advocacy and grassroots organizing. Previously, as an environmental advocate in New Mexico, Ketcham organized successful campaigns to set stricter pollution standards for automobiles, increase renewable energy production and to block a multi-million dollar developer sprawl subsidy. She also served on the board of the Appalachian Peoples' Action Coalition, the City of Albuquerque Climate Action Taskforce, the New Mexico Coalition for Clean Affordable Energy, the New Mexico Mid-Region Council of Governments and held research positions with New Mexico State University. She may be reached at (614) 421-2022 or lauren@oeffa.org.


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The current rate of CO2 emissions is a major event in the recorded history of Earth. EPA

By Andrew Glikson

At several points in the history of our planet, increasing amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have caused extreme global warming, prompting the majority of species on Earth to die out.

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The "Earthrise" photograph that inspired the first Earth Day. NASA / Bill Anders

For EcoWatchers, April usually means one thing: Earth Day. But how do you celebrate the environment while staying home to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus?

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Animal rights activists try to save dogs at a free market ahead of the Yulin Dog Eating Festival in Yulin city, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on June 21, 2014. Jie Zhao / Corbis via Getty Images

The Chinese city of Shenzhen announced Thursday that it would ban the eating of dogs and cats in the wake of the coronavirus, which is believed to have stemmed from the wildlife trade, according to Reuters.

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The Great Barrier Reef, where record-high sea temperatures in February caused its most widespread coral bleaching event. JAYNE JENKINS / CORAL REEF IMAGE BANK

Tropical coral reefs are at a critical tipping point, and we've pushed them there, scientists say. Climate change may now cause previously rare, devastating coral bleaching events to occur in tropical coral reefs around the globe on a 'near-annual' basis, reported The Guardian.

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The first peer-reviewed research into a promising coronavirus vaccine was published Thursday. Javier Zayas Photography / Moment / Getty Images

The world has reached a grim milestone with the number of confirmed coronavirus cases reported by the Johns Hopkins University tracker passing one million.

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