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The General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park, California. rabbit75_ist / iStock / Getty Images Plus

Firefighters in California are using blankets to protect iconic sequoias — including the world's largest tree — from approaching wildfires.

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As we've seen in the American West and Southwest this summer, climate change continues to threaten our national (and global) water supply. Extreme drought conditions are the most widespread they've been in at least 20 years, reservoir levels are at all-time lows, and the resulting dryness of the landscape has led to more wildfires. Water usage also contributes significantly to global greenhouse gas emissions through the pumping, treating, and heating necessary to bring water into our homes.

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Best Period Underwear of 2022: 6 Sustainable Options

Switching to period panties doesn't have to be messy.

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Yulia Lisitsa / Getty Images

When your time of the month comes unexpectedly and you have to rush to the store, tampons, pads and panty liners are the majority of what you traditionally find when looking in the menstrual hygiene aisle. Recently, period underwear has risen in popularity to prevent the unnecessary waste that comes from using these products.

Period panties are a newer form of menstrual care that can both replace the need for disposable hygiene products and be a solution for preventing messy leaks. They're an ecologically smart alternative to single-use period products and a great long-term investment for those who want a more comfortable and easier menstrual solution.

Every person and menstrual cycle is unique. In this article, we'll explain the benefits of period underwear and help you find what type of underwear is perfect for you.

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An aerial image shows homes in Boulder City, right, and Lake Mead on the Colorado River, left, during low water levels due to the western drought on July 20, 2021 from Boulder City, Nevada. PATRICK T. FALLON / AFP via Getty Images
News reports about the Colorado River over the last few months have been intense and depressing. The first ever "cuts" in water deliveries out of the river to Arizona and Nevada took hold last week, with more cuts likely coming to more states.
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Shasta Lake, California's largest water reservoir, at 30% capacity and under smoky conditions due to the Dixie and other fires burning in the area on Aug. 4, 2021, near Redding, California. George Rose / Getty Images

NOAA found that the average temperature of meteorological summer - June, July, and August - was 2.6°F (1.45°C) above the 20th century average, a troubling sign as global temperatures continue to increase faster than previously thought.

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The protected natural area of the Xochimilco Ecological Park on April 17, 2021 in Xochimilco, Mexico. Hector Vivas / Getty Images

Lakes and reservoirs are drying up as 85% of Mexico is in a drought, with Mexico City in its worst drought in 30 years.

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Extinction Rebellion protesters join the March for Nature on Sept. 4, 2021 in London, England. Rob Pinney / Getty Images

By Lorena Gonzalez and Nate Shelter

World leaders are gathering in New York this week and next for the UN General Assembly meeting (UNGA76) and Climate Week. The two major events come at a critical moment for climate action.

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Researchers with the International Potato Center study blight-resistant potatoes bred from wild relatives. Michael Major for Crop Trust / CC BY-ND 2.0

New research presented Tuesday at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille sounded the alarm that wild relatives of some of the world's most important crops, including potatoes, avocados and vanilla, are at risk of extinction, said The Food & Environment Reporting Network (FERN). The study was published in the journal Plants, People, Planet.

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Residents evacuate from the Blue Ridge Fire in Chino, California on Oct. 27, 2020. ROBYN BECK / AFP via Getty Images

At the opening of the 2020 wildfire season, 3% of California was in extreme or exceptional drought and more than 4% burned. This year, more than 73% of the state faces similar drought conditions.

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An Afghan boy uses a water pump to collect water in Sakhi village on the outskirts of Mazar-i-Sharif on July 19, 2018, during Afghanistan's worst drought in at least a decade. FARSHAD USYAN / AFP via Getty Images

By Jennifer Collins

Forty years of conflict have left many Afghans on the edge of survival — and highly susceptible to the impacts of climate change. Not only is the landlocked country already becoming drier and drier, but it's also just been thrown into more political uncertainty by the Taliban takeover. Experts say it's a recipe for disaster.

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Climate change will present a barrage of challenges no matter where you live. C.J. Burton / The Image Bank / Getty Images

By Tara Lohan

Talent. King Mountain. Hugo. The town names — each the site of new wildfire ignitions following a lightning storm the day before — are all new to me. After I read each incident report, I head to Google maps to ask the same question that's been on my mind for weeks: How close?

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Dry conditions across the West follow a hot, dry year of record-setting wildfires in 2020. Communities were left with scenes like this, from California's Creek Fire. Amir AghaKouchak / University of California Irvine

By Mojtaba Sadegh, Amir AghaKouchak and John Abatzoglou

Just about every indicator of drought is flashing red across the western U.S. after a dry winter and warm early spring. The snowpack is at less than half of normal in much of the region. Reservoirs are being drawn down, river levels are dropping and soils are drying out.

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This photo from Sept. 1, 2017, shows Spain on its way to its worst drought in 20 years. The marshes held less than half of the water they can store, with 47.93% of reserves. In Leon, in the north of the country, its main reservoir barely reached 10% at the time. Alvaro Fuente / NurPhoto / Getty Images

By Andrea Germanos

A recent series of summer droughts in Europe, which brought devastating ecological, agricultural, and economic impacts, were more severe than any over the past 2,100 years, new research out Monday finds.

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EcoWatch is a community of experts publishing quality, science-based content on environmental issues, causes, and solutions for a healthier planet and life.
The General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park, California. rabbit75_ist / iStock / Getty Images Plus

Firefighters in California are using blankets to protect iconic sequoias — including the world's largest tree — from approaching wildfires.

Read More Show Less
EcoWatch Daily Newsletter
Catherine Falls Commercial / Moment / Getty Images

As we've seen in the American West and Southwest this summer, climate change continues to threaten our national (and global) water supply. Extreme drought conditions are the most widespread they've been in at least 20 years, reservoir levels are at all-time lows, and the resulting dryness of the landscape has led to more wildfires. Water usage also contributes significantly to global greenhouse gas emissions through the pumping, treating, and heating necessary to bring water into our homes.

Read More Show Less
Best Period Underwear of 2022: 6 Sustainable Options

Switching to period panties doesn't have to be messy.

Reviews
Yulia Lisitsa / Getty Images

When your time of the month comes unexpectedly and you have to rush to the store, tampons, pads and panty liners are the majority of what you traditionally find when looking in the menstrual hygiene aisle. Recently, period underwear has risen in popularity to prevent the unnecessary waste that comes from using these products.

Period panties are a newer form of menstrual care that can both replace the need for disposable hygiene products and be a solution for preventing messy leaks. They're an ecologically smart alternative to single-use period products and a great long-term investment for those who want a more comfortable and easier menstrual solution.

Every person and menstrual cycle is unique. In this article, we'll explain the benefits of period underwear and help you find what type of underwear is perfect for you.

Read More Show Less
An aerial image shows homes in Boulder City, right, and Lake Mead on the Colorado River, left, during low water levels due to the western drought on July 20, 2021 from Boulder City, Nevada. PATRICK T. FALLON / AFP via Getty Images
News reports about the Colorado River over the last few months have been intense and depressing. The first ever "cuts" in water deliveries out of the river to Arizona and Nevada took hold last week, with more cuts likely coming to more states.
Read More Show Less
Trending
Shasta Lake, California's largest water reservoir, at 30% capacity and under smoky conditions due to the Dixie and other fires burning in the area on Aug. 4, 2021, near Redding, California. George Rose / Getty Images

NOAA found that the average temperature of meteorological summer - June, July, and August - was 2.6°F (1.45°C) above the 20th century average, a troubling sign as global temperatures continue to increase faster than previously thought.

Read More Show Less
The protected natural area of the Xochimilco Ecological Park on April 17, 2021 in Xochimilco, Mexico. Hector Vivas / Getty Images

Lakes and reservoirs are drying up as 85% of Mexico is in a drought, with Mexico City in its worst drought in 30 years.

Read More Show Less
Extinction Rebellion protesters join the March for Nature on Sept. 4, 2021 in London, England. Rob Pinney / Getty Images

By Lorena Gonzalez and Nate Shelter

World leaders are gathering in New York this week and next for the UN General Assembly meeting (UNGA76) and Climate Week. The two major events come at a critical moment for climate action.