Coronavirus crisis in New York: As doctors warn of "our Chernobyl," state government plans Medicaid cuts
wsws.org | 2020-03-23
Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has been calling for the deployment of the military, warned on Sunday that between 40 and 80 percent of the population of New York state (roughly 19.5 million people) would be infected.
'Count every drop, every drop counts': UN weather agency calls for better water data on World Meteorological Day
news.un.org | 2020-03-23
Floods, extreme rainfall, droughts and melting glaciers…many of the major signs of climate change involve water. On this year's World Meteorological Day, the UN weather agency (WMO) is reinforcing the message of World Water Day, by focusing on the links between climate and water, and calling for better water-related data.
Darkness, Not Cold, Killed Most Life on Earth 66 Million Years Ago, New Study Claims
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-23
Scientists estimate that 75 percent of animal and plant species on Earth were wiped out during the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event caused by the gigantic Chicxulub asteroid that crashed into our planet. However, researchers have long debated what the processes were that resulted in the death of three quarters of the world's life.
World Water Day: Often overlooked, water resources are essential part of solution to climate change
news.un.org | 2020-03-22
On World Water Day, the United Nations launched a flagship report which says that reducing both the impacts and drivers of climate change will require major shifts in the way we use and reuse the Earth's limited water resources.
Climate Science Deniers Are Also Downplaying COVID-19 Risks
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-22
On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the outbreak of novel coronavirus 2019, which causes the disease COVID-19, was officially a "public health emergency of int…
Coronavirus and climate change: How eco-activists can use this terrible moment to help save the planet
Reynard Loki | nationofchange.org | 2020-03-21
One major lesson from the pandemic is that we can save the planet from climate change.
[Comment] No time to waste: preventing tuberculosis in children
Jonathon R Campbell, Mayara L Bastos | thelancet.com | 2020-03-21
Tuberculosis takes the life of one in five children developing the disease.1 Data from the pre-chemotherapy era suggest very young children are at highest risk for tuberculosis after exposure, and highly susceptible to the most severe forms of the disease.2,3 As a result, tuberculosis control efforts among children in high-burden countries are focused on those below 5 years of age.2 One of the most important efforts is provision of tuberculosis preventive therapy after tuberculosis exposure, yet only one in four children below 5 years of age who might benefit from life-saving preventive therapy will receive it.
From Cluster Bombs to Toxic Waste: Saudi Arabia is Creating the Next Fallujah in Yemen
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2020-03-20
From dumping toxic waste into the sea to littering Yemen's farms with tons of unexploded cluster bombs, Saudi Arabia is creating a legacy so toxic in Yemen that experts believe it could take a century to undo.
Coronavirus clean-up: Sanitation workers face increased risk, job loss
C.J. Atkins | peoplesworld.org | 2020-03-20
Wherever there is poor sanitation, disease and illness spread. That's why those who work in the waste management industry are just as much an "essential service" right now as are health care, pharmacy, grocery, and restaurant workers. Dealing with all the trash society produces is a dirty and dangerous job even in normal times; during …
Climate crisis demands revolution in firefighting
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2020-03-20
Climate crisis Bob McIlroy Jim McIlroyIssue 1257 Australia bushfires firefightersMarch 20, 2020Bob McIlroy is a small farmer in the…
Turns out, it's OK to override private interest in the name of social need after all
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2020-03-20
Climate crisis Economy Healthcare Carlo SandsIssue 1257 Australia Carlo's CornerMarch 20, 2020When faced with a global pandemic tha…
Livestock and ecology
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2020-03-19
Agriculture Climate crisis Alan BroughtonIssue 1257 Australia Animal agricultureMarch 19, 2020People can be vegans for ethical reasons
"Something Is Wrong in America": Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor & Michael Eric Dyson Debate Sanders v Biden
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-03-16
Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders faced off in their first one-on-one debate Sunday night in the midst of an unprecedented national crisis, with 3,600 reported COVID-19 cases, 61 deaths so far, 33 states closing schools and mass shutdowns in major cities. The rivals clashed on how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, Medicare for All, the climate crisis, Joe Biden's record and whether or not the U.S. needs a revolution. We play highlights from the debate and get responses from scholars Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Michael Eric Dyson. Taylor is assistant professor of African-America…
Bernie Sanders: We Are Winning "Ideological" & "Generational" Debate, Now Need to Win "Electability"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-03-12
After a disappointing showing in Tuesday night's Democratic presidential primaries, Senator Bernie Sanders said Wednesday he will stay in the race. In his address from Burlington, Vermont, Sanders challenged his rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, to address key issues like economic inequality, healthcare access and the climate crisis. Sanders is set to debate Biden this Sunday in Arizona. "It is not just the ideological debate that our progressive movement is winning. We are winning the generational debate," Sanders said. "While Joe Biden continues to do very well with older Americans, especially those peopl…
Could the climate crisis be "The Good News of Damnation"?
Lawrence Wittner | zcomm.org | 2020-03-02
There really is no other solution to the onrushing climate catastrophe than for people and nations to forget their tribal animosities and start behaving as part of a world society…
Paul Paz y Miño, Saqib Bhatti & Beverly Bell on Environmental Justice & Cross-National Solidarity
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2020-02-21
There will only be an increasing number of frontline struggles between extractive, climate-disrupting industry and those willing to stand up to it. Corporate media's inadequate attention, and unwillingness to truly call out the moneyed interests causing present and future harms, make them more often part of the problem than the solution.