[Editorial] Learning the lessons of Chernobyl: time is running out
The Lancet | thelancet.com | 2020-03-28
Unit number 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded on April 26, 1986, causing radiation injuries to hundreds of people within a couple of weeks. High levels of radiation affected clean-up workers (liquidators) involved in the emergency response, more than 500‚Äà000 liquidators involved in later decontamination and containment, and the general population in the surrounding Soviet states. 116‚Äà000 people were evacuated, 220‚Äà000 were permanently relocated, and a 30 km exclusion zone still exists around the plant.
Scientists Stuck on Research Ship in Arctic as Borders Closed Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-28
The Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of the Arctic Climate or MOSAiC project involves more than 60 institutions from 19 countries and amid the coronavirus pandemic and worldwide closure of borders, it seems unlikely that scientists will cross international borders just to reach a common embarkation point.
Beijing Marks Earth Hour, Turning Off Lights for 60 Minutes – Video
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-28
During the event, organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), almost 180 countries will turn off non-essential lights for an hour to urge people not to waste energy and protect the environment.
American Small Businesses Are on Edge of Extinction Event and Congress Is Not Doing Enough
Amanda Ballantyne | commondreams.org | 2020-03-27
The roadside sign outside the Home Works New and Used Store in Amity Township that reads "Closed to beat bug, reopen? Chek FB Updates" Thursday afternoon March 26, 2020. (Photo: Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/small_businesses_coronavirus.jpg …
A Message For America from Brazil's First Indigenous Congresswoman
Ruth Hopkins | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-27
Last year, we all watched in horror as the Amazon rainforest burned at an unprecedented rate. We cannot afford to lose it, especially amid a climate emergency. It's vast greenery releases oxygen and stores carbon dioxide, a heat-trapping gas that causes of global warming. The death of the Amazon would mean the end of life…
Planet Coronavirus: Survival, Resistance and Regeneration
Ronnie Cummins | commondreams.org | 2020-03-27
The coronavirus pandemic, like the climate crisis, is not an accident, nor an act of God. Both of these existential threats have arisen out of a U.S. and global food, farming, energy, resource extraction, economic, militaristic "national security" and trading system that is degenerative, unethical, inequitable and as we see now, self-destructive. (Photo: CC) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/world_map_health_virus_red_1200x630.jpg …
"Chaotic Situation": India Begins Lockdown of 1.3 Billion Residents as Coronavirus Pandemic Spreads
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-03-26
As the coronavirus pandemic spreads around the world, we look at India, which is now under the largest lockdown in human history, with 1.3 billion people ordered to shelter in place. As the country's economy and daily life come to an abrupt halt, hundreds of millions of Indians who live hand to mouth have been left without the means to support their families. We speak with Amitav Ghosh, whose books include "Gun Island" and "The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable."
'Huge Victory' for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, DAPL Violated Law
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-26
A Washington DC court handed down Wednesday a major victory for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe of North Dakota, ruling that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by approving federal permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). | RELATED: | Examined: Indigenous Resistance To Major Oil Pipelines | The court granted a request by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which had petitioned to nullify federal permits for the Dakota Access…
Climate strike online
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-03-26
Climate crisis Zebedee ParkesIssue 1258 Australia COVID-19 Fridays for the FutureMarch 27, 2020Around the world climate activists are continuing to hold weekly Friday strikes for climate action [mdas…
The Media's Covid-19 Coverage Proves It Could Also Spotlight the Climate Crisis
Mark Hertsgaard | thenation.com | 2020-03-25
The Media's Covid-19 Coverage Proves It Could Also Spotlight the Climate Crisis…
Climate change is a feminist issue
Kathy Fairfax | greenleft.org.au | 2020-03-25
Climate crisis Feminism Zita HendersonIssue 1258 Australia International Women's Day GeelongMarch 25, 2020Unquestiona…
[Correspondence] Future of Chernobyl research: the urgency for consolidated action
Evgenia Ostroumova, Joachim Schàºz, Ausrele Kesminiene | thelancet.com | 2020-03-18
The Chernobyl nuclear disaster on April 26, 1986, continues to create fears and myths about its health consequences, as shown by the large response to a top-rated HBO miniseries devoted to the tragic event. Risk assessments range from recognising an increase in thyroid cancer incidence in exposed children and adolescents (becoming one of the single most established long-term health effects of the Chernobyl disaster on the general population), to claims of hundreds of thousands of deaths due to the accident.
[Correspondence] Evidence informing the UK's COVID-19 public health response must be transparent
Nisreen A Alwan, Raj Bhopal, Rochelle A Burgess, Tim Colburn, Luis E Cuevas, George Davey Smith, Matthias Egger, Sandra Eldridge, Valentina Gallo, Mark S Gilthorpe, Trish Greenhalgh, Christopher Griffiths, Paul R Hunter, Shabbar Jaffar, Ruth Jepson, Nicola Low, Adrian Martineau, David McCoy, Miriam Orcutt, Bharat Pankhania, Hynek Pikhart, Allyson Pollock, Gabriel Scally, James Smith, Devi Sridhar, Stephanie Taylor, Peter W G Tennant, Yrene Themistocleous, Anne Wilson, on behalf of 36 signatories | thelancet.com | 2020-03-17
The UK Government asserts that its response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is based on evidence and expert modelling. However, different scientists can reach different conclusions based on the same evidence, and small differences in assumptions can lead to large differences in model predictions.
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…