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Coronavirus: Not the Equal Opportunity Virus We’ve Been Told It Is

Coronavirus: Not the Equal Opportunity Virus We’ve Been Told It Is

The coronavirus pandemic has been yet another reminder of how many Americans live on the edge. Whether it’s food insecurity, economic insecurity, housing insecurity, existing health risks, or racial injustice, we’re seeing the ways in which vulnerable groups are disproportionately affected by the virus and are unable to cope with its shock. As CNN explained, […]

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Coronavirus: The Impact on Our Food System

Coronavirus: The Impact on Our Food System

Of all the stressful considerations we have to make during coronavirus, thinking through how we ensure our food system stays functioning is daunting. Shutdowns and demand changes have farmers fearful, lack of safety precautions is endangering agricultural workers who have been deemed “essential,” and a lack of workers may ensure that food is left rotting […]

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Coronavirus: Oil and Gas Execs Meet With Trump, What About Renewables?

Coronavirus: Oil and Gas Execs Meet With Trump, What About Renewables?

Today, President Trump is expected to meet with oil and gas industry executives from Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Occidental Petroleum and Continental Resources to discuss the outlook for the industry in the wake of an oil price collapse.  Trump sees himself as a moderator in the world oil talks between Russia and Saudi Arabia as well […]

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Coronavirus: First Hit to Global Climate Action

Coronavirus: First Hit to Global Climate Action

We wrote 3 weeks ago that the COVID-19 outbreak could prove to be a serious impediment to global efforts to curb climate change and promote conservation, and this concern has been realized as yesterday the 2020 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, has been rescheduled for 2021. Why This Matters: COP26 was […]

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Coronavirus: Forgetting Nature is Not An Option

Coronavirus: Forgetting Nature is Not An Option

Yesterday, House Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Vice Chair Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) sent a letter to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt urging him to close Grand Canyon National Park and other national parks and public lands at risk of spreading coronavirus due to continued crowding and high visitation levels. In the midst […]

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Coronavirus: Governors Step Up Regional Efforts to Fight Virus

Coronavirus: Governors Step Up Regional Efforts to Fight Virus

Yesterday Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R), Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) all announced stay at home orders, with Virginia’s to last until June 10th–the longest order of any state. We also saw more cities and retail stores begin to furlough workers, as our institutions and economy begin to contend […]

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