For Caroline Shaw, a sourcing manager at a GE wind turbine plant in Florida, the “light bulb went on” after she had to hand out face masks (known as N95s) to a team of coworkers who were tasked with screening their fellow employees for COVID-19. With shortages of masks everywhere it is important to use […]Continue Reading 246 words
Dr. Sala leads the National Geographic Society’s program to conserve the last wild places in the ocean. ODP: The Coronavirus pandemic has harmed people around the globe. How will this global crisis help more people to see the importance of conserving nature for our own health and well-being? ES: The global pandemic is a tragedy […]Continue Reading 710 words
by Zoey Shipley and Miro Korenha Abraham Lincoln had a complicated legacy with the environment. He oversaw the expansion of the Industrial Revolution and during the Civil War, approved a strategy that included significant infrastructure and environmental damage. Specifically, throughout the South, Union troops burned cities and destroyed plantations, farms, and natural landscapes. Yet after […]Continue Reading 465 words
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by Scott Nuzum Another night of restless sleep, another day spent searching for meaning in the midst of a crisis. I struggle to focus; my mind is taxed with constant worry about the health and safety of everyone I know and love. In the past twelve weeks, people around the world have helplessly watched COVID-19 […]Continue Reading 918 words
We at Our Daily Planet have been reading the news these past weeks and are in sheer awe of our healthcare workers. We’re so incredibly grateful for these men and women and their bravery in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak. From doctors like Dr. Nermeen Botros who has been clocking more than 80 hours […]Continue Reading 179 words
Food Rescue US is committed to reducing food waste and food insecurity at 25 sites across America by using technology to engage volunteers to transfer excess fresh food from grocers, restaurants, and other sources, to social service agencies that feed people who are food insecure. ODP: Do you think this current crisis is an opportunity […]Continue Reading 841 words
Tribes all over the country are observing “Stay at Home” orders as the number of cases increases in Native American communities. But the resources they have are woefully inadequate, with a total of only 71 ventilators and 33 ICU beds at the 24 hospitals the Indian Health Service (IHS) operates across the country, according to […]Continue Reading 421 words
Dr. Gounder is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at New York University. She is also the co-host of Epidemic, a podcast about the COVID-19 epidemic with former Ebola czar and #FOP Ron Klain. ODP: We know with your terrific podcast Epidemic, you are working to broadcast reliable and useful information about […]Continue Reading 869 words
This past week for those of us in the United States we’ve witnessed our lives screech to a halt within a matter of 7 days. As we watch the news–and especially the devastation happening in Italy–we see that the strain on our healthcare system is about to become exponentially worse. For instance, just yesterday evening, […]Continue Reading 226 words
Yesterday was Arizona’s primary election and while Joe Biden made headlines for his big win, there’s another story that’s gone largely underreported in the Grand Canyon State. Oak Flat, a sacred site for the Apache People, is under threat from a foreign mining company after it was given permission to perform mining operations on the […]Continue Reading 622 words
After Republicans in Oregon’s legislature didn’t show up for work (for the second time) inorder to avoid a vote on limiting statewide carbon emissions, Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown took matters into her own hands. She found a workaround–which would enable a state agency to set and enforce caps on pollution from industry and transportation fuels […]Continue Reading 130 words
Juliette Kayyem is a Friend of the Planet and a former Assistant Secretary at the Department of Homeland Security. She is also an analyst for CNN and chair of Homeland Security Department of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and she is the author of the book “Security Mom.” We caught up with her for […]Continue Reading 903 words