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Why This Matters: As Quartz reported, “research published this week shows that aggressive social distancing measures, while extremely disruptive to commerce in the near term, can result in faster economic growth when the disease subsides.” And on the whole, this crisis shows that our economy wasn’t nearly as strong as we were led to believe.
What Comes Next: We will get to a day when the coronavirus pandemic is in our rearview mirror, but there will be no “going back to normal” once that time comes. We must prepare our cities for pandemics, which will require an overhaul of our transportation systems as well as the ways in which we congregate (including at schools, churches, and sporting events).
What About the Workers: As we look at the longer-term economic impacts resulting from coronavirus, protecting workers will be something we must contend with. As Joe Biden suggested, pushing through a Green New Deal agenda in subsequent stimulus bills could build the green economy while also helping put workers back to work.
But how do trade unions feel about this play? The podcast Political Climate spoke to Lee Anderson, director of government affairs at the Utility Workers Union of America, and Anna Fendley, director of regulatory and state policy at the United Steelworkers about how to fit workers into plans for a green economy.
On that note, Amazon employees at the company’s Staten Island, New York, facility plan to walk off the job Monday amid allegations the online retail giant has mishandled its response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The editors of over 230 medical journals said in a statement on Monday that climate change is a health issue and that its effects could become “catastrophic” if world leaders don’t do more to address it. The health impacts of climate change include wildfire smoke–which has been linked to an increase in positive COVID-19 cases–and pollutants […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor The EPA has announced that it will propose the first-ever limits on the discharge of polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, in wastewater. The class of chemicals, often called “forever chemicals,” can accumulate in the environment and the human body and contribute to health problems. However, public health and environmental […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor The editors of more than 230 medical journals said in a statement on Monday that human health is being harmed by climate change, and that the effects could become catastrophic if governments don’t do more to address it. The unprecedented joint editorial cites climate change’s proven links to “heat […]
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