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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 of the Trump administration’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, protecting nature and natural infrastructure has largely been forgotten, though Americans are depending on it more than ever.
Why This Matters: Our leaders must understand that humans and nature are intrinsically linked, we cannot ignore nature if we hope to solve our greatest challenges. We’re seeing a migration of city dwellers into nature and more rural areas to escape urban density. As Thomas Friedmanaptly wrote yesterday, “The coronavirus spread in America because Trump looked at the problem through the lens of the markets first and the science of natural systems second, if at all.”
Pro Tip: How long do disinfecting products actually take to work on surfaces? The answers may surprise you!
Here's an important coronavirus tip: most of the EPA approved cleaners that can kill the virus need to sit for several minutes to fully disinfect. Lysol disinfectant wipes, for example, can take 10 minutes. https://t.co/Hgcl1XcITT
No Truth From Trump: Generally during a national crisis, the President’s press briefings are a vital source of news updates and even reassurance for worried Americans. Think FDR’s fireside chats or even George W. Bush’s post 9/11 address and subsequent updates. But if you’ve watched President Trump’s recent addresses you may have noticed numerous empty press pool seats. The reason being? These briefings are so devoid of news that journalists aren’t willing to risk their health to attend.
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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