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Climate Change Greatly Increases The Risk That Ebola Will Spread

Climate Change Greatly Increases The Risk That Ebola Will Spread

According to a study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications, the climate crisis will bring a 1.75 to 3.2-fold increase by 2070 in the rate at which the deadly Ebola virus spreads from animals to humans and the risk that it would spread to the U.S. also increases.

Why This Matters:  The estimates of global deaths that will be attributable to climate change just keep going up. The climate crisis could, in fact, “halt and reverse” all the progress made in human health over the past century. 

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Highlights of CNN Climate Town Hall First Half – Castro, Yang, Harris, Klobuchar and Biden

The CNN Town Hall on the Climate Crisis was a marathon session — seven hours of nearly uninterrupted climate conversation.  With so many candidates and so much ground to cover, and many similarities among the candidates, it may in retrospect be a bit of a blur for the viewer.  CNN’s four moderators tried to level […]

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One Hysterical Thing: Colbert’s Water-gate, Sharpie-gate, and Lightbulb-gate Monologue

Leave it to Stephen Colbert to perfectly cap off Our Daily Planet for the week.  His monologue from Wednesday night covers fertile ground for us — the “boob job” the President gave the storm track map to make it a “perfect 10” and the tweets about the poor NOAA spokesperson who was not allowed to […]

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Highlights of CNN Climate Town Hall First Half – Castro, Yang, Harris, Klobuchar and Biden

Highlights of CNN Climate Town Hall First Half – Castro, Yang, Harris, Klobuchar and Biden

The CNN Town Hall on the Climate Crisis was a marathon session — seven hours of nearly uninterrupted climate conversation.  With so many candidates and so much ground to cover, and many similarities among the candidates, it may in retrospect be a bit of a blur for the viewer.  CNN’s four moderators tried to level the discussion by asking each candidate a version of the question “what would you do on day 1”?  But from there, the candidate interviews varied greatly.  Here is what stood out to us from each of the first five candidates.

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Debate 2, Night 1: Progressives vs. Moderates

Debate 2, Night 1: Progressives vs. Moderates

Last night was the first night of the second round of the Democratic primary debates where 10 candidates had 2 hours to discuss a full gambit of voter issues including climate change. Which, by our count, got 14 total minutes of the 120-minute debate. The resounding theme for much of the evening was the disparity […]

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Democratic Debate Tonight: What Might CNN Ask?

Democratic Debate Tonight: What Might CNN Ask?

The second Democratic debate tonight and tomorrow night, which is being held in Detroit, offers CNN an opportunity to ask some environment/climate questions that are particularly of interest due to the local audience who are drawn from a “frontline community” as conceived of in the Green New Deal that has been endorsed by several candidates. 

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Fish Fraud Is Not Fake News

Fish Fraud Is Not Fake News

A new study by the non-profit Oceana found that more than one in five fish they tested from supermarkets and restaurants is mislabeled.  It is a typical bait and switch, according to Beth Lowell of Oceana, who said “The consumer thinks that they’re getting a high-priced fish and instead they’re getting the cheaper alternative … they’re being ripped off.” 

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In the Midst of Political Turmoil, Can Congo’s Okapi Be Saved?

In the Midst of Political Turmoil, Can Congo’s Okapi Be Saved?

The striped Okapi is a rare hybrid – described as half zebra and half giraffe – found in the wild only in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in one of the most biodiverse areas on Earth. Most people have never seen or heard of this mythical creature, but CNN reports that it is iconic for this small nation — like the giant panda is to China or the kangaroo is to Australia. Its image can be found on cigarette packages, stamps, water bottles, and even on the country’s paper currency. But now it is highly endangered — there are only 10,000 remaining in the wild, a 50% reduction in the last 25 years. 

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