by Zoey Shipley and Miro Korenha In Spring 2019, much of the Midwest was hit with devastating floods. Nebraska alone was faced with over $1 billion in damages to roads, local businesses, crops, and levees. Natural disasters like this have contributed to the crumbling of the rural economy and lack of investment in these […]Continue Reading 460 words
Around the world cases of COVID-19 reached 300,000 and in the United States they topped 34,000 with 400 total deaths. Those statistics are jarring however one of the most concerning news stories this past weekend was the fact that Americans are still refusing to stay home and take social distancing seriously. From beaches in Northern […]Continue Reading 387 words
- International Day of Happiness
- International Fund for Animal Welfare
By Beth Allgood, U.S. Country Director, IFAW In 2013, the United Nations (UN) marked March 20th as the International Day of Happiness to recognize the importance of happiness and well-being in the lives of people around the world. Last year, I attended the launch of the annual UN World Happiness Report in New York. This […]Continue Reading 956 words
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As people around the world are staying indoors, factories are shuttering and cars are off the road, it’s become evident that the biggest winner of the coronavirus pandemic is our planet. Los Angeles’ air quality is in the green, and in fact, air pollution and CO2 emissions are falling around the world. Venice’s canals are […]Continue Reading 336 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
As the coronavirus continues to disrupt supply chains and forces workers to stay home we’re just now coming to realize what this means for our economy and how it might disrupt our daily lives. One of those supply chains will be the food and produce on the shelves at our grocery stores. As TIME reported, American […]Continue Reading 301 words
As people begin to build and expand into more wild areas, it’s more likely that they’ll come in contact with viruses that circulate in animals. In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that three-quarters of “new or emerging” diseases that infect humans originate in nonhuman animals. As we’ve learned from […]Continue Reading 525 words
In just one day, event more governors and mayors have taken action to encourage (or mandate) residents to stay home. For instance, California Gov. Gavin Newsom expanded his shelter in place order to apply to the entire state making his, the nation’s strictest response. But now, in states like California, the question being asked by […]Continue Reading 281 words
We wrote yesterday that President Trump’s lack of federal guidance on the coronavirus has created a patchwork of enforcement measures across the country. In fact, during his press conference yesterday Trump still wouldn’t say if he would make shelter in place a mandatory nationwide policy but did tell Americans to avoid gathering in crowds of […]Continue Reading 416 words
With more and more people being encouraged not to go out unless it’s essential, on-line shopping from Amazon and other big retailers may become your best option. We know — we hate all that plastic packaging too. Here are some tips for reducing it courtesy of cactiandcoconuts.green. 1. To request less packaging from Amazon either: […]Continue Reading 183 words
Peru is the second-largest fishing nation in the world after China, and home to one of the world’s largest single stock fisheries – the anchoveta. In 2018, after a shift to rights-based management, its industrial fishery was one of the first in the world to make its vessel location (VMS) data available to the public in order to root out illegal fishing and improve management.
Why This Matters: Peru may be a small country, but its fisheries are significant globally and the introduction of greater accountability for both large and small fishing vessels is a sign that better management is possible even as the national government struggles to overcome a series of corruption scandals.Continue Reading 474 words
The importance of staying home (if you’re able to) cannot be stressed enough. Over the weekend the Washington Post created an incredible series of graphics that show just how important social distancing is in slowing the spread of the virus. Over the weekend the CDC also urged Americans not to gather in groups of more […]Continue Reading 273 words