by Monica Medina and Miro Korenha, founders and publishers of Our Daily Planet Of all our recent musings, the piece that garnered the most interest was one that we wrote wondering why people find coronavirus so frightening, but when it comes to climate change, most people are nonplussed. The parallels between the coronavirus outbreak and […]Continue Reading 940 words
The headlines and mass event cancellations this past week have been unsettling to say the least. And often, it’s difficult to discern news from noise. That’s why we’re going to make a commitment to include accurate coverage throughout the crisis along with stories that should be on your radar. We’re all in this together, if […]Continue Reading 172 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
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We wrote last week that we wished the mainstream media would cover the devastating health effects of climate change in much the same way that they’ve been covering the COVID-19 outbreak. And now that shutdowns, work-from-home protocols, canceled flights, and shuttered factories are driving down global emissions, the question is, will coronavirus wake us up […]Continue Reading 822 words
As a result of what they learned in China, Starbucks will not allow people to bring in their own “vessels” to get their cup of joe as a result of the coronavirus outbreak — the “temporary” measure went into effect last week and will remain so for the foreseeable future.
Why This Matters: There are times when — particularly with respect to health and safety — single-use plastic items are a necessity. This coronavirus outbreak is one of those times.Continue Reading 452 words
Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the scariest dragon of them all? If we’re assessing scary monsters, air pollution that’s being caused by our addiction to fossil fuels is claiming far more lives each year that the coronavirus. Yesterday we suggested that we should all take the climate threat a little more seriously and channel […]Continue Reading 95 words
For those of us who work in the climate world the fact that most Americans don’t view the climate crisis as an urgent threat is a big frustration. While there’s a 97% consensus among scientists that anthropogenic climate change is occurring and the fact that no part of the United States will come out unaffected, […]Continue Reading 519 words
NASA released satellite images yesterday that make apparent the impact of the coronavirus on air pollution in China — and the good news is that the factory shutdowns made the air across the entire country of China — particularly over Wuhan — much cleaner. NASA released a statement explaining that the maps above show concentrations […]Continue Reading 134 words
The rapidly-spreading coronavirus is thought to have originated in China’s Wuhan Huanan live animal market. As Grace Ge Gabriel, the Regional Director of Asia at the International Fund for Animal Welfare recently wrote in her Bright Ideas op-ed of the market, “The sign from the store with “wild tastes” in its name reads like a […]Continue Reading 553 words
The spread of coronavirus or COVID-19 in the U.S. is increasingly being predicted by medical and public health experts, but the advent of warmer weather cannot be counted on the stem the virus’ spread, as has been claimed by the President and some of his followers. Experts in the medical community and at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have been clear that there is no clear consensus on what will happen once spring arrives, but it is not expected to entirely halt the virus, and in fact, studies have shown that in the humid tropics, similar viruses like the common flu can thrive at any time of the year.Continue Reading 602 words
In recent days at political rallies and White House events, President Trump has repeatedly made the speculative claim that the coronavirus will go away “miraculously” in “April with the heat — as the heat comes in. Typically, that will go away in April.”
Why This Matters: President Trump is again playing politics with science and the weather — bending the facts to fit his desired narrative that both the U.S. and China having it all under control when it comes to controlling the spread of the virus and that it is safe to make drastic cuts to government research on diseases like this one.Continue Reading 544 words
by Grace Ge Gabriel, Regional Director of Asia, International Fund for Animal Welfare One billboard at Wuhan Huanan live animal market, where scientists believe the Coronavirus has originated, sends a shiver down my spine. The sign from the store with “wild tastes” in its name reads like a zoo’s exotic animal collection mixed with […]Continue Reading 622 words