Interview of the Week, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity click button

Interview of the Week, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity

This week the United Nations released its 5th Outlook on Global Biodiversity. We sat down with Tanzanian diplomat Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, the Executive Secretary of the UN Biodiversity Convention, to ask her about the report’s assessment that the world had failed to achieve the 2020 biodiversity goals and the prospect for achieving the ambitious target […]

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Trump’s Continued Public Science Denial Costs Lives

Trump’s Continued Public Science Denial Costs Lives

There’s been a lot of outrage at President Trump’s baseless dismissal of climate change at a press conference in California this past week. As the LA Times explained, the science shows us that when it comes to wildfires, the last 10 years have shattered records, and 2020 tops them all. Lives are at stake and […]

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Tens of Thousands in LA and TX Devastated — Battling COVID In Record Heat Without Power or Water click button

Tens of Thousands in LA and TX Devastated — Battling COVID In Record Heat Without Power or Water

The COVID pandemic makes much more challenging all the issues surrounding the evacuation, response, and rebuilding of the areas of Louisiana and Texas hit hard by Hurricane Laura.  As National Public Radio explains, many families are now essentially homeless because their houses were ruined by the storm and they lack running water and electricity.

Why This Matters:  67,000 people have already registered for Federal disaster assistance but it will not get better any time soon for those hit hardest by the storm.

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Hurricane Laura Barreling Toward the Texas/Louisiana Coast

Hurricane Laura Barreling Toward the Texas/Louisiana Coast

Hurricane Laura is expected to make landfall very late tonight or very early tomorrow as a monstrous Category 4 hurricane that will cause major damage due to both high winds and storm surge.  Twenty million people are in the storm’s path and more than 500,000 people have been told to evacuate low lying areas even as the COVID pandemic makes it difficult to house them safely in crowded temporary group shelters.

Why This Matters:  A category 4 storm is bad enough, but to have to deal with evacuating half a million people, many of them poor, during a pandemic is beyond challenging.

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The Added Pollution Potential of PPE Waste

The Added Pollution Potential of PPE Waste

by Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer While the COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on human health, the waste produced by our response to it is posing immense risks to the health of our environment as well,  Talib Visram reported for Fast and Company. According to Visram, the “flood of PPE could cause immediate […]

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Coronavirus Compounds Black Lung Disease as Coal Miners Fight for Their Health

Coronavirus Compounds Black Lung Disease as Coal Miners Fight for Their Health

While we’re still learning about the long terms damage caused by the novel coronavirus, we have enough evidence to show that some of the virus’ victims experience permanent lung damage. But for America’s coal miners, there’s a lung disease that most fear far more than coronavirus: black lung disease. Not only is black lung disease […]

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