$15 Billion of Covid Relief Funding Went to Propping Up Fossil Fuels

$15 Billion of Covid Relief Funding Went to Propping Up Fossil Fuels

by Ashira Morris, ODP Contributing Writer Since the beginning of the pandemic, most Americans have received a single check for $1,200. However, fossil fuel companies are not most Americans. The US government spent big — $15 billion dollars big — to help the companies responsible for the climate crisis. According to a new analysis by […]

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Heroes of the Week: Grover Wilhelmsen and His Caregivers Caring For Each Other click button

Heroes of the Week: Grover Wilhelmsen and His Caregivers Caring For Each Other

This week we are grateful for our health, and for the frontline healthcare workers who are taking care of so many of our family, friends, and community members and have been for months. We are inspired by the stories of those who are fighting to recover from COVID and the stories of those healthcare workers […]

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Will Robots Soon Replace Farm Workers?

Will Robots Soon Replace Farm Workers?

The COVID-19 pandemic is “ratchet[ing] up the pressure” to automate harvesting processes, Civil Eats reported. Alongside the rising cost of labor and the increasingly dangerous conditions caused by wildfires, more and more farmers are considering this move to automate their harvests with robots replacing up to half the farmworkers currently needed.

Why This Matters: As Twilight Greenaway wrote for Civil Eats, “If the people doing the work on farms are getting sick, the logic goes, why not just replace them with machines?”

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New Report: Climate Change Threatens Workers’ Health

New Report: Climate Change Threatens Workers’ Health

The Natural Resources Defense Council published a report in July that details the ways in which climate change is already making existing workplace hazards worse and also creating new ones.  Moreover, the situation will only get worse as temperatures rise and the weather becomes more extreme.  

Why This Matters:  There is still so much we don’t know about the health impacts of climate change.

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Three Mars Things: China, the UAE and the US All Heading There In July

Three Mars Things: China, the UAE and the US All Heading There In July

By the end of July, three countries are sending rockets carrying robots to Mars. For the U.S., its old hat — been there, done that 5 times, but for China and the United Arab Emirates, it’s their maiden voyage.   Why three launches so close together?  Because Mars passes close to the Earth in its orbit, […]

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Dogs Can Sniff Out COVID-19

Dogs Can Sniff Out COVID-19

Scent detection dogs may be the best tool for finding and fighting the spread of COVID-19, according to some promising new research at the University of Helsinki.

Why This Matters:  COVID-19 detecting dogs could be immensely helpful in rooting out the disease in places where it might otherwise be hard to detect, such as sporting events, airports to find the virus on surfaces, and border crossings, and places where early detection is important, like nursing homes and retirement communities, and by helping to screen people within the medical care sector who test positive so as to avoid unnecessary quarantines for those who have been exposed.

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