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Can Worker Safety Ever Be Ensured by Big Meat?

Can Worker Safety Ever Be Ensured by Big Meat?

America’s largest meat processor, Tyson Foods, has worked to implement worker health and safety measures after hundreds of its workers initially became infected with COVID-19 . But despite those efforts, a new Washington Post analysis revealed that the number of Tyson employees with the coronavirus has exploded from less than 1,600 a month ago to […]

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COVID-19 Pandemic Blows a Major Setback for Efforts to Curb Plastic Waste

COVID-19 Pandemic Blows a Major Setback for Efforts to Curb Plastic Waste

As the world is grappling to adjust to coronavirus, the need for disposable protective equipment and food containers has grown exponentially. It’s a necessary precaution, but without a circular system for our waste (and plastic waste especially) mismanaged waste has its own set of human and environmental health impacts. And as CNN explained, “all that […]

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Coronavirus: We’re Nowhere Near Prepared

Coronavirus: We’re Nowhere Near Prepared

CNN reported that as the American death count from coronavirus ticks above 100,000, the panel assembled by President Donald Trump to confront the pandemic has been sharply curtailed as the White House looks ahead to reopening. Vice President Mike Pence convened the White House coronavirus task force on Thursday for the first time in a […]

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Coronavirus: Who Gets to Break the Rules?

Coronavirus: Who Gets to Break the Rules?

Four months after the first case of coronavirus in the United States, we’ve surpassed 100,000 deaths. As the New York Times wrote, “The pandemic is on track to be the country’s deadliest public health disaster since the 1918 flu pandemic, in which about 675,000 Americans died.” At the same time, over 56% of Americans are […]

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Coronavirus: Energy Investment Flatlines

Coronavirus: Energy Investment Flatlines

The  International Energy Agency stated in its annual World Energy Investment report released yesterday that the unparalleled decline in worldwide energy investment had been “staggering in both its scale and swiftness.” Investment in global energy is expected fall by $400bn this year, the biggest drop in the industry’s history As CNBC reported, the IEA “warned […]

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Coronavirus: Could Memorial Day Crowds Lead to a Second Spike?

Coronavirus: Could Memorial Day Crowds Lead to a Second Spike?

In April, Vice President Mike Pence predicted that the COVID-19 pandemic would be over by Memorial Day weekend. We’ve just passed that milestone and in the United States nearly 100,000 Americans have lost their lives to the virus. Despite warnings from the World Health Organization that countries with declining infection rates could still face an […]

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One Cool Thing: The Top Cities For Parks

One Cool Thing: The Top Cities For Parks

Having access to parks is a key to the quality of life no matter where you live. Today, according to the Trust for Public Land, 100 million Americans don’t have a park within a ten-minute walk from home.  They have studied the maps and other data on park access for most of the cities and […]

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Social Distancing Summer – What Does It Look Like?

Social Distancing Summer – What Does It Look Like?

It’s the unofficial first day of summer and we are all either beginning to get out or looking forward to the day very soon when we emerge from our homes and start to venture beyond the confines of our neighborhoods or support jobs.  That is good.  But doing it safely is going to be a […]

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GOP’s Monty Python Moment

GOP’s Monty Python Moment

This week, President Trump said that having the highest number of coronavirus cases in the world is a “badge of honor,” but we saw it differently.  As we approach 100,000 deaths and more than 1,600,000 Americans have fallen ill with COVID, it’s hard to imagine how Republicans can defend his handling of this crisis.  And […]

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Coronavirus: A Look Behind Who’s Driving Anti-Lockdown Messaging

Coronavirus: A Look Behind Who’s Driving Anti-Lockdown Messaging

While Michigan is facing record flooding and a pandemic, protestors began giving out free haircuts outside the state’s Capitol in defiance of the governor’s stay-at-home order. In the United States, data suggests that protestors around the country have played a part in spreading COVID-19 through their risky behavior. Incidentally, as Emily Holden reported for the […]

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Hero of the Week: The Newly-Knighted Captain Sir Thomas Moore

Hero of the Week: The Newly-Knighted Captain Sir Thomas Moore

As NPR wrote, Capt. Tom Moore, the British World War II veteran who raised more than $39 million to support NHS charities by walking 100 laps for charity in his garden, is being awarded a knighthood in recognition of how he has inspired people in the U.K. and around the world. Moore launched the campaign […]

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Coronavirus: The US Won’t Learn Its Lesson from the Rest of the World

Coronavirus: The US Won’t Learn Its Lesson from the Rest of the World

For nations who had to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic before the United States, they’ve had to learn hard lessons that can serve as a roadmap for our own response. For instance, The pandemic seemed to pass over Singapore but then the government was blindsided by an outbreak among poor migrant workers in packed dormitories. […]

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