Top Ten Stories of 2020:  The Pandemic and Its Links To Pollution and Biodiversity Loss

Top Ten Stories of 2020: The Pandemic and Its Links To Pollution and Biodiversity Loss

This year has been indelibly shaped by the COVID pandemic — it literally changed everything.  What has become clear as a result is that environmental injustice was exacerbated by the pandemic, and if we don’t repair our relationship with the natural world we are going to face more deadly pandemics in the future.  For the […]

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On Very Shaky Ground: What Clean Energy Businesses Need to Rebuild

On Very Shaky Ground: What Clean Energy Businesses Need to Rebuild

Before the coronavirus hit, around 3.4 million Americans worked in clean energy, surpassing the number of school teachers in the country. Today, nearly 500,000 clean energy workers in the U.S. remain unemployed as the sector struggles to recover. 

Why It Matters: Without federal assistance, 46% of clean energy businesses recently surveyed by the think tank Third Way said they will lay off workers, lower worker wages, cut worker hours, or cease operations.

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Air Pollution Linked to COVID-19 Deaths Across the World

Air Pollution Linked to COVID-19 Deaths Across the World

A new study from the journal Cardiovascular Research revealed that long-term exposure to air pollution could be linked to 15% of COVID-19 deaths globally. As Al Jazeera reported the researchers analyzed health data across the world relating to health and air pollution, COVID-19 and SARS – a respiratory illness similar to the new coronavirus disease. […]

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One Looney Lunar Thing: Trump Plans Moon Colony

One Looney Lunar Thing: Trump Plans Moon Colony

In a tweet last Friday, the Republican Party boasted about President Trump’s agenda “fighting for you” in his second term, which included establishing a permanent human presence on the moon, sending astronauts to visit Mars, infrastructure, and high-speed internet nationwide (in that order).  As if these things were remotely comparable!  And maybe they should consider […]

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Mink Farm Die-Off Due to COVID

Mink Farm Die-Off Due to COVID

NBC News reported that more than 10,000 minks in Utah mink “farms” have contracted COVID and died, forcing the state to close them and begin an investigation into what caused the outbreak. 

Why This Matters:  The fact that the virus spread from humans to the animals is alarming, but fortunately the risk of it spreading from minks to humans is low, according to the Utah State Veterinarian and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Los Angeles Hits All Time High of 121 Degrees

Los Angeles Hits All Time High of 121 Degrees

Temperatures in Los Angeles over the weekend soared — and hit a record high of 121 degrees and the record-setting temperatures resulted in power outages to tens of thousands, and people crowded area beaches in an effort to stay cool.

Why This Matters:  Climate change is straining the state to the breaking point — between the fires around the state and extreme heat, plus the coronavirus too.

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