One Real Thing: The World Watches America Sputter

One Real Thing: The World Watches America Sputter

Boy, are we blowing it. After the July 4th holiday weekend cases of COVID-19 surged in the United States due to a piecemeal response by governors throughout the country. Last week, the EU banned American travelers, while Canada is fining them and Mexico is working to introduce tighter restrictions on them. It seems as if […]

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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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