The Initiative for more Climate Ambition declares climate change the “key challenge of our time,” adding that “our generation is the first to experience the rapid increase in temperatures around the globe and probably the last with the opportunity to effectively combat an impending global climate crisis.” … [Read more...] about The Latest: Hundreds march for climate action in Los Angeles
Climate science denial
Capitalist orthodoxies fail in the face of “a crisis that can only be endured and resolved by rediscovering the virtues of collectivism and solidarity”, writes Andrew Rawnsley (Comment). Precisely, and this is why a similar approach is needed to confront the climate emergency – and why rightwing governments will fail to do so unless they adopt a leftwing approach that does not prioritise market and profit and instead sees the merits of massive state intervention. And the coronavirus crisis rather pointedly undermines Philip Cerny’s remark that the nation state cannot have a key role in this (“My solution to the climate crisis”, Letters). What we are learning now is the importance, yes, of individual responsibility and local initiatives but also of decisive governmental action to enforce the suspension of business as usual, and of international cooperation. The only other essential element is a recognition that the climate emergency is just as … [Read more...] about Letters: a collective solution to Covid-19 and climate change
The Imperial College study predicted the novel coronavirus would infect 81% of people in the United States and result in 2.2 million deaths. That was before President Trump recommended sweeping social distancing measures Monday to limit the spread of the the virus. … [Read more...] about If I become infected with the coronavirus, what are my odds of survival?
"For instance, they put up some equipment trying to measure what's happening with carbon, say, a grass area compared to some bare soil compared to some moss," Ms Haynes said. … [Read more...] about Wollongong biologist’s trip to Antarctica to study ancient moss reveals impact of glacier retreat
Have you heard about taking a hot bath to kill the virus? Not only does it not work, but the World Health Organization is warning the public that people could scald themselves trying it. Then there’s the claim that the antimalarial chloroquine is a miracle drug. While the jury is still out on its efficacy, chloroquine is also potentially very dangerous, having recently killed a man in Arizona who drank it after hearing President Donald Trump call it “a tremendous breakthrough.” … [Read more...] about Fighting Coronavirus Rumors Is Our Civic Duty