Each year, produce like corn and soybeans are grown on millions of acres of Iowa farmland. While the bulk of the farming is conducted by men, roughly half of the state’s farmland is owned, or co-owned, by women. Mark Bittman recently spoke with farm owner Jean Eells about the role women are playing in sustainable agriculture as part of our “Future of Food” series with Pulitzer Center support.
Today Greta Thunberg will visit the European Parliament to discuss future laws and environmental targets. The 17-year-old has led a global movement through climate change strikes and marches. But is Greta really representative of what the world’s young people really think? Is she inspiring change or causing unnecessary alarm?
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President Trump has repeatedly suggested warm weather could slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. It appears he is referencing seasonality, which describes how active a virus is depending on the climate. In other words, the idea that people get sick more often in the winter. Health experts say that for this strain of the coronavirus, which continues to spread across the globe, it’s too early to know if seasonality will have an impact. There are still too many unknowns to predict what will happen to the virus in warmer months. Even if the novel coronavirus does dissipate in the currently impacted areas, it may find new life in the tropics and southern hemisphere. And that migration between hemispheres can actually prolong the lifespan of the disease. Experts say this means the virus could exist year round.
The coronavirus had already begun to spiral out of control when Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, during routine Senate testimony, made a surprising claim.
“As of today, I can announce that the CDC has begun working with health departments in five cities to use its flu surveillance network to begin testing individuals with flu-like symptoms for the Chinese coronavirus,” Azar said. “This effort will help see whether there is broader spread than we have been able to detect so far.”
But there were two major problems: the cities weren’t ready and the tests didn’t work.
In fact, when Azar’s team had sent his prepared remarks to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before delivery, the agency pushed back and urged him to soften his language. State health departments had not yet been informed of the plans — and were certain to be upset by them — and the coronavirus test kits contained a faulty component that caused a spike in inconclusive results. Azar announced the plans anyway, in part because “it would be really valuable for him [to] have the news,” as one HHS official put it in an internal email.
Does Boston University have a coordinated plan for the coronavirus? Yes.
With so many uncertainties with a fast-moving situation, BU on Monday launched a new website of frequently asked questions to address some of the most pressing coronavirus issues facing the University community, from housing to academics to health and safety to communication to residence life and dining services and more.
University officials have been meeting daily and communicating with students, parents, faculty, and staff, both in Boston and at programs across the United States and around the world. The University already had in place a response plan for major infectious diseases, and that plan has now been updated to specifically address the coronavirus (COVID-19).
On Friday, President Trump signed a bipartisan, $8 billion emergency spending package to fund the U.S. government response to novel coronavirus. Still, concerns remain over how quickly health officials are able to conduct tests for the illness. Meanwhile, the number of novel coronavirus cases across the globe is approaching 100,000, according to the World Health Organization. Amna Nawaz reports.
Following the initial coronavirus cases in Nigeria, many institutions have adopted safety measures to curb the spread of the disease. Schools and churches were among the first to take precautionary steps.
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