Daily Archives: March 16, 2020

Biden-Sanders presidential debate was all about the coronavirus

CGTN America

Published on Mar 16, 2020

Biden and Sanders debate about COVID-19 In the latest Democratic presidential debate, COVID-19 took center stage. Both candidates outline what they would do about the outbreak if they were president

UK and global impact of Governments’ Coronavirus measures – BBC News

BBC News

Published on Mar 16, 2020

Economic impact of new UK measures to tackle Coronavirus and a look at the situation in France, Italy and America where New York City is in lockdown

Tom Frieden discusses what he wants to see from the U.S. response to the COVID-19 outbreak

CGTN America

Mar 16, 2020

Former Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Tom Frieden, gives his thoughts on how he hopes the CDC and the American government responds to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

Coronavirus pandemic: Most global airlines facing bankruptcy

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Mar 16, 2020

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Comet 2019 Y4 (ATLAS) may become very bright – See its orbit


Mar 16, 2020

Astronomers have estimated that Comet 2019 Y4 (ATLAS) could pass within 25 million miles (40 million km) of the sun on May 31, 2020. It may brighten significantly along the way. See its orbit in this animation. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech / mash mix by Space.com’s Steve Spaleta

BBC World Service – The Conversation, Young women striking for climate change



The Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg may be the most well known, but climate change protests around the world are being led by young women. Activists from Uganda and Belgium tell Kim Chakanetsa why they are building huge movements in their countries.

Hilda Flavia Nakabuye, a 22 year old Ugandan college student, has been protesting since 2017. She realized climate change was the cause of droughts affecting her family’s ability to grow food. In 2019 she set up #FridaysForFuture Uganda, and spoke at an international summit, saying ‘I joined other young people all over the globe to protect our future. Through endless fights and sleepless nights, we hustle our way. Because this is our future.’

Teenager Anuna De Wever Van Der Heyden led 35,000 young people on a climate change protest march in January 2019. She has become famous in Belgium and beyond, and has faced conspiracy theories, death threats and verbal attacks. False claims against her marches even led to the resignation of an environment minister, and Anuna says people simply find it hard to believe that young women can inspire and run their own movements.

L: Hilda F Nakabuye (credit: Hilda F Nakabuye)
R: Anuna De Wever Van Der Heyden (credit: NICOLAS MAETERLINCK/AFP via Getty Images)


The ‘climate doomers’ preparing for society to fall apart – BBC News

By Jack Hunter BBC News  16 March 2020

An article by a British professor that predicts the imminent collapse of society, as a result of climate change, has been downloaded over half a million times. Many mainstream climate scientists totally reject his claims, but his followers are already preparing for the worst.

As the last light of the late-winter sunset illuminates her suburban back garden, Rachel Ingrams is looking at the sky and pondering how long we have left.

Her hands shielded from the gusts of February air by a well-worn pair of gardening gloves, Rachel carefully places tree spinach and scarlet pimpernel seeds into brown plastic pots.

Over the past year, Rachel, 45, has invested in a greenhouse and four bright blue water butts, and started building a raised vegetable patch out of planks of wood. It’s all part of an effort to rewild her garden and become as close to self-sufficient as she can, while society continues to function.

Within the next five to 10 years, she says, climate change is going to cause it to fall apart. “I don’t see things lasting any longer than that.”

So every evening, after picking up her children from school and returning to their former council house, she spends about two hours working outside.

“I find the more I do it, the less anxious I am,” she says. “It’s better than just sitting in the living room looking at the news and thinking, ‘Oh God, climate change is happening, what do we do?'”

Rachel is unsure about how much to tell her three daughters. “I don’t say to them that in five years we won’t be here,” she tells me. “But they do accept that food will be difficult to find.”

Every six weeks, she takes her two youngest daughters on an 450-mile round trip from their home in Sheffield to an organic farm in South Wales, where they learn how to forage for food. It’s vital for them to learn “skills we’ll be able to use in the natural world when all our systems have broken down,” she says.

“I don’t think what they’re learning in school is the right stuff any more, given what we’re facing. They need to be learning permaculture [self-sufficient agriculture] and other stuff, ancient stuff that we’ve forgotten how to do. We just go to Tesco.”

But she’s not at all confident her efforts will make much difference, in the long run. “I don’t think we can save the human race,” she says, “but hopefully we can leave the planet with some organic life.”

Around a year ago, a video of a talk by a British professor called Jem Bendell appeared on Rachel’s Twitter feed.

“As soon as I saw it, everything seemed to make sense in a terrifying way,” Rachel says.

“It felt like a bolt from the blue: ‘We’re all going to die.’ I felt it in my bones that we are at the beginning of the end.”

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Talk Africa: Coronavirus and You

CGTN Africa

Published on Mar 16, 2020

This week on Talk Africa we look at patterns of the coronavirus spread across Africa and what steps are being taken by African countries to combat it.

Talk Africa: Coronavirus and You

CGTN Africa

Published on Mar 16, 2020

This week on Talk Africa we look at patterns of the coronavirus spread across Africa and what steps are being taken by African countries to combat it.