Daily Archives: May 13, 2020

COVID-19: Will lifting restrictions lead to a second wave?

CGTN America

May 13, 2020

As several U.S. states lift COVID-19 lockdowns and many more states ease restrictions, experts are warning of a possible increase in new cases. Some states are already reporting new infections.

Trump gets in spat with Asian American reporter – BBC News

BBC News

May 12, 2020

CBS News journalist Weijia Jiang asked Mr Trump why testing is a global competition to him. The president answered by saying that’s a question she should ask China. After calling on another reporter, Ms Jiang followed up by asking the president why that response was specifically for her. President Trump has previously made comments regarding Ms Jiang’s Asian American background.

De Niro: Trump ‘doesn’t care’ about Covid deaths – BBC News


Robert De Niro on coronavirus lockdown and US politics

Robert De Niro spoke to the BBC about life in New York during the outbreak and the country’s leadership.

The Oscar winning actor told Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis that it was a very difficult time and he found it “scary” that there wasn’t stronger criticism of President Trump’s response to the pandemic.

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Coronavirus may never go away, World Health Organization warns – BBC News


The coronavirus “may never go away”, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.

Speaking at a briefing on Wednesday, WHO emergencies director Dr Mike Ryan warned against trying to predict when the virus would disappear.

He added that even if a vaccine is found, controlling the virus will require a “massive effort”.

Almost 300,000 people worldwide are reported to have died of coronavirus, and more than 4.3m cases recorded.

“It is important to put this on the table: this virus may become just another endemic virus in our communities, and this virus may never go away,” Dr Ryan told the virtual press conference from Geneva.

“HIV has not gone away – but we have come to terms with the virus.”

Dr Ryan then said he doesn’t believe “anyone can predict when this disease will disappear”.

There are currently more than 100 potential vaccines in development – but Dr Ryan noted there are other illnesses, such as measles, that still haven’t been eliminated despite there being vaccines for them.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stressed it was still possible to control the virus, with effort.

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President Donald Trump To Visit Pennsylvania After Pushing Governor To Reopen Businesses | MSNBC


May 13, 2020

President Trump will be traveling to Pennsylvania as the state begins to consider reopening businesses amid the coronavirus epidemic. NBC’s Maura Barrett has details. Aired on 5/13/2020.

Why mass surveillance is a dangerous solution to stopping COVID-19

Democracy Now!

May 13, 2020

Naomi Klein warns of the potential dangers of mass surveillance in containing the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. “I think there is absolutely a role, an important role, for technology in figuring out how we’re going to live under these extraordinary circumstances,” she says. “The question is whether tech companies and government get the kind of carte blanche … to massively invade our privacy. Where is this data going to be stored? Who is going to have access to it?” Klein adds that while narratives about countries who have successfully controlled the virus emphasize the importance of these surveillance technologies, these narratives also erase the crucial role of functioning public health systems in these countries, which the U.S. lacks.

The Future of housing and transit during—and post—COVID-19


13 May 2020

The pandemic is illuminating what we already know – density in and of itself isn’t what makes communities vulnerable, it’s the kind of density and the way it impacts how people live. As Massachusetts looks toward opening parts of the economy in the coming weeks and months, we need to focus on what will make our communities healthy and prosperous now and in the future. This panel will explore examples of dense urban areas nationally that are successfully fighting the pandemic, discuss lessons learned that can influence better infrastructure policies at the state and federal level, and discuss how the recovery plan will need to address the pre-existing housing crisis.

Managing Soils for Soil Carbon Sequestration: Dr David Johnson on Engineering Microbiology

Organic Consumers Association

Jul 21, 2016

In December, at the COP21 Climate Summit in Paris, the French Ministry of Agriculture launched “4 per 1000: Soils for Food Security and Climate,” an initiative to mitigate, and eventually reverse, climate change by increasing soil carbon worldwide by 0.4% per year. So far, over 150 civil society organizations, governments, research institutions and businesses have formally signed on to the initiative.

Is healthy soil the solution to global warming? Is the 4 per 1000 initiative realistic?

On March 9, 2016 the French Ministry of Agriculture and soil scientists discussed the science behind soil carbon sequestration and how to drive the rapid, worldwide adoption of regenerative agriculture techniques that sequester carbon.

In his presentation, molecular biologist at New Mexico State University Dr. David Johnson explains how “getting the biology right” is critical to creating significant increases in soil carbon stocks.

Learn how to make Dr. John’s “no-turn composter”
here: https://youtu.be/DxUGk161Ly8

UN Gives Briefing on Global Economy During COVID-19 Pandemic | LIVE | NowThis

NowThis News

Streamed live 109 minutes ago

GLOBAL POVERTY INCREASE FOR FIRST TIME IN 30 YEARS: UN Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development Elliott Harris gives an update on the global economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As reported by the UN yesterday, almost half of the global workforce ‘is in immediate danger of being unemployed,’ and they are also reporting an increase in global poverty for the first time since 1998. As the pandemic has exposed global inequalities within different communities, Mona Juul, the President of the UN Economic and Social Council, has emphasized the ‘need to strengthen multilateral cooperation, governance, and above, all global solidarity.’

Naomi Klein on How Healthcare Industry & Silicon Valley Plan to Profit from Coronavirus Crisis

Democracy Now!

May 13, 2020

As the top infectious disease expert testifies to the Senate that needless death and suffering could result from reopening too quickly, author and journalist Naomi Klein says a “pandemic shock doctrine” is beginning to emerge. The U.S. healthcare industry “sees a potential bonanza” in the coronavirus, she says, which represents “a win for them.” She also details how our lives could be transformed into a “living laboratory for a permanent — and highly profitable — no-touch future” that benefits tech companies providing the so-called solutions to the crisis, including in healthcare, education and surveillance.