Daily Archives: May 27, 2020

Florida Hit With Extreme Flooding As Sea Levels Rise | NowThis

NowThis News

Published on May 27, 2020

Cars drove onto sidewalks to avoid flooding after 3 inches of rain fell on northern Miami-Dade County in just one hour. South Florida is ground zero for rising sea levels.

In US news and current events today, 3 inches of rain fell over Northern Miami-Dade County in just one hour. Drivers were encouraged to ‘turn around, don’t drown’ by officials. Florida has the most U.S. citizens at risk due to the climate crisis of any state ⅔ of Floridians consider the climate crisis a threat to future generations.

How COVID-19 is Changing Restaurants

The Agenda with Steve Paikin

Published on May 27, 2020

Restaurants have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and are having to adapt day by day – many have had to close. With the help of food writer Corey Mintz, chef, author, and food activist Joshna Maharaj, and Toronto restaurant owner John Sinopoli. The Agenda looks at what Ontario restaurants need to survive this economic upheaval

South Africa’s Mental Health Care Falls By Wayside During Coronavirus Pandemic

VOA News

Published on May 27, 2020


The coronavirus has hit South Africa harder than any other country on the continent.  So far it has infected more than 23,000 people and killed more than 480.  But the disease is also impacting the mental wellbeing of many people coping with social isolation and the economic impact of the virus. 

South African Wendy Jones, 60, hasn’t been able to work for 15 years due to debilitating mental health problems.

She is not allowed to drive and, with the health care system focused on the outbreak of COVID-19, getting the right treatment has become a bigger challenge.

Africa and COVID-19 Webinar Series: COVID-19 and the African Economy | Harvard University Center for African Studies

How should African governments be thinking about the economy in the context of the pandemic? What kind of assistance does Africa need from the international community financially, and how do African governments position themselves through policies (fiscal, monetary, economic) for a strong comeback once the pandemic resides? Is this an opportunity to rethink African supply and value chains in an era of enforced self-reliance?

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Maps of Africa to 1900 | Digital Collections at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library

The Maps of Africa to 1900 digital collection contains images of maps listed in the bibliography Maps of Africa to 1900: A Checklist of Maps in Atlases and Geographical Journals in the Collections of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Bassett & Scheven, Urbana: Graduate School of Library and Information Science, 2000). As such, this collection mines not only the Library’s map collections, but also its extensive collection of 19th century atlases and geographical journals, including the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society (United Kingdom), the Bulletin de la Société de Géographie de Paris (France), and Petermanns Geographische Mittheilungen (Germany).

Bassett’s and Scheven’s original bibliography lists 2,416 maps of which nearly 78 percent date from the 19th century. Africanists and historians of cartography are drawn to this century because the map of the continent changed so rapidly in the wake of European explorations, conquests, and colonization (Bassett & Scheven, p. iii). About a quarter of the collection dates from the sixteenth century, 9 percent from the seventeenth, and 13 percent from the eighteenth century. The Library is digitizing as many of the maps as possible, condition permitting. Maps are added to the collection as they are completed.

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The Land Institute: James Bowden, Soil Ecology – Technician Takeover

The Land Institute

May 27, 2020

The Land Institute’s Soil Ecology research technician, James Bowden, braves the Kansas weather to walk us through the research focuses of the program. Working cross-functionally with all of our research programs, the Soil Ecology team at TLI looks at how diverse plantings of our perennial crops can harness ecological processes to supplant the need for commercial inputs like fertilizers and pesticides. By using models of naturally occurring plant communities, TLI researchers believe that previously unattainable levels of ecological intensification are possible with perennial polycultures.


President Trump Plays Golf as COVID-19 Death Toll Nears 100,000 | Amanpour and Company

Amanpour and Company

May 27, 2020

On Memorial Day, President Trump continues to court controversy: taking and defending unproven anti-malarial drugs, refusing to wear a mask, and choosing to be seen playing golf on a weekend that sees the number of coronavirus deaths in the United States approach 100,000. To analyze the president’s thinking, Christiane speaks with Trump biographer Michael D’Antonio and Trump adviser David Urban. Originally aired on May 25, 2020.

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The Land Institute: Spencer Barriball, Perennial Legumes – Technician Takeover

The Land Institute

May 27, 2020

The Land Institute’s Perennial Legumes research technician, Spencer Barriball, brings us deep into TLI’s research plots to show us some of the intermediate wheatgrass + perennial legume intercropping experiments his team is working on. The goals of the perennial legumes research program are to expand agronomic knowledge about these dual-purpose intercroppoing systems (i.e. row spacing, harvest timing, nitrogen balance) that produce grain for humans and forage for livestock and to develop a long-term collaborative domestication strategy to improve sainfoin seed yield and nutritional quality through a combination of breeding, agronomy, food science, and commercialization efforts.


Expert: Fact-checking Trump tweets ‘appropriate’

Associated Press

May 27, 2020

President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened social media companies with new regulation or even shuttering a day after Twitter added fact checks to two of his tweets. (May 27)