Daily Archives: May 28, 2020

Ask A Scientist LIVE Ep3: Agroecology: can we feed the world without destroying it?

Extinction Rebellion

Our agrifood system is responsible for up to 37% of all greenhouse gas emissions and is a major factor in biodiversity loss. Can we feed ourselves without devastating impacts on the planet’s life support systems?

Chaired by Dr Jordan Raine (Former Environment Editor at The Conversation, XR Scientist), with a panel of international experts including:

– Dr Marco Bertaglia, Scientific Officer in Agroecology, Joint Research Centre, Italy (on sabbatical) and XR Scientist;
– Dr Lynn Dicks, Ecology Lecturer, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge
– Jyoti Fernandes, Policy lead Land Workers Alliance UK, European Coordination Via Campesina
– Prof Alain Peeters, Secretary of Agroecology Europe

“We feel forgotten”: Detainees face horrid carceral conditions amid COVID-19

Democracy Now!

May 27, 2020

As the coronavirus continues to rip across the U.S., prisoners nationwide have been staging protests and speaking out about their conditions to reporters like The Intercept’s Ryan Devereaux, who reported on how ICE detainee Carlos Ernesto Escobar Mejia suffered horrifying neglect in San Diego’s Otay Mesa Detention Center before passing away earlier this month. Calls are mounting for ICE to release people from detention during the pandemic. “The population that we are talking about are folks being held on civil immigration violations — they’re not being held for violating criminal law. They’re not serving criminal sentences,” says Devereaux. “The government could release these people at any time if it wanted to. It is choosing to continue to hold tens of thousands of people in jails.”

Coronavirus outbreak: WHO warns from COVID-19 threats on access to vaccines globally | FULL

Global News
World Health Organization (WHO) director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday that the WHO has received its first-ever donation of insulin and glucagon from Novo Nordisk global health care company, which will go to 50 low- and middle-income countries around the world.

He thanked the company and said the donation comes at a critical time as the world is fighting COVID-19.

Tedors Adhanom added that this donation reinforces the multiple ways the private sector can get involved in fostering global solidarity as one of the most essential services that has been disrupted due to COVID-19 is routine childhood immunization.

On Friday, WHO published new guidance on implementing vaccination campaigns in the context of COVID-19.

WHO director-general said that WHO, UNICEF and GAVI (The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations) are working to ensure that the pandemic doesn’t reverse decades of progress in vaccine-preventable childhood diseases.

He called on world leaders to commit to fully-funding GAVI for its life-saving work on the global vaccine summit to be held by the U.K. government in June.

Tedros Adhanom warned from COVID-19 threats of disrupted access to life-saving immunization services around the world, which is putting tens of millions of childrens at risk of killing diseases like difteria, measles, and pneumonia.

He said that “while the world comes together to find a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19 we must not forget that dozens of life-saving vaccines already exist and must continue to reach children everywhere.”

Why are some Western countries so nervous about the national security legislation for Hong Kong?


May 27, 2020

Timothy Kerswell is an assistant professor at the Department of Government and Public Administration at the University of Macao. In this video he explains why some Western countries are so nervous about the national security legislation for Hong Kong with CGTN.

Mike Pompeo: The dark side of the Trump administration


May 28, 2020

In many ways, Pompeo represents the dark side of the Trump administration: Its reluctance to take responsibility, disdain for science, indulgence in instincts. The irrationality he has encouraged in the White House is only worsening the COVID-19 crisis.

WHO Says Covid-19 ‘May Never Go Away’

Bloomberg Markets and Finance

May 13, 2020

May.13 — Mike Ryan, head of the World Health Organization’s health emergencies program, says Covid-19 “may never go away,” and that the “massive moonshot” of finding a vaccine will be only the first step toward eradicating the disease. He speaks at a press briefing in Geneva. (Excerpts)

Webinar: ‘The Future of Land Cover, Land Management and Climate Change’

Climate Analytics

May 14, 2020

In this webinar, the first in a series on land-climate interactions under the LAMACLIMA project, Climate Analytics’ Dr Quentin Lejeune and Dr Alexander Popp, of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), provide insights into scientific findings from the IPCC’s recent Special Report on Climate and Land (2019), and discuss how LAMACLIMA, a European research project coordinated by Climate Analytics, seeks to inform the drafting of sustainable land-based adaptation and mitigation measures.

You can find more information on the webinar series here: https://climateanalytics.org/events/2…
More information on LAMACLIMA: https://climateanalytics.org/projects…

No Health Without Mental Health: Denny Morrison at TEDxBloomington

TEDx Talks

May 5, 2013

Denny Morrison challenges three commonly held but irrational beliefs about behavioral health care: first, that having a mental illness or addiction is a stigma. (“To compare ‘having a bad day’ to major depression,” he says, “is a bit like comparing a paper cut to an amputation.”) Second, that the body and mind are two different things. Third, that if you have a diagnosis of mental health or addiction, it’s “a living death sentence.” Morrison is Chief Clinical Officer for Netsmart, the leading provider of clinical solutions for health and human services organizations nationwide. He served previously as the CEO of the Center for Behavioral Health (CBH) in Bloomington, Indiana since 1995. CBH was the first behavioral health company to ever win the JCAHO Codman Award for excellence in the use of outcomes measurement to achieve health care quality improvement; the second to win the HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award for Excellence in the implementation of Electronic Health Records (EHR); and is still the only organization in the world to have won both awards. In 2007, CBH was awarded the Negley Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Risk Management. Morrison has worked in the behavioral health field since 1969. He holds a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University.

Mental Health for All by Involving All | Vikram Patel | TED Talks


Sep 11, 2012

Nearly 450 million people are affected by mental illness worldwide. In wealthy nations, just half receive appropriate care, but in developing countries, close to 90 percent go untreated because psychiatrists are in such short supply. Vikram Patel outlines a highly promising approach — training members of communities to give mental health interventions, empowering ordinary people to care for others.

Robert Reich: While Average Americans Struggle, Major Corporations Are Coming Out Ahead During The Pandemic

WGBH News   May 27, 2020

Ever since the springtime roll-out of the Paycheck Protection Program — the federal program meant to support small businesses suffering during the coronavirus pandemic — critics have sounded the alarm about loopholes that have sent millions of dollars to corporations and failed to reach some of those that need it most, particularly black and Latino entrepreneurs. This inequality is just one example of what former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich has described as a “tale of two pandemics.” Reich joined Jim Braude to discuss.

Robert Reich: While Average Americans Struggle, Major Corporations Are Coming Out Ahead During The Pandemic

By Jen Sifferlen
May 27, 2020Greater Boston

Just as coronavirus infection and death rates have highlighted race and income disparities in American healthcare, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich said the distribution of federal aid during the pandemic has shone a light on disparities in political power, too.

“If you have a lot of power in Washington, if you have lobbyists and all sorts of [political action committees] and lawyers who are working for you, chances are you get first in line. And that’s exactly what’s happened,” Reich told Jim Braude on WGBH News’ Greater Boston Wednesday.

Just 12 percent of black and Latino entrepreneurs who applied for aid have received what they asked for, according to a recent survey from the Global Strategy Group, on behalf of the organizations Color of Change and UnidosUS.

Reich also pointed to bailouts for large companies and access to unemployment benefits as evidence that the well-connected are faring better during the pandemic.

“Average workers and particularly people of color, they are not getting what they need,” he said. “They don’t have those connections, they don’t have that power in Washington, they don’t have the lobbyists, they don’t have the PACs and it’s business as usual, sadly.”

In fact, Reich argued, some major corporations are actually faring better during the pandemic.

“For years we have not used anti-trust laws to prevent companies like Amazon from accumulating huge power and all of the laws and all of the laws and all of the mechanisms of our market are tilted more and more in the direction of the big and profitable and against average workers,” he explained. “The result is you have a pandemic that not only hurts the poor, and hurts the middle class and the working class, but ends up rewarding America’s billionaires.”

Reich, who led the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) within the Labor Department before he became secretary under President Bill Clinton, argued regulators weren’t doing enough to protect workers at those large companies, either.

“OSHA in those days was concerned about the safety and health of workers, that was the job of OSHA. These days, OSHA just basically couldn’t care less,” he said. “They’re not getting the protective equipment; they’re not getting the kind of safety and health regulations that they deserve in order to protect themselves and their families.”

But Reich warned that, while the systemic disparities may seem daunting, it’s dangerous to write off the possibility of reform.

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