Daily Archives: August 5, 2020

UN warns of ‘generational catastrophe’ as millions are impacted by school closures


Published on Aug 5, 2020

The United Nations has warned that the COVID-19 pandemic has created the largest disruption of education systems in history. The crisis has affected nearly 1.6 billion young people, in more than 190 countries and the school closures are adversely impacting vulnerable communities the most. UN chief Antonio Guterres made an urgent call to all governments to build resilient and inclusive educational systems.

Racism, sexism pervasive at Canadian Museum for Human Rights: report – YouTube

CBC News: The National

Published on Aug 5, 2020

An investigation into accusations of a toxic culture at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights found that racism, sexism and homophobia were pervasive. Museum officials have apologized and committed to changing the situation for employees.

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What happens after a COVID-19 vaccine is available?

CBC News: The National

Published on Aug 5, 2020

An epidemiologist and infectious disease specialist answer questions about a COVID-19 vaccine, including what happens after a vaccine is approved and available in Canada.

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Robert Reich: Dismantling A Rigged System

Commonwealth Club of California

Published on Aug 5, 2020

Robert Reich is at the forefront of the progressive fight for higher worker wages, expanded health care and stronger unions. He argues that years of stagnant wages and volatile job markets show that the financial system is fixed and serving only a select few with enough money to control it.

Reich shows how wealth and power have eviscerated the middle class and undermined democracy to its core. He exposes how people at the top propagate myths about meritocracy, corporate social responsibility and the “free market” to accumulate extraordinary capital and influence.

How can we restore confidence back in our political and economic system? Join us for a conversation with Robert Reich as he calls upon Americans to instill fundamental change and demand that democracy works for the majority once again.

Speakers: Robert Reich Chancellor’s Professor and Carmel P. Friesen Chair in Public Policy, University of California Berkeley; Former U.S. Secretary of Labor; Author, The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It; Twitter @RBReich

In Conversation with Molly Wood Host and Senior Editor, “Marketplace Tech”; Co-Host “Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly”

NOTES Reich photo by Delaney Inamine

Vilified Beasts: All About Eels

The Agenda with Steve Paikin

Published on Aug 5, 2020

They’re not exactly fish, and they’re certainly not snakes that live in water. What they are – if you can get over the slithery, darting weirdness of eels – is fascinating: truly ever-changing, versatile and resilient. To discuss the remarkable characteristics of eels, Nam Kiwanuka welcomes Patrik Svensson, journalist and author of “The Book of Eels: Our Enduring Fascination with the Most Mysterious Creature in the Natural World;” and Steven Cooke, professor and Canada Research Chair of Environmental Science and Biology at Carleton University.

Off stage Interview 2020 – Author Dahr Jamail – The End Of Ice And The Climate Crisis: How Then,

The Real Truth About Health

Published on Aug 5, 2020

The End Of Ice And The Climate Crisis: How, Then, Shall We Live by Dahr Jamail

Dahr Jamail, a Truthout staff reporter, is the author of The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption (The New Press, 2019), The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan (Haymarket Books, 2009), and Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches From an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq (Haymarket Books, 2007). Jamail reported from Iraq for more than a year, as well as from Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Turkey over the last 10 years, and has won the Izzy Award and the Martha Gellhorn Award for Investigative Journalism, among other awards. His third book, The Mass Destruction of Iraq: Why It Is Happening, and Who Is Responsible, co-written with William Rivers Pitt, is available now on Amazon. He lives and works in Washington State.

Why is Trump trying to delay the election? | The 2020 Fix

Washington Post

Published on Aug 1, 2020

The Fix’s Amber Phillips breaks down how President Trump’s rhetoric about voting has gotten more extreme as he has sunk in the polls. Read more: https://wapo.st/315cXOt.

How Has COVID-19 Affected Climate Change?

VOA News

Apr 29, 2020

From Boston to Washington, DC, levels of nitrogen dioxide, one form of air pollution, are down by roughly 30% compared with the previous five years, according to NASA satellite data. Worldwide, skies have been clearer this year. Weather plays a part, but the shutdown of most of society from COVID-19 is a major factor.

Can the Lockdown Save the Planet?

Terra Mater

Apr 9, 2020

In recent weeks we’ve all been working hard to ‘flatten the curve’ and stop the spread of Covid-19 – but is there another curve we’re inadvertently flattening at the same time?

One of the by-products of the global measures imposed to curtail the virus has been a positive impact on the natural world.

Whether it’s a drastic drop in urban pollution or wildlife benefiting from improved access to food, the planet seems to have been getting a well-deserved break.

We examine some of these social-distancing side effects and ask an important question: could this be a lasting change? Thanks for watching and don’t forget to subscribe to be inspired by more topical content about the natural world! #terramatters

Quote Links:
[1] Business Insider: https://tinyurl.com/ws7qdaa
[2] European Space Agency / ESA: https://tinyurl.com/t89ets9
[3] European Space Agency / ESA: https://tinyurl.com/sdrvp6s
[4] Reuters: https://tinyurl.com/v4clvut & https://tinyurl.com/uprj5pr
[5] National Geographic: https://tinyurl.com/vp3wx4v
[6] Prof. Dr. Klaus Hackländer, BOKU University, Vienna: https://tinyurl.com/t92oyef
[7] Satoshi Fuji et al., Kyoto University: https://tinyurl.com/wwqvvlh
[8] Reuters: https://tinyurl.com/uprj5pr
[9] Sustainable Fashion Forum: https://tinyurl.com/qpkosgj

Lockdown Effects: https://youtu.be/1ye0L1s_gg8
Origins of COVID19: https://youtu.be/hsEeLRhYmIw

Why Egypt’s lifeline is drying up | Nile Conflict

Terra Mater

Jan 17, 2020

The River Nile. One of the world’s most ancient and legendary waterways, bringing life to otherwise inhospitable regions of Egypt. But the Nile is slowly dying, its tributaries and channels drying up and threatening the livelihoods of millions who depend on its nourishing waters.

Some of this is the natural cycle of the river – parts of the Nile have dried up before, making entire cities like ancient Meroe vanish. But a major construction project upriver is further endangering the life of the river. We explore what’s happening and look at the possible solutions to this impending tragedy.