Daily Archives: May 4, 2021

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on new inoculation strategy and distributing vaccines abroad


PBS NewsHour

Published on May 4, 2021

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, a key member of the president’s team combating COVID-19, joins Judy Woodruff to discuss President Joe Biden’s aims to vaccinate 70 percent of all U.S. adults with at least one dose by July 4, and how a focus on rural communities will help achieve that goal, and how the U.S. plans to distribute vaccines abroad.

Pressure in India for national lockdown with more than 20 million Covid cases recorded – BBC News – YouTube


BBC News

Published on May 4, 2021

Pressure is mounting on India’s government to impose a national lockdown after the country recorded more than 20 million Covid infections.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing criticism as widespread shortages of oxygen and hospital beds continue in the worst-affected cities including the capital Delhi.

The country’s most popular sports tournament, the Indian Premier League, has been cancelled after a number of players tested positive.

Sophie Raworth presents BBC News at Ten reporting by Devina Gupta in Delhi.

US, China see increase in billionaires amid pandemic


RT America

Published on May 4, 2021

The pandemic proved to be a record-setting year for the world’s billionaires, who collectively saw a $5 trillion surge in wealth and the emergence of an unprecedented number of new billionaires. There are now 2,755 billionaires in the world, which is up 660 from the year prior. And for the first time, China has outpaced the US in the number of resident billionaires. “Boom Bust” co-host Christy Ai joins In Question to weigh in.

This doctor connects climate change with health


Grist – May 4, 2021

Patients trust their doctors with the intimate details of their lives, including struggles with housing, racism, or the immigration system. Gaurab Basu considers this a privilege. All healthcare providers are storytellers, and they can use these anecdotes to foster systemic change. The Center for Health Equity strives to equip them with the skills they need to advocate for better policies. What galvanized Basu was the 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, which chronicled the threats to everything he cares about as a doctor — dignity, equity, justice, health. He jumped into creating new curricula for medical professionals incorporating climate and equity; writing op-eds about planetary and human well-being; testifying about how to bring health into decisions about building or transportation policy; and generally mobilizing others to make these connections. “I get excited about a world in which we do this right,” he says.

How the Rich Caused Climate Change w/ Matt Huber

Jacobin– May 4, 2021

Rich people have enormous carbon footprints. But the fundamental problem with their climate impact isn’t what they consume — it’s that they own the means of production, and it’s extremely profitable for them to pollute.

Rede Social de Justiça e Direitos Humanos – Transnational corporations and land speculation in Brazil

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Africa’s Industrious Revolution & The Atlantic Empires: The Prior Plantations & the Origins & Functioning of the Atlantic System

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Africa Map Circle series..

Good Food For All: Global Youth Summit Dialogue


United Nations – 4 May 2021

This Tuesday, tune in as 100 youth from around the world gather for a vibrant #UNFSS2021​ Global Youth #SummitDialogue​ and a discussion on more sustainable future #FoodSystems​ for all! The Dialogue, convened by UN Food Systems Summit Special Envoy Agnes Kalibata and Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF, will host such speakers as Deputy-Secretary General of the UN Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, UN Envoy on Youth Jayathma Wickramanayake, Janya Green, agricultural extension specialist, and Jessica Vega Ortega, Indigenous Peoples Youth Leader, Mexico. Also featuring special appearances from Waffles + Mochi and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Emi Mahmoud.

More information: http://bit.ly/3ucbL9C#GoodFood4All

Food-matters,

Gravitas: Can India override vaccine patents?

WION – Apr 30, 2021

Only two out of 3,000+ pharma companies in India are producing Covid vaccines. With compulsory licensing, India can legally override vaccine patents and authorise more companies to produce jabs.

Urban gardening – Growing food in New York City

UN Environment Programme– May 4, 2021

Packed with concrete, cars and crowds, cities are among the most degraded environments on the planet. That is why urban areas are a focus of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The New York Restoration Project is an example of what can be done to restore urban ecosystems. The project works to expand green spaces and help more people connect with nature in the biggest and most densely populated city in the United States. The UN Decade launches on 5 June, World Environment Day, the biggest global day to celebrate and take action for the environment. Restoring ecosystems can help us to solve the climate and biodiversity crises as well as meet the Sustainable Development Goals. Watch this video and visit the UN Decade website for ideas on how you can join #GenerationRestoration​ this World Environment Day.

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