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Covid Thanksgiving: How to cook a turkey like a pro (even if it’s your first time)

Thanksgiving in the Coronavirus Pandemic era is a completely different bird. If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent most of your life celebrating this most American of holidays in the traditional way – with a boatload of family, friends, and assorted hangers on. But not this year… this year, in order to prevent the further […]

November 25th

How to host a safe Thanksgiving meal during coronavirus – an epidemiologist explains her personal plans

Like many people in this unusual year, I am adjusting my family’s holiday plans so that we can all be safe during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. I am an epidemiologist and mother of four with a large extended family. Given the serious nationwide resurgence of COVID-19 infections, gatherings of family and friends over the upcoming […]

November 24th

Earth Day 2021: The roots of our current environmental crisis go back 12,000 years

Our global civilization may be doubting its mastery of the Earth as we temporarily close the shutters on many of our societies because of COVID-19. Among ecology scholars, one conversation has been about how wildlife and habitat destruction and ecosystem destabilization could be linked to our current pandemic. Some even argue — as ecology scholar […]

April 22nd

Solar advocate and climate hawk Denis Hayes, coordinator of Earth Day 1970, talks about the future

51 years ago, halfway through a 13-month prison sentence for refusing the draft, I missed the first Earth Day. But for most of the half century since then I’ve spent at least part of my time engaged in environmental advocacy, frequently working with or highlighting the work of people for whom environment means life. By […]

April 22nd

New research suggests 1.5C climate target will be out of reach without greener COVID-19 recovery plans

The amount of carbon dioxide that we can still emit while limiting global warming to a given target is called the “remaining carbon budget,” and it has become a powerful tool to inform climate policy goals and track progress towards net-zero emissions targets. This carbon budget is like a fixed financial budget: there is a […]

January 26th

After a holiday dip, initial unemployment benefit claims rose 31% last week to 1.25 million

As expected, applications for initial unemployment benefits rose in the week ending Jan. 9, to 1.25 million, the Department of Labor reported Thursday. The numbers had fallen below a million the previous week for the first time in the 42 weeks since the response to the coronavirus pandemic crippled large parts of the economy and sent millions into the jobless […]

January 15th

Post-pandemic cities can permanently reclaim public spaces as gathering places

Will the COVID-19 pandemic prompt a shift to healthier cities that focus on wellness rather than functional and economic concerns? This is a hypothesis that seems to be supported by several researchers around the world. In many ways, containment and physical distancing measures have contributed to an increased recognition of the importance of public space […]

January 7th

War on Science: At current pace, Project Warp Speed will take TEN YEARS get vaccine to all Americans

If the Trump administration’s coronavirus vaccine distribution effort continues at its current sluggish pace, it would take nearly a decade for the United States to inoculate an adequate number of Americans to rein in the deadly pandemic. That’s according to an analysis released Tuesday by NBC News, which found that the U.S. is nowhere near on track to meet the […]

December 31st

How to keep COVID-safe this Christmas

It’s Christmas 2020 and COVID-19 is unfortunately still here. Many people are visiting loved ones, including vulnerable family members. So, to try to keep our loved ones safe during this festive period, there are two questions we need to answer: what’s the best thing to do for me and my family this Christmas? And if we […]

December 25th

The truth about deficits (Covid relief edition)

Still unable to agree on all elements of a financial relief package to help keep the economic damage from the Pandemic Recession from getting worse, Congress passed and Donald Trump quickly signed a temporary, two-day extension of overall federal spending Friday to give lawmakers another two days to continue negotiating those elements without a government shutdown. House Majority Leader Steny […]

December 20th

Inequality is about to get MUCH worse, as McConnell and GOP continue to block Covid relief for average Americans

For many out-of-work Americans, the end of unemployment benefits is just around the corner if Congress doesn’t act, a failure that will slash $19 billion in income each month. Hungry people are lining up in droves at overwhelmed food banks, a situation that will inevitably swell without those benefits. And without an extension of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) […]

December 2nd

Lessons from the Great Recession for COVID-19 Green Recovery

Governments are in uncharted territory as they respond to the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic — but that doesn’t mean they can’t learn from the past. The most recent comparison is the global financial crisis that began in 2007. It was a smaller economic downturn than what we are experiencing today and the world didn’t […]

November 30th

Coronavirus pandemic cuts greenhouse gas emissions in 2020, but it’s just a blip

The World Meteorological Organization reported that global emissions this year will fall as much as 7%. But that decline won’t make a long-term difference in the addition of the three most powerful greenhouse gases in our already over-burdened atmosphere, the WMO stated in its annual greenhouse gas bulletin. By Meteor Blades They just accumulated at a slower […]

November 29th

Trump crows about the stock market – as food bank lines swell and another 1.1M file for unemployment

As hospitals filled with ever-more coronavirus patients, food bank queues swelled, new applications for unemployment insurance rose for the second straight week, and there was zero sign that Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans would support Democratic proposals for economic relief anytime soon, Donald Trump made the briefest of no-questions-allowed appearances Tuesday to crow about the Dow Jones industrial average passing 30,000 […]

November 27th

Bob Dylan brings links between JFK assassination and coronavirus into stark relief

Over the past few weeks, the coronavirus has turned the country’s cultural spigot off, with sports suspended, museums closed and movies postponed. But the virus hasn’t stopped Bob Dylan, who, during the lockdown, composed “Murder Most Foul,” a 17-minute long song about the Kennedy assassination, which transfixed the nation 57 years ago today. Aniko Bodroghkozy, […]

November 22nd