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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

COVID-19 mortality rates are higher in communities with poor air quality

A UCLA-led study found neighborhoods with the worst air pollution saw a 60% increase in deaths from COVID-19, compared with communities with the best air quality. By Dan Bacher Below is the press release from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health: LOS ANGELES (April 14, 2021) – A research project led by the UCLA Fielding […]

April 16th

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

Watch the video: Trump’s Covid-19 adviser urges families to get together on Thanksgiving since the old folks will be dead soon

In his latest anti-science appeal to Americans, White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Scott Atlas on Monday night called on families to ignore the guidance of public health experts who say the holiday season should not include indoor gatherings—suggesting to Fox News that families should take the risk even for elderly or sick relatives this Thanksgiving because they […]

November 17th

Restoring Science: Biden Transition names members of Covid-19 Advisory Board

The COVID-19 Pandemic is one of the most devastating issues facing the country at this time. Under Trump, the country has experienced the greatest number of deaths and infections by COVID of any country in the world. By Dan Bacher New cases are currently rising in at least 40 states, with more than 9.3 million total […]

November 10th

Media and Trump again downplay jobless benefit claims by leaving out hundreds of thousands of people

Even after 33 weeks of unprecedented numbers of Americans filing initial applications for unemployment benefits, much of the media continues to ignore the claims of hundreds of thousands of people even though the Department of Labor counts them. For example, in the week ending Oct. 31, the department reported Thursday, 751,000 out-of-work Americans filed initial claims from regular state unemployment insurance […]

November 6th

How the global coronavirus stimulus could put Paris Agreement on track

Around the world, governments have committed more than $12tn to kickstart economies that have been ravaged by the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is about 15% of global gross domestic product (GDP) and multiple times more than that put forward in the aftermath of the global financial crisis 10 years ago. At the same time, climate […]

October 25th

4 Reasons to Prioritize Electric Vehicles After COVID-19

COVID-19 has affected almost all aspects of transportation. For the public sector, economic shutdowns have gutted the tax revenue needed to buy and maintain government vehicle fleets. Perhaps no municipal entity has been hit harder than public transit agencies, which have seen ridership plummet by up to 97%. Some transit operators are close to bankruptcy, while some bus […]

October 23rd

Rebalancing climate investment under Biden: We can avoid climate change AND have good jobs

Pursuing trade and industrial policies that boost U.S. exports and eliminate the trade deficit while investing $2 trillion over four years in the nation’s infrastructure, clean energy, and energy efficiency improvements could support 6.9 to 12.9 million “good jobs” annually by 2024, according to an analysis published Tuesday. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The new report from […]

October 21st

Millions of face masks are being thrown away during COVID-19. Here’s how to choose the best one for the planet

Masks may help stop the spread of the coronavirus. But according to one estimate, if everyone in the United Kingdom used a single-use mask each day for a year, it would create 66,000 tonnes of contaminated waste and 57,000 tonnes of plastic packaging. By Mayuri Wijayasundara, Deakin University The Conversation Face masks are part of […]

October 16th

From COVID-19 to the climate emergency: Lessons from this global crisis for the next one

The COVID-19 pandemic can teach us many things about how climate change emergencies manifest themselves, and how humanitarian organizations can think and do things differently. Linn Biorklund Belliveau, York University, Canada The Conversation COVID-19 is itself linked to some of the same issues as human-influenced climate change. The outbreak in humans of any zoonotic virus, […]

October 14th

September jobs report: Coronavirus recovery is NOT on pace

Friday’s September jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is the last before the election. Despite having COVID-19, Donald Trump and his cohort of sycophants will no doubt make a big deal of this tally of jobs the economy added in September. Or rather the first two weeks of September and last two of August. That’s the […]

October 4th

Climate deniers once again misrepresent everything (NO, we don’t WANT a climate lockdown)

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve cautioned against celebrating the lockdown’s emission reductions, and called out how deniers misrepresent the economic shutdown as climate policy, complete with anti-semetic dog whistles. By Climate Denier Roundup Now they’re kicking the disinformation up a notch further, by attacking an academic who warned that we should take action on climate change now to prevent having to do something as […]

Another 1.5 million workers file for unemployment benefits in week 28 of the Pandemic Recession

It’s been 28 weeks since millions of people first applied for unemployment insurance benefits as much of the economy shut down to combat the spread of the coronavirus. We’ve seen nothing nearly as high as those numbers since March. But last week another 1.5 million Americans filed initial claims for regular state benefits or the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance […]

October 2nd

Coronavirus Recession is NOT bottoming out – new jobless insurance claims hit 1.5 million again

Twenty-seven weeks into the Coronavirus Recession, hundreds of thousands of Americans are still making new claims each week for unemployment insurance, 1.5 million of them last week. This indicates that while about half the people who lost their jobs after much of the economy was shuttered in March are now back on their old job […]

September 27th