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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

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

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