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Covid&Climate Emergency

The return of plastic

Before the pandemic, the call for eradicating plastic was resounding. But the pandemic has brought with it the resurgence of plastic, as well as the quieting down of the conversations about the climate crisis. This feature by The Guardian features various images of the how plastic has reclaimed its role in our daily lives. Editor’s Note:  The zero […]

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Covid&Climate Emergency Ecological

Climate crisis worsens amidst the pandemic

For some cities, smog has lifted and rivers are now running clear. The shutting down of many countries has led to the healing of the environment. Or so we thought.  In this article for The Washington Post, author Ishaan Tharoor says that environmental healing during the pandemic was no more than an illusion. In fact, carbon […]

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Loss of wildlife habitats & new pandemics Societal

Preventing the next pandemic

A new report published by the United Nations Environment Program says that our responses to the coronavirus will not prevent the emergence of future pandemics as they are designed to address only the health and economic symptoms of the true problem.  The report shows that even before COVID-19, zoonotic diseases already claim the lives of […]

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Integral Theory of Health Covid&Climate Emergency

Rewilding urban spaces can strengthen the human immune system

This article by Medical Xpress explores the result of a study conducted by a team from the University of Adelaide which discovered that revegetation of urban spaces not only improved soil microbiota, it also offered benefits for human health. According to the study’s lead author, Jacob Mills, children who spend time outdoors encounter microbes which reduces stress […]

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Covid&Climate Emergency Ecological Societal

COVID-19 highlights the need for clean water

Even before COVID-19 struck, the United Nations already warned against the decreasing supply for clean water. At least 2 billion people around the world are forced to drink contaminated which has led to diseases and deaths.  In this article for the National Observer published last April 22, 2020, author Maude Barlow says that supply of clean water […]

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Ecological Loss of wildlife habitats & new pandemics

Factory farms are breeding grounds for pandemics

The following article from The Guardian shows us that our individual choices have an impact on health and the overall wellbeing of nations.  Authors Jonathan Safran Foer and Aaron Gross reveal to us that the emergence of COVID-19 is not unique, and that it is likely to happen again. Foer and Gross tells the story of the […]

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Covid&Climate Emergency

A great danger awaits Africa

The following article was written in February 2020 by Kaan Devecioglu, long before the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic. In it, Devecioglu analyzes the possible effects of the pandemic in Africa, and why it can lead to more drastic impact to the continent compared to others. For Devecioglu, the economic and societal damage will be […]

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Covid&Climate Emergency

Why the next pandemic will come from wildlife

Long before the novel coronavirus, David Quammen already foresaw that a new pandemic will arise, and he also predicted that it will come from wildlife. The article attached below written by Quammen for Yale Environment 360 in 2012 explains why he thinks that zoonotic diseases can crossover to humans and explores the possible impacts of such an […]