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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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Ecological

The hidden danger of lockdowns: Indoor air pollution

As lockdowns were imposed in countries around the world, news of improved environmental conditions started flooding social media feeds. In the the US, air pollution was reported to have dropped by 30%. Meanwhile, levels of carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds inside homes increased by 15 to 30%.  In this article for Scientific American, Emily Anthes […]

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Ecological

COVID shows us that human, animal, and environmental health are interconnected

In this article for The Star, Jeff Wichtel underscores the reality that our changing world conditions have created the right environment for a virus like SARS-COV-2 to flourish. Wichtel says that human activity has made us susceptible to zoonotic diseases, and the solution to this problem requires more than the avoidance of animal markets. For Wichtel, […]