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Climate Change Should Be Our Priority in the Post-Pandemic Era

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/12/09/climate-change-should-be-our-priority-post-pandemic-era

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“We can all breathe a little easier now that the United States voted in an administration that appears to understand the gravity of the climate crisis.”

I’ll believe it when I see it, but let’s hope we can wrangle some sense into them.

Kiribati, eh? They should know, and we should pay attention to them.

When I was growing up (long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away) the scam that had become a joke was offering to sell the mark the Brooklyn Bridge for $100. Since nobody younger than 50 has any idea what that meant, I modified it for my Economics students as an example of something that sounds too good to be true and isn’t: “And if you believe that, I have some lovely oceanfront property in northwest Georgia that I will sell you at a very attractive price. It isn’t oceanfront now, but it soon will be.”

Of course that’s an even greater exaggeration than selling the Brooklyn Bridge for $100, but it’s too close to the truth for the people of Kiribati.



The Sea-Bed Mining Bonanza

Mining firms see the deep-sea bed as the last frontier for a mineral extraction boom. Technological hurdles have been overcome. Exploration permits for the international seabed already cover an area equivalent in size to France and Germany combined, and that area is likely to expand rapidly, despite the risks to biodiversity. 20 countries are now actively engaged in deep-sea mining exploration.
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Central America’s Catastrophe

More than 400,000 people in Honduras and Guatemala are in urgent need of humanitarian aid.

140,000 homes were destroyed by deadly storms Eta and Iota and 330,000 people have been cut off from emergency assistance as a result of damaged roads and communication systems in Honduras.
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Latin America is facing a pandemic of malnutrition. Hunger and obesity are rising side by side in the region. The working poor who can’t afford a nutritious diet are suffering at times from a lack of food and at others from an overabundance of poor-quality food.



Protecting the park

James Mwanza, community outreach manager at Kasanka Trust, which manages the park, says commercial agriculture is the main threat to natural resources which the bats and communities surrounding the park depend on.

Already, 10,000 hectares (24,711 acres) of pristine forest inside a 5km (3.2-mile) buffer zone around the park prohibited for development within the Kafinda game management area, has been cleared for commercial farming, according to Mwanza.


New Delhi, India –

Excessive amounts of lead and nickel were found in the blood samples of patients who had fallen sick due to a “mysterious disease” in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, a medical official has told Al Jazeera.

More than 500 people in Andhra Pradesh’s Eluru town fell ill, reporting nausea, seizures and fainting on Saturday. At least one person died due to the illness on Sunday.
On Tuesday, Indian authorities said they were investigating if organochlorines which are used as pesticides or in mosquito control had caused the outbreak.

Federal legislator GVL Narasimha Rao, who is from the state, said on Twitter that he had spoken with government medical experts and that the “most likely cause is poisonous organochlorine substances”.


Biden’s picks so far should tell you how much of a priority Climate Change will be for Biden (if it gets in the way of corporate profit


We can reverse global warming every day with our forks. The soil can hold 2-3 times the carbon as the atmosphere and above ground vegetation combined. By eating food produced with regenerative agriculture we can feed that market and starve industrial agricutlure which is the major contributor to global warming.
The Netflix film “Kiss the Ground” beautifully presents how. The surprising thing is that it can be done rapidly and we don’t have to give up our gas guzzlers to do it. Switching to ethanol for a liquid fuel would make the process faster. If we totally switched to regenerative agriculture, within 10 years the atmosphere would be cooling and the ice sheets would stop melting. We can start by boycotting industrial agriculture products and pushing for a regenerative label for food.

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Yes! we can vote with our wallets. Thank you for the good comments.


The Old Arctic Is Gone
Scientists have spent the past 15 years pulling together data about the Arctic into an annual report card. What’s become clear in the 15 iterations of the report is nothing will be the same for centuries to come, and the shifts are happening faster than anticipated.


The Arctic, an area about twice the size of the United States, has this year in 2020 been more than 12 degrees above the average from 1981-2010.

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“…Post-Pandemic Era.” Who says if and when there will be a post-pandemic era? Even if we do attain a post-Covid 19 era, that does not preclude another pandemic from another source or, more likely, economies so shattered that long term climate change solutions won’t take a back seat to immediate needs for food, jobs, and housing. The drive for the moral high ground might be replaced by societal collapse in the search for literal high ground.