Exploring the links between the coronvirus and the environment.
Fruits of the Desert
In the desert town of Real de Catorce, Mexico, the pandemic has highlighted an urgent need for food sovereignty.
Natalia Torres GarzónPhotographs by Antonio Cascio
Vast Coalition Calls on Biden to Impose National Moratorium on Water Shutoffs
More than 600 environmental, rights and religious groups to present draft order amid widespread shutoffs despite pandemic.
Nina LakhaniThe Guardian
The Lessons We Might Learn from Mosses
In a year of quarantine and remote learning, my children and I have found solace in the mossy world of our backyard forest.
Fishing for Sustainable Answers
As Covid-19 pushes demand for seafood traceability, how might new technologies support sustainable fisheries? Four experts weigh in.
Madagascar’s Lemurs May Never Recover from Covid-19
Cut off from tourism revenue, threats to East African nation’s biodiverse forests and endangered primates mount.
Scant Improvement in Living Conditions At San Quentin
Overcrowding continues to be a problem at California prison worst hit by the coronavirus crisis.
For centuries, the Quilombola people, descendants of escaped African slaves, have survived against insurmountable odds in the Amazon rainforest. Now industrial pollution and a pandemic are threatening their existence.
Cicero Pedrosa NetoAdriana AbreuSam Schramski
Wildlife Conservation Suffers as Covid-19 Cuts Ecotourism Revenue in Kenya
With visitor numbers down, Kenyan wildlife advocates need to consider alternative conservation funding streams.
Antarctic Researchers to Hitch Ride with Film Crew to Keep Longterm Study Going Amid Pandemic
Scientists have been monitoring seals and whales on Marion Island for nearly 40 years. Until last week, they thought Covid-19 was going to break their dataset.
Making Home Gardening a Little Easier During the Pandemic
West County DIGS is helping families offer their kids off-screen learning and enrichment by providing plant starts and gardening tips.
Amid Pandemic, Malaysia Grants Timber Giant Logging Permit on Indigenous Land in Borneo
Concession to extract timber from 148,000 hectares in upper Baram was granted despite repeated objections from local communities.
Soaring Covid-19 Numbers at San Quentin Expose the Public Health Impact of Mass Incarceration
Prisons and jails across the country are failing to adequately protect prisoners and staff from the pandemic.
‘Nature Is Trying to Tell Us Something’
Physician and climate expert Aaron Bernstein talks about the Covid-19 pandemic and bridging the gap between medicine and the environment.
Peas and Quiet: Urban Gardening in the Time of Covid-19
Across the US, gardeners are producing food, building community, and finding some calm during this time of uncertainty.
Pandemic Sets Back Abalone Restoration Effort in California
Mollusk researchers are pushing forward with their work as much as possible despite limitations.
How Wildlife Rescue Centers Are Coping with Covid-19
For many animal rescuers and rehabilitators, the pandemic has brought a new set of challenges.
Why the Covid Gardening Boom is About More than Food
With the disappearance of so much intimate encounter, the prospect of plunging our hands in the soil has gained extraordinary appeal.
Covid-19 and Africa’s National Parks: ‘Utter and Total Devastation’
Closed to tourists, pandemic is taking major toll on Virunga’s finances, local economy, as park reels from recent violence.
Wildlife Tourism Can Pose Disease Threat to Wild Animals
Tourism is a powerful conservation tool, but when people get too close, it can also facilitate spread of dangerous pathogens.
Covid-19 Stalls Rescue of Albatross Chicks from Giant Mice
Gough Island in South Atlantic is home to mutant rodents that feast on some 2 million young seabirds every year.
Mark BrownThe Guardian
BLM Planning Vast Overhaul of Greater Chaco Land Management Plan During Pandemic
Online comment sessions render many voiceless against plan prioritizing fossil fuel production on federal and Native lands in New Mexico, opponents say.
Fenceline Communities and Green Groups Call for EPA to End ‘Free Pass’ for Polluters
Agency’s current enforcement discretion policy undermines protection of environment and public health when we need it most, advocates say.
The Shale Bubble is Bursting. Let It.
Bail out people, not polluters.
After the Pandemic, Let’s Relearn How to Really Connect
I hope that when all this is over we will put our devices away when we are blessed again with social closeness.
US Pipeline Projects Move Forward Amid Covid-19 Crisis
Environmental advocates call for nationwide moratorium on pipeline construction and approvals, citing threats to environment, vulnerable communities, and workers.
Single-Use Plastics Are Not Safer
The plastics industry is exploiting people’s fears of contracting Covid-19 to push its agenda.
Emily DiFrisco and Sandra Curtis
Watching Wildlife While Social Distancing
Around the country, Covid-19 has shut down wildlife programs and nature walks. But on Cape Cod, marine mammals and shorebirds live on, and naturalists continue to observe.
Coronavirus Complicates Fight against Desert Locust Invasion in East Africa
Shutdowns could impede treatment and monitoring efforts, experts say, fueling further concern about food security in the region.
Years that Ask Questions, Years that Answer Them
In this year, we have learned beyond a doubt, what we never quite believed before — that we human beings are not in charge here.
Kathleen Dean Moore
Hit Hard by Covid-19, the Navajo Nation Finds ‘Strength in Sovereignty’
The tribe’s resourceful efforts to protect its people might help the Navajo Nation avert the worst projected outcome of this pandemic.
Born Out of Need, New Localized Food Networks are Emerging
The Covid-19 crisis underscores the flaws in our broken multinational food system. It also offers a chance at devising solutions.
Audrey Mei Yi Brown
Coronavirus Pandemic Leaves Indigenous Lands in Borneo at Risk
With in-person protests suspended amid shutdown, companies continue to destroy rainforest.
Why We Shouldn’t Push for a Closure of China’s ‘Wet Markets’
We should focus instead on getting wild and exotic animals out of what are essentially the Eastern equivalent farmers markets.
Looking Beyond Pangolins and Chinese ‘Wet Markets’ to a Culture of Racial Bias
The spread of Covid-19 exposes, exacerbates, and weaponizes existing socioeconomic inequities.
Don’t Let Disaster Capitalism Dictate the US-Kenya Trade Agreement
Trade policies written in the shadows while the public is distracted always have terrible consequences for working people and the planet.
EPA’s Enforcement Shutdown During Pandemic Puts Americans At Risk
Coupled with the agency’s deregulatory agenda, lack of monitoring and enforcement raises the risks faced by vulnerable communities living next to polluting industries.
In Crisis, Learning from Ecologies of Care
Transforming our relationship with nature can help us build the future we want as we recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
The COVID-19 Stimulus Package Must Do More for Food System Workers and Families
The stimulus doesn't go far enough to protect family-scale farmers, food workers, and local food businesses that have been hit hard by this crisis.
Chloe Waterman and Jason Davidson
Alberta Props Up Keystone XL Project With $7.5 Billion Cash Injection
Cash promise for the controversial oil pipeline comes just days after province cut $100 million from public education citing a funds crunch due covid lockdowns.
We Need Our Tropical Forests More Than Ever
Our violent disregard for biodiversity and our own part in the web of life has generated a perfect storm of global proportions.
Coronavirus Stimulus Plans Must Address Climate Crisis, Green Groups Say
Economic relief is essential, but it shouldn't entrench fossil fuel dependence across the global economy.
Fiona HarveyThe Guardian
Oil Freefall Shows US Economy ‘Still Too Reliant’ on Fossil Fuels
As coronoavirus pandemic shrinks demand for oil, experts say it's time to move towards alternatives.
Evangelical Group to Contact Indigenous Peoples in Amazon Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
A fundamentalist Christian organization has purchased a helicopter with plans to visit and convert isolated groups in remote Brazilian rainforest.
Stopping the Coronavirus: Knowing how Viruses Adapt from Animals to Humans
Due to continuing deforestation, bushmeat hunting, and caring for domestic animals, this will certainly not be the last deadly virus from wild animals to infect humans.
Frederick Cohan, Kathleen Sagarin, and Kelly Mei
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