12 May 2020 Daily Digest of COVID-19 News and Analysis

CLIMATE CRISIS WEEKLY: TRUMP HAS ROLLED BACK 98 ENVIRONMENTAL RULES — NYT (9 MAY 2020)

Elektrek: Donald Trump promised to deregulate environmental and climate policies, and he’s delivered. Why did he want to do that? Because he thinks the rules are unnecessary, that industry can regulate itself, and he continues to actively try to save the fossil-fuel industry.

HOW BRAZIL’S ‘LITTLE TRUMP’ BOLSONARO IS USING COVID-19 CRISIS TO DESTROY THE AMAZON RAINFOREST (9 MAY 2020)

The Star: The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating its deadly march across the world, reaching what seems to be virtually every corner of the globe. But in terms of an enduring legacy, it may be in Brazil’s threatened Amazon rain forests where the damage to our planet will turn out to be most irreversible.

JANE GOODALL: COVID-19 IS A PRODUCT OF OUR UNHEALTHY RELATIONSHIP WITH ANIMALS AND THE ENVIRONMENT (COMMENTARY) (4 MAY 2020)

Mongabay: The world is facing unprecedented challenges. At the time of writing, the coronavirus COVID-19 has infected over 3.57 million people globally and as of the 4th of May  250,134 people have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.  At present, people in most countries around the world are self-isolating at home (either alone or with family), keeping social distance and reducing going outdoors to a minimum. Some businesses have totally closed down, some carry on with staff working from home, some people are temporarily laid off, and thousands of people around the world have lost their jobs. Already the economic cost of all this is catastrophic.

‘SO WHAT?’: BOLSONARO SHRUGS OFF BRAZIL’S RISING CORONAVIRUS DEATH TOLL (29 APRIL 2020)

The Guardian: More than 5,000 Brazilians have lost their lives to the coronavirus – even more people than in China, if its official statistics are to be believed. But on Tuesday night Brazil’s president shrugged off the news. “So what?” Jair Bolsonaro told reporters when asked about the record 474 deaths that day. “I’m sorry. What do you want me to do?”

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