15 June 2020 Weekly Digest of COVID-19 News and Analysis

HOSPITAL’S COVID-19 POLICY SEPARATED NATIVE AMERICAN MOTHERS FROM THEIR NEWBORNS (14 JUNE 2020)

Truthout: Albuquerque, New Mexico — A prominent women’s hospital here has separated some Native American women from their newly born babies, the result of a practice designed to stop the spread of COVID-19 that clinicians and health care ethicists described as racial profiling.

ERASING 30 YEARS OF PROGRESS, COVID-19 PANDEMIC COULD LEAD TO MORE THAN ONE BILLION PEOPLE LIVING IN POVERTY: STUDY (12 JUNE 2020)

Common Dreams: The number of people living in poverty around the globe could eventually top one billion as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to researchers at Kings College London and Australian National University.

COVID-19 AND POLICE ABUSES HAVE EXPOSED AN UGLY TRUTH ABOUT AMERICA: RACISM KILLS (12 JUNE 2020)

The Guardian: Covid-19 has transformed the United States. It has forced the nation to confront an ugly truth about American life: racism kills. The pandemic’s path of destruction in New York City, for example, is heaviest in neighborhoods that were already reeling from the impacts of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and HIV/Aids. These are also the neighborhoods with the highest concentrations of working poor and low-income Black and Latinx families.

‘SURPRISINGLY RAPID’ REBOUND IN CARBON EMISSIONS POST-LOCKDOWN (11 JUNE 2020)

The Guardian: Carbon dioxide emissions have rebounded around the world as lockdown conditions have eased, raising fears that annual emissions of greenhouse gases could surge to higher than ever levels after the coronavirus pandemic, unless governments take swift action.

‘FINAL BLOW’ TO AVIATION CLIMATE PLAN AS EU AGREES TO WEAKEN RULES (9 JUNE 2020)

Climate Home News: In the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), called on the UN body responsible for aviation to ease airlines’ obligations to offset their emissions growth under a scheme known as Corsia.

OMISSION OF AIR POLLUTION FROM REPORT ON COVID-19 AND RACE ‘ASTONISHING’ (7 JUNE 2020)

The Guardian: The failure to consider air pollution as a factor in the higher rates of coronavirus deaths among minority ethnic groups is “astonishing” and “wholly irresponsible”, according to critics of a Public Health England review.

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