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

JESSE JACKSON: ‘THE GATED COMMUNITY DOES NOT PROTECT YOU FROM THE PANDEMIC’ (18 MAY 2020)

The Guardian: The Rev Jesse Jackson was born in the racially segregated south when Franklin Roosevelt occupied the White House and war raged in Europe. He was an eyewitness to the assassination of Martin Luther King, campaigned against the Vietnam war and twice ran for US president. But, now an elder statesman of 78, he has never seen anything like the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 1 million Americans and killed more in April alone than died in Vietnam over 15 years.

TRAVELLING AT ‘FRIGHTENING SPEED’, CORONAVIRUS HAS HIT 38 INDIGENOUS GROUPS IN BRAZIL (14 MAY 2020)

SBS News: The coronavirus pandemic has hit 38 Indigenous groups in Brazil, raising fears for populations that have a history of being decimated by outside diseases, the Brazilian Indigenous Peoples’ Association (APIB) said Friday.

BRAZIL DEPLOYS THOUSANDS OF TROOPS TO PROTECT AMAZON’S TREES (11 MAY 2020)

Aljazeera: Brazil has deployed thousands of soldiers to protect the Amazon rainforest, taking precautions to avoid spreading the novel coronavirus, as the government mounts an early response to surging deforestation in the run-up to the high season for forest fires.

CORONAVIRUS IS A MAKE-OR-BREAK MOMENT FOR CLIMATE CHANGE, ECONOMISTS SAY (11 MAY 2020)

Grist: A decade ago, as world economies clawed their way back from the global financial crisis of 2008, climate experts pushed nations to adopt green spending plans that would boost renewable energy and cut fossil-fuel emissions. Now, as countries face crumbling financial markets and skyrocketing unemployment, a group of leading economists warns that the coronavirus pandemic could be our last chance to prevent catastrophic climate change.

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