21 April 2020 Daily Digest of COVID-19 News and Analysis

CLIMATE CHANGE MULTIPLIES THE THREATS OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES (19 April 2020)

Truthout: As the novel coronavirus continues to rage like a wildfire across the planet, its devastating toll has left many asking whether climate change — another multifaceted phenomenon with global reach — has played a part in spreading, even triggering, the pandemic. Some, like Katharine Hayhoe, a climate change scientist and professor of public policy at Texas Tech University, have been able to provide answers.

COVID-19 & INDIAN COUNTRY: PANDEMIC EXPOSES NAVAJO NATION’S WATER ACCESS CRISIS & HEALTH DISPARITIES (15 April 2020)

Democracy Now! As the COVID-19 death toll continues to rise in the U.S., fear is mounting that the spread of the virus could devastate tribal communities. We look at how the coronavirus is impacting Indian Country with Dean Seneca, a citizen of the Seneca Nation and epidemiologist who spent nearly 20 years as a senior health scientist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Navajo activist and artist Emma Robbins, director of the Navajo Water Project, a community-managed utility alternative that brings hot and cold running water to homes without access to water or sewer lines. “One of the hardest things right now is being able to wash your hands in the Navajo Nation,” says Robbins. The Navajo Nation is the largest tribal nation in the United States and the hardest hit by the outbreak, with nearly 30 deaths and more than 830 confirmed cases.

MORE LOGGING IN NATIONAL FORESTS ON TRUMP ANTI-VIRUS AGENDA (14 April 2020)

Bloomberg Law: The Trump administration is allowing loggers to extend their tree-cutting contracts in national forests to support the timber industry during the coronavirus pandemic and to help national forests create jobs after the crisis ends. “Having numerous economically viable timber purchasers is also essential as employment and the national economy recovers following the COVID-19 pandemic,” the U.S. Forest Service said in a Federal Register notice to be published Wednesday.

SAVE THE DATE! 27 APRIL 2020: ASIA REGIONAL WEBINAR: UNSUSTAINABLE LIVESTOCK FARMING AND ITS ALTERNATIVES IN A TIME OF COVID-19

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