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

BRAZIL TO WEAKEN ENVIRONMENTAL SAFEGUARDS AMID INCREASE IN DEFORESTATION (29 APRIL 2020)

Unearthed: With attention focused on the escalating healthcare crisis in Brazil, the administration of Jair Bolsonaro is attempting to push through new rules which would weaken safeguards against the invasion of indigenous lands and the deforestation of the Amazon.

CORONAVIRUS IN RUSSIA: ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTESTS GO ONLINE (27 APRIL 2020)

DW: On Tuesday, various opposition groups plan to hold an online protest against planned constitutional reforms, which could keep Russian President Vladimir Putin in power until 2036, far beyond his current term limit. The organizers of the protest, dubbed “For Life,” are also demanding “urgent measures to save people and the country during the crisis” that has resulted from the coronavirus pandemic.

CORONAVIRUS: US BILLIONAIRES ADD $282BN TO THEIR WEALTH IN JUST 23 DAYS AS MILLIONS LOSE JOBS (27 APRIL 2020)

Independent: A new study from a progressive think tank has found that while the coronavirus pandemic was exploding across the US, the country’s billionaires saw their combined wealth surge by $282bn – with eight of them netting more than $1bn each since the beginning of the year.

AGRIBUSINESS IS USING THE COVID-19 CRISIS TO SLASH FOOD-WORKER WAGES (27 APRIL 2020)

Medium: The coronavirus pandemic has exposed many of our society’s frailties — and here’s a big one: In the 21st century, we still operate our farms and food systems as if they were a 19th-century plantation.

10 YEARS AFTER BP OIL SPILL, PANDEMIC COMPOUNDS HARDSHIPS FACED BY LOUISIANA’S COMMERCIAL FISHERS (22 APRIL 2020)

Desmog: A decade after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded, killing 11 and spewing 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, south Louisiana resident Kindra Arnesen told me that the community was never made whole again, despite BP’s ads promising it would.

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