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

WE OFTEN ACCUSE THE RIGHT OF DISTORTING SCIENCE. BUT THE LEFT CHANGED THE CORONAVIRUS NARRATIVE OVERNIGHT (8 JUNE 2020)

The Guardian: Racism is a health crisis. But poverty is too – yet progressives blithely accepted the costs of throwing millions of people like George Floyd out of work.

POLICE USE OF TEAR GAS COULD MAKE THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC WORSE (6 JUNE 2020)

Truthout: When Amira Chowdhury joined a protest in Philadelphia against police violence on Monday, she wore a mask to protect herself and others against the coronavirus. But when officers launched tear gas into the crowd, Chowdhury pulled off her mask as she gasped for air. “I couldn’t breathe,” she said. “I felt like I was choking to death.”

PANDEMIC AND DIGITAL DIVIDE THREATEN ACCURATE CENSUS COUNT OF NATIVE POPULATIONS (5 JUNE 2020)

Truthout: Every 10 years, the U.S. government undertakes the largest peace-time mobilization effort to count the nation: the U.S. census. Census data is used in a variety of ways. It determines everything from how many congressional representatives communities have, the apportioning of federal funds for community needs, the enforcement of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the health of the U.S. economy.

EARTH’S CARBON DIOXIDE LEVELS HIT RECORD HIGH, DESPITE CORONAVIRUS-RELATED EMISSIONS DROP (4 JUNE 2020)

The Washington Post: The coronavirus pandemic’s economic downturn may have set off a sudden plunge in global greenhouse gas emissions, but another crucial metric for determining the severity of global warming — the amount of greenhouse gases actually in the air — just hit a record high.

BLACK AND MINORITY AMERICANS MORE LIKELY TO GET COVID-19, HOUSE PANEL HEARS (4 JUNE 2020)

The Guardian: Black and minority Americans are more likely to be infected and die from Covid-19, because structural racism has left those populations with inferior health, housing and economic conditions, witnesses told a House subcommittee on the coronavirus crisis on Capitol Hill on Thursday.

WE INTERRUPT THIS PANDEMIC… WITH DEMANDS FOR JUSTICE AND HEALING (3 JUNE 2020)

Common Dreams: The call to “reopen” society isn’t just about stores and bars; it’s about reopening ourselves to the reality of a system that is built on racism, violence, and injustice.

JANE GOODALL: HUMANITY IS FINISHED IF IT FAILS TO ADAPT AFTER COVID-19 (3 JUNE 2020)

The Guardian: Humanity will be “finished” if we fail to drastically change our food systems in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the climate crisis, the prominent naturalist Jane Goodall has warned.

PANDEMICS RAPIDLY RESHAPE THE EVOLUTIONARY AND ECOLOGICAL LANDSCAPE AND HAVE CASCADING SOCIAL, ECONOMIC EFFECTS (2 JUNE 2020)

Phys.org: Like human pandemics, plant pandemics are also associated with the coming of the Anthropocene and first started appearing with the rise of an interconnected world.

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