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Bats, Magical Thinking and Death in the New “Coronacene” 11.5.2020 The Moderate Voice

A prescient TMV article from early last year republished In February 2019 I wrote the article reproduced below for this and another publication about the differing ways the two Chinas were approaching the legal treatment of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM; acupuncture, wildlife, cupping, etc.) In the article I chronicled the medical uselessness and some of […]

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How climate change is contributing to skyrocketing rates of infectious disease 7.5.2020 Raw Story
A catastrophic loss in biodiversity, reckless destruction of wildland and warming temperatures have allowed disease to explode. Ignoring the connection between climate change and pandemics would be “dangerous delusion,” one scientist said. The scientists who study how diseases emerge in a changing environment knew this moment was coming. Climate change is making outbreaks of disease […]
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Your Perfect Green Lawn Is a Buzz Kill 7.5.2020 Mother Jones
Since the post–World War II rise of suburbia, the great American lawn has beckoned with the promise of a grassy, orderly Eden surrounding a single-family fortress. For just as long, lawns have been sending bees and other pollinating critters the opposite message: Buzz off. That’s because the very essence of a lawn (closely shorn, uniform, weed-free) […]
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Editorial: Coronavirus is teaching us lessons on how to coexist with nature 6.5.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Wildlife scientists say we can bring our new delight in nature to the other side of the pandemic, if we're willing to keep the romance alive.

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Tunnel Vision: Lessons in the Impermanence of Permafrost 3.5.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Undark and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. To enter the Fox permafrost tunnel—one of the only places in the world dedicated to the firsthand scientific study of the mix of dirt and ice that covers much of the planet’s far northern latitudes—you must don a […]
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Republicans in tight races flee Trump as November election disaster looms: report 2.5.2020 Raw Story
According to a report in the New York Times, Republican officeholders in competitive districts fear Donald Trump’s unpopularity — particularly in light of his coronavirus failures and the subsequent collapse of the economy — will swamp their chances of holding onto their seats in November. As GOP lawmaker put it: “I’m holding on.” “It is […]
These Scientists Saw COVID-19 Coming. Now They’re Trying to Stop the Next Pandemic Before It Starts. 2.5.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Grist and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. It was late one night in January 2009, and Jonathan Epstein was standing on the roof of an abandoned storage depot near Khulna, Bangladesh, with the writer and journalist David Quammen along with a small team of veterinarians. The […]
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Trump is encouraging a corporate-backed astroturf ‘uprising’ against his own COVID-19 guidelines 19.4.2020 Raw Story
Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House. Donald Trump […]
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VICTORY: Federal Court Deals Another Blow To Keystone XL 18.4.2020 Crooks Liars
Indigenous rights groups and climate action campaigners credited their years-long effort to block the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline with securing the latest legal victory against TC Energy on Wednesday after a federal judge in Montana invalidated a water-crossing permit needed to build the pipeline. Judge Brian Morris ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued the permit without conducting a thorough assessment of the harm the pipeline would cause to endangered species in waterways along the oil infrastructure's planned route, which stretches 1,179 miles from Alberta, Canada to Nebraska. Morris ordered a suspension of construction and the USACE was ordered to complete a formal analysis of the pipeline's potential impact on endangered species. If completed, the pipeline would carry 830,000 barrels of tar sands oil per day. Groups including the Center for Biological Diversity, the Sierra Club, and the National Resources Defense Council joined indigenous groups in applauding the victory in ...
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Activists celebrate ‘tremendous victory’ as Federal court deals another blow to Keystone XL 16.4.2020 Raw Story
Indigenous rights groups and climate action campaigners credited their years-long effort to block the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline with securing the latest legal victory against TC Energy on Wednesday after a federal judge in Montana invalidated a water-crossing permit needed to build the pipeline. Judge Brian Morris ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers […]
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Editorial: Let's finally protect mountain lions from freeways, rat poison, and angry property owners 16.4.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Mountain lions in southern California are endangered by rat poison and development. Time to protect them.

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Opinion: California's plan to save Joshua trees is good for more than just U2 fans 14.4.2020 LA Times: Opinion

California officials moved a step closer Monday to protecting western Joshua trees as they face possible extinction from climate change.

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Impeachment. Primaries. Kobe. Coronavirus rushed in while our focus was elsewhere 12.4.2020 LA Times: Health

In January, scientists, public health officials and journalists were warning that the coronavirus was set to explode out of China. Few listened.

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Nature Is Bouncing Back During the Coronavirus Crisis—but for How Long? 11.4.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in the Guardian and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. The environmental changes wrought by the coronavirus were first visible from space. Then, as the disease and the lockdown spread, they could be sensed in the sky above our heads, the air in our lungs and even the […]
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‘Tiger King’ and America’s captive tiger problem 10.4.2020 The Moderate Voice

Many breeders say they’re stewards of conservation, but no captive tiger has ever been released into the wild. AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian Allison Skidmore, University of California, Santa Cruz Editor’s note: Netflix’s new docuseries “Tiger King” takes viewers into the strange world of big cat collectors. Featuring eccentric characters with names like Joe Exotic and Bhagavan […]

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While we fixate on coronavirus, Earth is hurtling towards a catastrophe worse than the dinosaur extinction 10.4.2020 Raw Story
At several points in the history of our planet, increasing amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have caused extreme global warming, prompting the majority of species on Earth to die out. In the past, these events were triggered by a huge volcanic eruption or asteroid impact. Now, Earth is heading for another mass extinction […]
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Why China's wildlife ban is not enough to stop another virus outbreak 3.4.2020 LA Times: Science

China's multibillion-dollar wildlife industry is driven by corporate interests and traditional Chinese medicine companies whose animal-based remedies are prescribed as treatment for the coronavirus.

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Activists slam China’s use of bear bile in virus treatment 2.4.2020 Raw Story
China has approved the use of bear bile to treat coronavirus patients, angering activists and raising fears it could undermine efforts to stop the illegal animal trade which is blamed for the emergence of the new disease sweeping the globe. The move comes just weeks after China banned the sale of wild animals for food, […]
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Op-Ed: COVID-19 shows that what we're doing to animals is killing us, too 2.4.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Pandemics will become ever more common because of our use of animals and the destruction of their habitats.

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It’s wrong to blame bats for the coronavirus epidemic 24.3.2020 Raw Story
Genomic research showing that the COVID-19 coronavirus likely originated in bats has produced heavy media coverage and widespread concern. There is now danger that frightened people and misguided officials will try to curb the epidemic by culling these remarkable creatures, even though this strategy has failed in the past. As an environmental historian focusing on […]
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