Edition for 05 April 2020

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Coronavirus: How environmental destruction influences the emergence of pandemics (Global News)

  • The novel coronavirus has infected more than 1 million people worldwide While experts say it’s too early to tell whether the novel coronavirus could be connected to climate change, many researchers had sounded the alarm for years that some sort of pandemic was coming — largely due to how the world has developed.
  • There are a number of drivers that can contribute to the emergence and transmission of diseases, including climate change, globalization and land use changes, such as urbanization and deforestation, according to Katie Clow, a One Health professor at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph.

Will SARS-CoV-2 have a long-term impact on the climate? (Ars Technica)

  • The cessation of manufacturing and transportation in Hubei province has caused a drop in air pollution levels all over China so dramatic—emissions were estimated to be down 25 percent—that the relative dearth of both nitrogen dioxide and carbon dioxide in the air can be observed from space.
  • Already, there are alarming indicators that COVID-19 will serve our government as a distraction from their climate-change-denying (and promoting) agenda.
  • Trump is pushing through environmental rollbacks, some of which require a 30-day comment period (there can be no public hearings because of the virus).

Water, the sole global hope for food security (Bangkok Post)

  • Of course, this presents a collision course because while more and more water is needed for food production, less and less will be available for irrigation because of municipal and industrial demands and also global warming due to climate change.
  • Thus, producing more food with less water, and at lower financial and environmental cost, is a major challenge for the 21st century.
  • This year's theme is "Water and Climate Change".

Letter: Lockdown has resulted in epiphanies for many (The Mercury News)

  • But remote work has also had an unforeseen effect on climate change by reducing traffic-congestion and thereby reducing carbon emissions, which is one of the biggest culprits of climate change.
  • However, as mentioned in Nico Savidge’s recent article, if we are to reduce traffic congestion with the intent of slowing climate change, we are going to need an actionable policy that addresses the economic recession that may follow the pandemic.

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through April 4) (Singularity Hub)

  • Doing so could provide carbon-free energy.
  • But any plan to make nuclear power a big part of the energy mix also comes with serious financial risks as well as questions about if there’s enough time to enlist an army of nuclear power plants in the battle against the climate crisis.”

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