Edition for 06 April 2020

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Climate change is only going to make health crises like coronavirus more frequent and worse (Business Insider)

  • While the world is currently facing down the COVID-19 pandemic, until we address an even broader issue  — climate change — we&aposll likely face additional pandemics for years to come.
  • Scientists have long warned that climate change will impact not just our environment, but also our health by increasing rates of infectious disease.
  • If the COVID-19 outbreak is any indication, that future may now be our reality – which is why we have to act on climate change.

Canada’s coronavirus response can shift economy’s direction to low-carbon: experts (Global News)

  • The end of the COVID-19 pandemic may be a long way off, but analysts are already looking ahead to how Canada could hasten its recovery and position itself for a low-carbon economy.
  • “Within that context, we’re starting to turn our minds to what does economic recovery look like.”
  • Pembina has its own list: funding and training for jobs more resilient to market swings, incentives for switching to electricity, support for industries that produce lower-carbon goods.

As Himalayas Warm, Nepal’s Climate Migrants Struggle to Survive (NY Times)

  • They are Nepal’s climate-change migrants, and there will be more.
  • “I love this village,” said Sonam Chhiring Gurung, 76, one of the final holdouts, “but I can’t survive here much longer.” Climate change is remaking the Himalayan region, putting at risk millions of South Asians who depend on its water resources and pushing mountain dwellers in northern Nepal, home to the world’s highest peaks, to build new settlements at lower altitudes.
  • Researchers estimate that the number of climate-change migrants — those fleeing natural disasters, droughts or other calamities — could reach a billion by the end of the century.

Koalas pushed to the brink of extinction, warn activists (National Post)

  • Drought, fires and land clearing have pushed Australia’s koalas to the brink of extinction, animal welfare groups warned yesterday (Sunday).
  • World Wide Fund-Australia found that since 2001, the number of koalas in Queensland had been reduced by half, while in New South Wales numbers may have declined by up to 61 per cent, according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

How Economists, Too, Are Taking On the Coronavirus Crisis (NY Times)

  • The pandemic has prompted many in the field to focus on ways to address it and anticipate its aftermath.
  • Mr. Greenstone was a co-author of a paper on the impact of the shutdowns and stay-at-home orders aimed at containing the outbreak.
  • Using estimates from the Environmental Protection Agency about the value of lives saved, the study estimated the benefits amounted to $7.9 trillion, or roughly $60,000 per U.S. household.

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