Like most people of the world, Americans fail to see the broader significance of the pandemic. Perhaps you have some hours to fill in your stay-at-home schedule, and perhaps you’d enjoy recalling the days when we joined together for concerts and the like. Physical problems—climate change and the coronavirus being the pertinent examples—are all about time. But a few raised nagging questions about the safety of those chemicals and the integrity of the very labs testing them. That may be most obvious along our coastlines, where the ever-more-rapidly-rising sea is suddenly shifting what had been a line constant throughout human history. The connections between COVID-19 and climate change are real. The pandemic has radically changed the way the Vatican operates, with the Pope celebrating Palm Sunday mass in an empty church and the sites normally packed … He relied on Wall Street to dissipate the financial meltdown brought to America by Wall Street. In 2011, humans ware 32 percent and wild animals 1 percent of the animal population. Global warming, as I’ve argued before, is shrinking the size of the board on which we play the human game. He convinced China joining the United States in fighting climate danger. According to the British charity, Population Matters, some 10,000 years ago, humans made up 1 percent of the animal population. In addition, Trump and his sidekick, Mike Pence, spread confusion about the virus. To put teeth to these pioneering laws, President Richard Nixon in December 1970 founded the US Environmental Protection Agency. Wells Fargo, Citi, and Bank of America take up the next three places on the global table. The bad news: we humans are still root drivers in pandemics like this one. I never had any doubt that human health and the environment (air, water, wildlife) needed protection. I’m trying to capture how these larger paradigm shifts in how we think about land are realized in the built environment. The average number of "good quality air days" increased 21.5% in February, compared to the same period last year, according to China's Ministry of Ecology and Environment. In our modern times, however, not only we don’t ostracize these merchants of danger (corporate executives-oligarchs), but we subsidize them to do more of the same. Like past global epidemics, it’s a warning that nature has had it with the ecocidal proclivities of man. Horrible news from Australia, where the Great Barrier Reef is once again undergoing a massive bleaching event, perhaps its most widespread ever, as hot water sloshes across the coral. Another variable, of course, is physical space. About 67 percent of non-wild animals were food for humans. He left the chemical industry alone, and did nothing about pesticides or agribusiness. Ad Choices. They are deceiving themselves and threatening the rest of us. The fossil-fuel-divestment campaign was ridiculed at its start as a waste of time (“someone else will just buy the stock”), but, as it has grown, academic studies and corporate testimony are making its efficacy clear. The Nature of Crisis. My colleagues used to be very quiet about pesticides. Pope Francis says coronavirus may be ‘nature’s response’ to climate crisis. Like past global epidemics, it’s a warning that nature has had it with the ecocidal proclivities of man. We need policy to protect those who are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. A new report finds that “among all the countries and income classes in the study, the top 10% consume roughly 20 times more energy than the bottom 10%.”. A recent cartoon in a major German newspaper featured a drawing with a Corona truck kicking a climate change truck off the road: as the whole planet plunged into the Corona crisis, worries about our planet’s climate and, as I would add, the eminent loss of biodiversity have been put on hold. And what’s striking to me is how similar these two examples are. This week’s reflection has to do with time, which is a variable we seriously underappreciate. To revisit this article, select My⁠ ⁠Account, then View saved stories. Quick and drastic action can flatten the curve for coronavirus and free up healthcare resources, lowering death rates. Many other pre-modern people and Native Americans thought of the Earth as their Mother and Mother of the natural world. In this country, we delayed; the President didn’t want “the numbers” growing, and was convinced that it would somehow “go away” by itself, maybe when the weather warmed. He would replace fossil fuels with solar, wind and other renewable zero-carbon alternatives. A physician and great environmentalist in the UK, Rosemary Mason, shares my concern about pesticides. So they promoted a farrago of lies intended to quiet people’s fears, and the climate crisis gathered momentum. They even failed to reverse one of the most egregious damages the George W. Bush administration had inflicted on EPA: the destruction of the fabulous scientific document collections of the EPA library. As a result, we now have to act in far more disruptive ways. You can see it here and here, and it’s worth staring at, because it’s both stark and subtle. Lancet, 394 ( 10211 ), 1836 – 1878 . It shows that nothing much has changed: JPMorgan Chase remains the biggest backer of climate-destructive projects, having pumped more than a quarter of a trillion dollars into the fossil-fuel industry since the Paris climate accords. The cancer pandemic was killing and continues to kill millions. How would you describe your work on waterlines? He kept the national lands of the American West (some 450 million acres) open to fracking, oil drilling, mining, logging and feeding millions of cattle: all this destruction of public lands was for private enrichment. The 2019 report of The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: ensuring that the health of a child born today is not defined by a changing climate. Nature is sending us a message with the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing climate crisis, according to the UN’s environment chief, Inger Andersen. Locusts! The good news is, climate change is not directly at play with the coronavirus. I worked for the Office of Pesticide Programs, which administers the widespread use of petrochemical insect and weed killers of enormous deleterious power and reach. Newspaper headlines, articles, and books (like the 1962 Silent Spring by Rachel Carson) painted a giant picture of an abused and poisoned world. Yet Biden is beholden to his former boss, president Barack Obama. Ten years is the time we need to, at least, limit the chaos of climate change. Malm’s latest book, Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergency, adds the pandemic to the picture, “a global sickening to match the global heating”. These outrageous actions are changing climate and are warming and threatening planet Earth. The beach as a place of leisure is a constructed concept. What do you think it will feel like a few decades hence? Senator Bernie Sanders keeps saying that, if elected president, he would force these guys to play by the rules, play a less hazardous game, even put some of them out of business. Here’s a video of the Pathway to Paris climate concert, at Carnegie Hall, in November, 2017, featuring Patti Smith, Flea, and Joan Baez, who is in beautiful voice. Second, I am not an epidemiologist or virologist. To revisit this article, visit My Profile, then View saved stories. If so, we’ve clearly reached the point where whoever is supervising the action has handed the game over to a bored supervillain who is wildly pressing buttons: Pandemics! For example, the Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology in Hamburg, Germany, has been following the playbook of IBT, falsifying animal studies for the approval of pesticides. Yet he is more likely to win the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party. March 5, 2020, 10:23 AM • … By Julia Jacobo. The Earth, I think, is still beautiful, fruitful, alive and sacred. Do we need to adjust our thinking? Evidence is already emerging that shows, for instance, that air pollution is increasing the odds that people will die from COVID. Current climate change measures have taken little heed of the scale and progression of the environmental changes we are experiencing. 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You can already see real-estate values changing in cities like Miami, where developers are buying properties farther inland and pricing out less affluent residents of the community. The need for well remediation could provide ongoing work for precisely the workers who drilled them, allowing them an easier transition to the future. Your background is in architecture. My work really focusses on the coast as a liminal place, and the human engineering we’ve done to create a sense of permanence in spaces that were always meant to change. March 5, 2020, 10:23 AM • … In 1976, a government scientist, Adrian Gross, caught the country’s largest testing lab, International Bio-Test, committing fraud, an awful and criminal tradition that continues to this day. We had no right to export our religious fanaticism in polluting the air, water, and land and in threatening wildlife, especially already endangered species. Similarly, with climate change, we had effective warning in the late nineteen-eighties and early nineties. Climate change makes the risk of novel diseases much more explosive. These outrageous actions are … At the End of the Barrel of a Gun: From Voluntown, Connecticut to D.C. The pandemic is a cataclysmic event so big and disruptive that it can be measured in the planetary metrics of climate change. Sign up for Bill McKibben’s Climate Crisis newsletter and get weekly updates from inside the climate movement. The Homeric Hymn to Gaia (Earth) describes the Earth as mother of the gods and wife of heavens, very ancient Mother of All, which nourishes every single plant and animal. And this is truly mind-blowing to me: A 1 microgram per meter-cubed increase in particulate matter raised the chances of death from COVID by 15%. Yes, people are dying and the shutting down of the country has merits. 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