Pandemic

Poverty and Petrochemicals Converge as Hurricane Laura’s Devastation Exposes Entire Gulf Coast as ‘Sacrificial Zone’

With the full devastation caused by Hurricane Laura along the Gulf Coast in Texas and Louisiana still coming into view Friday, climate justice activists and other progressives are calling the destruction—credited with claiming at least 6 lives and potentially billions of dollars in damages—just the latest painful example of willful neglect by political leaders and …

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First Confirmed Coronavirus Reinfection Raises Immunity Concerns

A Hong Kong man has become the first confirmed patient to be reinfected with coronavirus, raising fresh concerns Monday that immunity to the potentially deadly virus may be short-lived.  A research team at the University of Hong Kong, led by Dr. Kelvin Kai-Wang, announced on Monday that a 33-year-old man who was first infected by SARS-CoV-2 …

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Analysis Shows Rapid and Reckless Reopenings Not Only Bad for Public Health—But the Economy Too

An analysis published in Forbes this week—just ahead of Friday’s federal jobs report—challenges the argument from many GOP politicians, including President Donald Trump, that rapidly reopening businesses and loosening restrictions in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic is somehow good for the economy. The United States continues to lead the world in Covid-19 cases and …

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Updated Species Extinction List Signals ‘Urgent Action Needed to Save Life on Earth’

The U.S.-based Center for Biological Diversity warned Thursday of the “urgent action needed to save life on Earth” in response to a new global assessment revealing that nearly 27% of over 120,000 analyzed plant and animal species are now threatened with extinction. “At this point it’s a matter of political will to rapidly move away …

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‘Completely Out of Control’: China Says ‘US Epidemic’ Threat to Rest of the World

A Chinese state-controlled newspaper has blamed the Trump administration’s mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic to cause the spread of the virus to go “completely out of control.” Describing the disease as a “U.S. epidemic”, the paper warned that the administration’s failure poses a threat to the rest of the world. “Lies are dominating US society’s …

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With New Infections Soaring, The Trump’s Host a July 4th Pandemic Party at the White House

Hundreds of thousands of people converged on a very hot Washington, DC Saturday afternoon, where U.S. President Donald Trump will host a private party in the midst of a pandemic. The Trumps are hosting a “2020 Salute to America” on the South Lawn of the White House. The “Salute” will include a speech that Trump …

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Trump Administration Sued for ‘Destructive’ Denial of Covid-19 Relief Loans to Small Business Owners With Criminal Records

A coalition of civil rights groups including the ACLU sued the Trump administration on Tuesday for denying coronavirus relief loans to small business owners with criminal records, arguing the restrictive policy violates the law and perpetuates systemic racial injustices by discriminating against people of color. “The excluded small business owners are more likely to be …

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‘This Is No Game’: Trump Considering Insurrection Act to Deploy Military to US City Streets as Protests Continue

President Donald Trump on Monday evening threatened to use the Insurrection Act of 1807 to deploy the U.S. military to the nation’s city streets if unrest over the killing of George Floyd did not calm. “Trump is rejecting the rule of law and proposing military action that is antithetical to basic premises of the American …

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Amid Global Pandemic—With Nearly 363,000 Dead—Trump Terminates US Ties With the World Health Organization

President Donald Trump at a White House press conference on Friday announced he was “terminating” ties to the World Health Organization, even as the global death toll from the coronavirus pandemic nears 363,000—including the more than 100,000 dead from the virus in the United States, many attributed to his own mismanagement of the crisis. While …

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As Nation Mourns 100,000 Dead, Trump Goes Golfing

President Donald J. Trump, who has faced mounting criticism for his administration’s mishandling of the coronavirus crisis and his lack of empathy throughout, decided to leave the White House on Saturday to play golf. Trump visited his Trump National Golf Club located just outside Washington, D.C., in Sterling, Virginia.  By CNN’s count, this was the president’s 357th visit …

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Consumer Groups Warn Against Shielding Corporate Giants From Covid-19 Liability Lawsuits

In a joint letter Wednesday to the Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress, six consumer rights groups expressed concern that “a broad range of businesses are seeking immunity from potential liability related to contracting Covid-19” and urged the federal lawmakers to block any attempts to weaken state-level protections. Public Citizen, Consumer Federation of America, Consumer …

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A Life of Heat ‘Near Unlivable’ for More Than 3 Billion People in Just Decades, Climate Report Warns

In the next five decades, more than three billion people—one third of the world’s population—could live in regions with climate conditions considered unlivable, according to a new study. Researchers at Washington State University, Nanjing University in China, and Wageningen University in the Netherlands examined the history of the conditions in which humans have comfortably lived, …

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In Another Record ‘We Should Not Be Breaking,’ Daily Average of CO2 Levels Hits High of 418.12 ppm

Climate scientists and campaigners reiterated their demands for urgent global action to dramatically reduce planet-heating emissions in response to a new record-breaking reading on Sunday of the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Experts and activists have long pointed at rapidly rising CO2 concentrations as evidence that …

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‘Dangerous and Irresponsible’: 40 Rights Groups Demand McConnell Stop Ramming Through Lifetime Judges During Covid-19 Crisis

As the U.S. Senate reconvened Monday with Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell planning to prioritize confirming right-wing judges to lifetime appointments, 40 civil rights groups demanded lawmakers halt the practice and instead get to work passing legislation to help frontline workers and  American families during the Covid-19 pandemic. The organizations sent a letter to McConnell …

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As World Joins Forces to Raise $8 Billion for Global Covid-19 Fund, US Contributes This Much: $0

President Donald Trump’s brand of “America First” isolationism was on full display Monday as the U.S. declined to participate in a international pledge drive which raised more than $8 billion during its kick-event to create a global fund to develop and deploy diagnostics, treatments, and vaccines to fight the coronavirus pandemic. “It is a pity …

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As Poll Show Nearly 90% Democratic Support, Biden Told Hostility to Medicare for All ‘No Longer Tenable Position’

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Calling US Postal Service ‘A Joke,’ Trump Demands Four-Fold Price Hike for Customers Amid Covid-19 Pandemic

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‘No Warming, No War’: Report Details How US Militarism and Climate Crisis Are Deeply Interwoven

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‘Never Heard of Anything Like This’: Watchdogs Sound Alarm as Trump Puts For-Profit Insurer in Charge of Covid-19 Hospital Funds

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As Oil Prices Fall Below $0 Per Barrel, Climate Advocates Urge Against Fossil Fuel Industry Bailout

The price of U.S. crude oil collapse to below zero for the first time on record, falling to negative-$37 per barrel and forcing oil producers to pay buyers to take the product off their hands.  As The Guardian reported last week, 160 million barrels of oil are being stored in tankers near shipping ports around the …

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‘Absurdity and Cruelty’ of US Healthcare System, Says Sanders, ‘Should Now Be Apparent to All’

Former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders took to the opinion section of the New York Times on Sunday to make the case that in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and an economic meltdown, “it’s imperative that we re-examine some of the foundations of American society, understand why they are failing us, and fight …

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As Mnuchin Claims Business Relief Deal ‘Very Close,’ Progressives Demand More of Democratic Leaders

After U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on CNN‘s “State of the Union” Sunday that a deal with congressional leadership to provide more relief to small businesses impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic could be finalized as early as the end of the day, some progressives highlighted what’s been left out of the emerging aid …

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WATCH: Global Citizen Hosts ‘One World: Together At Home’ Special to Support WHO’s COVID-19 Response

The anti-poverty movement Global Citizen on Saturday held “One World: Together At Home,” a globally livestreamed and televised special to celebrate the healthcare workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic and support the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization. The virtual concert, announced on April 6, was curated in collaboration with …

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Poll Shows Majority of Americans Support Canceling Rent and Suspending Mortgage Payments During Pandemic

New polling from the think tank Data for Progress shows that a majority of Americans across the political spectrum support canceling rent payments and suspending home mortgage payments during the coronavirus pandemic—results that bolster the argument for legislation introduced Friday by Rep. Ilhan Omar to provide relief to “the millions of Americans currently at risk …

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Ilhan Omar Bill Would Cancel All Rent and Mortgage Payments for Duration of Covid-19 Crisis

Rep. Ilhan Omar on Friday unveiled legislation aimed at providing relief to “the millions of Americans currently at risk of housing instability and homelessness” by canceling all rent and home mortgage payments for the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic. “The coronavirus crisis is more than just a public health crisis—it’s an economic crisis,” Omar, a …

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