Coronavirus

Science denialism: How Climate Change paved the way for COVID-19

It is a bit eerie: Scientific warnings are bypassed for political convenience, misinformation propagates on social media sites to prey upon those susceptible to unprecedented political polarization, and prominent Republican politicians heed upon economic worries to sow doubts that solutions are too expensive or potentially repressive. No, I’m not describing climate change- but the public […]

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‘Global village’: Indigenous nations’ fight to protect Amazon rainforest is pivotal to global public health

Last year, global attention briefly coalesced around fires ravaging the Amazon Rainforest. As the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, continues to affect the whole world, Branch Out reported in the past weeks that deforestation is the leading cause of new infectious diseases. In addition to threatening global public health, deforestation threatens the very existence of the Indigenous […]

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Coronavirus and the Climate: A Singular Crisis

Introduction The ongoing pandemic of the novel coronavirus – COVID-19 – is already affecting all our lives. While the full extent of its spread and resultant mortality is yet to be seen, there is no doubt that in terms of media coverage, social dynamics, economic consequences and government reaction, something unprecedented is happening. Far from […]