Archive for April 21st, 2020

21/04/2020

Covid-19: Brazil’s Bolsonaro Trumps Trump

Human Wrongs Watch

SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 21 2020 (IPS) – Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro appointed medical entrepreneur Nelson Teich his new health minister on 17 April. The businessman quickly echoed his boss’ desire to resume business as usual regardless of its potentially lethal consequences.

Bolsonaro had fired his previous health minister, displeased by Luiz Henrique Mandetta’s public remarks on the need for lockdowns and physical distancing.

Mandetta’s firing was met with outrage across Brazil. Locked-down citizens banged pots and pans, shouting “Bolsonaro Murder”.

In his final briefing as minister, Mandetta urged staff to challenge “denialism” and mount an “unyielding defence of life and science”. “Don’t be afraid”, he said, “Science is light … and it is through science that we will find a way out of this.”

Covid-19 apocalypse
Meanwhile, Brazil has begun digging large graveyards ahead of an anticipated peak of the national Covid-19 epidemic. In Sao Paulo’s Vila Formosa cemetery, the largest in Latin America, about 20 excavators are digging graves around the clock.

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21/04/2020

Take the Oceans Video Challenge Now from Home

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Palancar Reef – Cozumel. Photo by Jett Britnell / Coral Reef Image Bank

21 April 2020 (UN Environment)* — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many across the word are figuring out how to move forward with day-to-day activities as the plans to addresses the health, socio-economic and recovery issues take shape.

But nature, now more than ever, needs us to pay attention to its warning signals and to take care of it so it can take care of us.

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21/04/2020

How Some Pacific Women Are Responding to Climate Change and Natural Disasters

Human Wrongs Watch

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Women in the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu are dealing with six crises currently – COVID 19, drought, scarcity of potable water, and volcanic ash, acid rain and sulphur gas as there are several active volcanoes on the island. But global women’s rights organisations are collaborating with regional alliances in supporting local women.

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