Monday, October 18, 2021

How urban planning and housing policy helped create ‘food apartheid’ in US cities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that 54.4 million Americans live in low-income areas with poor access to healthy food.

Ending the pandemic will take global access to COVID-19 treatment and vaccines – which...

If pharmaceutical companies don’t voluntarily help people in poor countries, those governments can do what they’ve done in past health crises: let other companies produce generic versions of patented medicines, to protect the common good.

Cannabis Americas Common Sense Crops

Thirty-two states have legalized medical marijuana in some form or another. With the help of some reform-minded activists and the general public, are our politicians starting to come to their senses on cannabis?

Living near a toxic waste site could lower life expectancy by a year, study...

“The long-term effect of the flooding and repetitive exposure has an effect that can transcend generations.”
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Inequality virus: Pandemic widens wealth gap for women, people of color as billionaire profits...

“In every country that we looked at, inequality has gotten worse during the pandemic.”

US coronavirus deaths pass 200,000 as new surge in cases begins

The U.S. is not alone as the weather starts to change and restrictions ease up slightly.
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People’s vaccine: Calls grow for equal access to coronavirus vaccine as rich countries hoard...

A growing movement is calling for the development of a people’s vaccine and the suspension of intellectual property rights to expand access.

Global health leaders hail ‘monumental moment’ in Covid-19 fight as US supports vaccine waiver

“Countries that continue to oppose the WTO waiver—such as European Union countries, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, Norway, Japan, and Brazil—must now take action, too.”

Inequalities are shaping how we’re fighting the pandemic — and how we’ll remember it

Covid-19 infections in most countries have been hugely underestimated — not least because rich countries bought almost all the tests.

For some Indigenous, COVID presents possibility of cultural extinction, says Myrna Cunningham

For Indigenous peoples, actions must be collective, not only individual.