March 2020 This is a newsroll page on A Socialist In Canada, commencing September 2017. It consists of headlines with weblinks to published news articles and political analysis. Occasional commentary by the website publisher, Roger Annis, appears in square brackets [ ] ). For months preceding January 2020, go to ‘News pages archives’ on the home page of A Socialist In Canada and use the drop-down menu. See also the feature articles on ecology and global warming that are listed in the website category ‘Environment‘ (listed on the main website page). Articles about the politics in Canada of the global warming emergency are listed in the ‘Canada newsroll‘ page of the website. To find past stories on this and other news pages on this website, use the ‘find’ (word search) function on your web browser. Headlines in red denote items published on the main news page of A Socialist In Canada.
Ecology newsroll headlines on A Socialist In Canada, March 2020[Full news and analysis of the ‘SARS-CoV-2’ coronavirus pandemic (‘covid-19’ illness) is being reported on the ‘World news‘ page of A Socialist In Canada website.]
Growing demands for food and the land base consumed by industrial agriculture, especially in meat production, is leading to species extinctions and more corona-like viruses, by Georgina Gustin, Inside Climate News, Mar 24, 2020 As agriculture expands, habitats will shrink. That will likely lead to higher numbers of the species that transmit deadly diseases.
Great Barrier Reef suffers third mass bleaching in five years, Deutsche Welle, Mar 26, 2020
Coronavirus halts street protests over global warming, but climate activists have a plan, New York Times, Mar 19, 2020
Destruction of habitat and loss of biodiversity are creating the perfect conditions for diseases like COVID-19 to emerge, by John Vidal, published on Ensia, Mar 17, 2020 (re-published in Scientific American, Mar 18, 2020) As habitat and biodiversity loss increase globally, the novel coronavirus outbreak may be just the beginning of mass pandemics
‘Our House Is On Fire: Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis’, new book by the family of Greta Thunberg, narrated by Malena Ernman, Greta’s mother, book review in Washington Post, Mar 17, 2020
Decoupling is dead, long live degrowth, by Timothée Parrique, published by Degrowth.en, July 26, 2019 (also published on Resilience.org) (This article is based on the following 80-page research paper: Decoupling debunked: Evidence and arguments against green growth as a sole strategy for sustainability; research paper by Parrique T., Barth J., Briens F., C. Kerschner, Kraus-Polk A., Kuokkanen A., Spangenberg J.H; published by ‘European Enviromental Bureau’ an ‘Make Europe Sustainable For All’, July 2019
Related: Degrowth: A realistic demand for the impossible, talk by by Timothée Parrique, May 2, 2019 (talk hosted by ‘Post Growth Transformations’, Stockholm, 54-minute recording)
If politicians can unite to fight coronavirus, why not climate change?, by Martin Regg Cohn,columnist, Toronto Star, Mar 11, 2020
Asia’s rapid urbanisation, deforestation linked to deadly viruses, by Rina Chandran, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Mar 11, 2020
Climate-friendly peer pressure? Too little, too late, by Stan Cox, published in Green Social Thought, Mar 4, 2020
Record-warm winter in United States linked to the polar vortex and climate change, by Sarah Kaplan, Washington Post, Mar 6, 2020 (read the article here in pdf format: Record-warm winter in Northern Hemisphere
* Moscow meltdown: Russian capital has warmest January as experts point to global warming, Reuters, Feb 20, 2020 …”In Russia, the speed of global warming is 2.5 times higher than the global average,” explains Mikhail Lokoshenko, head of Moscow State University’s meteorology and climatology department. “At higher latitudes, it happens more quickly than the tropics.”…
* This winter may be one of the warmest on record. What does that mean for spring?, Weather.com, Feb 28 2020 …The December 2019-January 2020 period was the warmest December-January period on record for the contiguous United States in data going back to 1895. Additionally, no state in the Lower 48 had a mean temperature significantly below average in December or January. Across much of the Northern Hemisphere this year, winter was a shadow of its former self — and climate change is partly to blame. According to data released Wednesday by the Copernicus Climate Change Service, Europe’s average temperature for December through February was 6.1 degrees Fahrenheit above the 40-year average, shattering the previous record by more than two degrees. In the United States, temperatures were above average for every state but Alaska…
Great Barrier Reef enters crucial period in coral bleaching crisis, Associated Press, Mar 6, 2020
Also in Australia: Fire fallout: How ash and debris are choking Australia’s rivers, by Adam Welz, Yale Environment 360, Feb 27, 2020 The devastating bushfires that raged through southeastern Australia for months burned millions of acres. In the wake of the fires, a new threat has emerged – massive amounts of ash and debris being washed into rivers and waterways, killing fish and polluting water supplies.
This Civilization Is Finished: Conversations on the end of empire and what lies beyond, by Rupert Read and Samuel Alexander, published by the Simplicity Institute, Melbourne, 2019, 105 pages Read the book here in pdf format: This Civilisation Is Finished, Rupert Read
World Health Organization says the coronavirus global death rate is 3.4%, higher than earlier figures, Business Insider, Mar 5, 2020
* Death rate from coronavirus in China has been steadily dropping, National Public Radio (U.S.), Mar 4, 2020
* How does the new coronavirus compare with the flu?, by Rachael Rettner , senior writer, Live Science, Mar 3, 2020
* Coronavirus: Revenge of the pangolins, by Wufei Yu, op-ed in New York Times, Mar 5, 2020 China has banned the trade of wildlife, suspecting that exotic animals infected humans. It’s not the first time such a ban has been decreed.
To tackle climate catastrophe, UK government must end the arms trade, by Fréa Lockley, The Canary, Mar 3, 2020