Going sane in a crazy world

By Richard Heinberg, in Resilience.org….The consequences of our adoption of consumerist, growth-seeking industrialism will ultimately be a crash—hopefully only partial and temporary—of society and nature.

We asked 380 top climate scientists what they felt about the future…

by Damian Carrington in The Guardian…In the face of such colossal danger, why is the world’s response so slow and inadequate? The IPCC experts overwhelmingly pointed to one barrier: lack of political will. Almost three-quarters of the respondents cited this factor, with 60% also blaming vested corporate interests.

How scared should you be of bird flu?

by Jennifer B. Nuzzo in The New York Times….No one knows whether H5N1, if left unchecked, will become the deadly pandemic that public health experts like me worry it could. Many of us have been watching H5N1 with alarm for more than 20 years.

Here’s what is wrong with the national academies’ long COVID definition

by Leonard Jason in MedPage Today…Because a large percentageopens in a new tab or window of primary care patients have unexplained symptoms, healthcare workers often do not know what is causing their symptoms or how to help them. Physicians might feel better providing a nebulous diagnosis like the proposed National Academies long COVID definition, but in the long-run, I doubt this helps patients.

Pentagon ran secret anti-vax campaign to undermine China during pandemic

by Chris Bing and Joel Schectman in Reuters….The U.S. military launched a clandestine program amid the COVID crisis to discredit China’s Sinovac inoculation – payback for Beijing’s efforts to blame Washington for the pandemic. One target: the Filipino public. Health experts say the gambit was indefensible and put innocent lives at risk.

Canada’s big worry: A US civil war

by Alexander Burns in Politico…Justin Trudeau probably won’t ask Joe Biden if the U.S. is headed for a war between the states. But a report from within his government says it’s time for Canada to get ready.

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