New and Notable

COVID-19 Shows How Ecosystems and Human Health Intersect

While there’s uncertainty about how the novel coronavirus originally infected people, it might have started as viral spillover (transfer) from bats or other wild animals. One emerging hypothesis based on DNA evidence is that, because of natural habitat destruction, horseshoe bats in China were forced into cities. Under increased stress, the bats shed viruses that were picked up by people and perhaps other animals in an early infection cluster.

Climate change fears propel scientists out of the lab and into the streets

LA Times, Dec 17: Bill Ripple said he was moved to act after the Camp fire devastated Paradise, Calif.

Uniting on the climate: the businesses working together to help the planet

Energy Advice Hub, Dec 12, 2019: Professor William Ripple told the Energy Advice Hub: “Action by businesses around the world is the key ingredient in our collective effort in tackling the climate crisis.”

The Climate Anxiety Decade: How We Came to Terms With Our Warming World in the 2010s

The 2010s was when society finally grasped the enormity of climate change. The 2020s will decide how we survive it.

Profiles of a climate emergency

A collection of trend lines monitoring global change

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More than 11,000 scientists issue fresh warning: Earth faces a climate emergency

NBC News, Nov. 5, 2019: A new study identifies six key areas for critical changes, including addressing the planet’s swelling population.

We Sacrificed Our New Car for the Environment, Nov. 9, 2019: We have been looking for ways our family can combat climate change since we read that 11,000 scientists said the planet “clearly and unequivocally faces a climate emergency.”

Scientists Worldwide Declare “Climate Emergency”

Worthy Garden Club, Nov 13, 2019: “We are very proud to have helped fund the research,” said Roger Worthington, President of the Worthy Garden Club, an Earth advocacy non-profit in Bend, Oregon. “Professor Ripple and his colleagues at OSU are leading the charge internationally to educate us that climate change is a serious problem that requires immediate action.”

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More than 11,000 scientists from around the world declare a ‘climate emergency’

The Washington Post, Nov. 5, 2019: Study outlines six major steps that ‘must’ be taken to address the situation.

Climate crisis: 11,000 scientists warn of ‘untold suffering’

The Guardian, Nov. 5, 2019: Statement sets out ‘vital signs’ as indicators of magnitude of the climate emergency