Revealed: legislators’ pro-pipeline letters ghostwritten by fossil fuel company | US news | The Guardian

The records, obtained by the watchdog group the Energy and Policy Institute and provided to the Guardian, show that three North Dakota state legislators and a Williams county, North Dakota, commissioner signed and mailed letters to Ferc and the US army corps of engineers that reproduced word-for-word letters sent to them by MDU Resources’ political strategists.

Source: Revealed: legislators’ pro-pipeline letters ghostwritten by fossil fuel company | US news | The Guardian

Indigenous Americans had contact with Polynesians 800 years ago, DNA reveals | World news | The Guardian

Whether peoples from what is today Colombia or Ecuador drifted thousands of kilometres to tiny islands in the middle of the Pacific, or whether seafaring Polynesians sailed upwind to South America and then back again, is still unknown. But what is certain, according to a study in Nature, is that it took place hundreds of years before Europeans set foot in either region, and left individuals scattered across what became French Polynesia with signature traces of the New World in their DNA.

Source: Indigenous Americans had contact with Polynesians 800 years ago, DNA reveals | World news | The Guardian

With single-day case record, US COVID-19 total tops 3 million | CIDRAP – US leadership is clearly confused and contributing to COVID-19 Surge

Today Deborah Birx, MD, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, said states experiencing a surge in cases should re-enter phase 1 of their coronavirus response.

Vice President Mike Pence said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would issue new guidelines sometime next week on reopening schools in the fall. Yesterday and today, President Donald Trump called the CDC’s current guidelines too tough and expensive for most schools to meet.

As of yesterday, 9,200 Texans were hospitalized for the virus. In Florida, 84% of the state’s intensive care unit (ICU) beds are occupied, as 1 in 100 residents are now infected with the novel virus. Out of the state’s 5,023 ICU beds, only 962 are still available.

 

Source: With single-day case record, US COVID-19 total tops 3 million | CIDRAP

‘A Bad Dream’: New York Children Who’ve Lost Parents to COVID-19 Face Hardships Beyond Grief

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By Rosa Goldensohn, THE CITY

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Catherine Abear has one family photo of the four of them: herself, her husband Ray, and their 2-year-old son and then 1-month daughter, all together, taken on Christmas Eve.
Three months later, COVID moved Ray into the basement of their Jamaica, Queens, house, to quarantine. He was there for nine days, and then for four in the hospital, where he died.
“It seems like a bad dream still,” Catherine Abear said.
Ray Abear, a 43-year-old NYPD detective, was among the untold number of mothers, fathers and other primary caregivers whom the coronavirus has claimed since tearing through the city this spring. 
There is no official count of New…

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How We Can Ensure the Safety of Our Health Workers | Inter Press Service

All over the world, health workers continue to suffer a great deal during this pandemic. This is shocking because health workers save lives. In the U.S., more than 400 health workers have died from COVID-19, according to the Centres for Disease Control. In the United Kingdom, more than 200 health workers have died from COVID-19. Sixty percent of the U.K. deaths are among Black, Asian, and minority ethnic groups. In Nigeria, over 800 health workers have been infected with COVID-19 and 10 doctors have died. This led to Nigerian doctors embarking on a national strike recently.  These deaths are attributed to lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health workers.

Source: How We Can Ensure the Safety of Our Health Workers | Inter Press Service