Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon skyrockets to 12-year high under Jair Bolsonaro’s push to increase farming and mining to combat poverty – ABC News

Farmer, miners and land grabbers have used a weakening of Brazil’s environmental protections to lay waste to swathes of the Amazon, and it could leave the Government open to being sued under its own climate change laws. Source: Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon skyrockets to 12-year high under Jair Bolsonaro’s push to increase farming and mining to combat poverty – ABC News

Pivoting in Philly: Greenhouses, Igloos and Outdoor Dining | Nightclub & Bar Digital by Erin Flynn Jay

Germantown Garden Grill igloos

heated individual greenhouses took over a Center City street outside Harper’s Garden in Philly. And over in Northern Liberties, plastic igloos that seat two or more are available poolside at the former Vesper Dayclub – a summer-only destination that’s pivoted to become Germantown Garden Grill, a year-round steakhouse by Glu Hospitality. In Bucks County, Parx Casino has reopened Liberty Bell Beer Garden, an outdoor spot in the suburbs that switches from an indoor space to an outdoor space, as a glass roof retracts and walls pull back.

Source: Pivoting in Philly: Greenhouses, Igloos and Outdoor Dining | Nightclub & Bar Digital

Pandemic complicates caregiving for families | News | phillytrib.com Erin Flynn Jay TRIBUNE CORRESPONDENT

“Many families will not be together (physically) but that does not mean that they can’t still be together. We are urging everyone that has an aging adult to practice benevolent probing, which is a method of using a combination of care, careful observation and considering conversation in four key areas: activities of daily living, memory, mobility and social engagement,” said Arijaje.

Arijaje said that whether you visit in person or video chat with older loved ones, there are some things to look out for: Are they are keeping up with their appearance? Are they wearing the same clothes? Are they shaving or groomed? How is their weight?

Source: Pandemic complicates caregiving for families | News | phillytrib.com

COVID-related nursing shortages hit hospitals nationwide | CIDRAP

The US health system already had a nursing shortage before the pandemic began, say both Boston-Leary and Hansen, who adds there was a permanent 100,000-person vacancy.

ICU nurses especially have a large turnover, not only because of the alarm fatigue but because of the desire to have better schedules, lower risk, or career advancement. Before the pandemic, new nurses were rarely placed in the ICU. But now, to help address the deficit, internships, preceptorships, and residency programs have been put in place to ensure a continued flow of workers.

No pipeline is enough during the pandemic, Boston-Leary says. To help remedy the pinch in ICU and other departments, some nurses have graduated early to join the workforce, patient care techs took on additional work, and nurses have transitioned to new areas. No matter the amount of innovation, though, she says the numbers just don’t work.

Cindy Firkins Smith, MD, Carris Health co-CEO, adds, “The difference between this and a natural disaster is the time it entails. … A hurricane hits or a tornado hits, and it’s a huge disaster. But it hits and it’s done, people react, take care of it, we recover and go about our normal business. This has been going on for months and continues to go on.”

Source: COVID-related nursing shortages hit hospitals nationwide | CIDRAP

A third COVID-19 lockdown for Israel is unavoidable now – The Jerusalem Post

The writing is on the wall, and everywhere you care to look, Israel appears to be headed for a third lockdown.

Through a combination of inconsistent government policy, flagrant disregard of regulations among certain segments of the population and the inevitable outcome of opening more of the country, the numbers of infected are steadily rising. Source: A third COVID-19 lockdown for Israel is unavoidable now – The Jerusalem Post