US COVID-19 cases back to pre-vaccination levels | CIDRAP

For the first time since February, the United States reported more than 900,000 COVID-19 cases last week—with the country represented 20% of global cases—a sign the pandemic surge caused by the Delta (B1617.2) variant has stalled the progress made by an aggressive vaccine rollout that dampened cases this spring and summer.

Cases are on the rise in 46 states, according to USA Today. Hot spots continue in Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Oregon, Hawaii, and Mississippi. Oregon reported 11,564 cases in the week ending Friday, the paper said, topping its December pandemic peak by more than 7.2%.

The United States reported 38,482 new COVID-19 cases yesterday and 382 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 tracker. The 7-day average of new daily cases is 130,218, according to the Washington Post tracker. New cases have risen 16.8% in the past week, while deaths have climbed by 23.6% and hospitalizations by 14.9%.

Source: US COVID-19 cases back to pre-vaccination levels | CIDRAP

Déjà vu as bauxite company pollutes an iconic Jamaican river, yet again · Global Voices

This is a long-standing problem. Over decades and under different management/ownership, Windalco has received multiple breach notices and are currently the defendants in a legal case filed by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) over a 2019 discharge into the river which resulted in a massive fish kill and several persons falling ill.

After preliminary tests, NEPA has stated that Windalco is likely responsible for Monday’s fish kill in the Rio Cobre. They have said that Windalco is in breach of the Wild Life Protection Act and the Agency is contemplating legal action against them. The repeated nature of these offences suggests a lack of respect for Jamaica’s environmental laws and regulations and the human rights of those who have been negatively affected.

Source: Déjà vu as bauxite company pollutes an iconic Jamaican river, yet again · Global Voices

If Global Warming Continues The Earth Will Be Too Hot to Sustain Life

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We can do something new

We don’t need to wait until we are feeling blue

We can use less of the cars that will pollute the air

And start telling the children more about environmental care

Changing the way we build environmental protection awareness can cause more people to act

With an increase in recycling and the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions we could see an impact

We could see reduced pollution as we try to get rid of the climate crisis and all the problems we are now facing

The way in which we teach children about environmental protection, needs replacing

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Sustainability is a great goal that we should try to achieve

We will start working towards it, when we believe

Earth is our only home and we need to try to make our future bright

If we keep on working hard we…

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The CDC Halted Evictions. Texas Judges Have Been Proceeding With Them Anyway.

At the end of March, without announcement or explanation, the Texas Supreme Court allowed that order to expire. Confused, Patronella called the court for guidance—was he supposed to enforce the CDC moratorium or not? 

“They said no,” he says. “The Supreme Court felt that the state of Texas should get out of the business of reviewing those affidavits and that that was something between the landlord and tenant.”

So he started allowing evictions to continue, even when the tenant complied with the federal law and presented a declaration saying they were covered by the CDC’s moratorium. By July 31, when the CDC’s national moratorium expired, only 12 percent of tenants in his courtroom had been able to successfully invoke the order to stay in their homes, according to January Advisors, a data analytics company based in Houston.  

Source: The CDC Halted Evictions. Texas Judges Have Been Proceeding With Them Anyway.