Media Outlets Examine Climate Change-Related Issues, Including Impacts On COVID-19 Relief, Displacement, Disease Outbreaks

CNBC: WHO, World Bank, scientists: Covid-19 relief and climate change fixes must align or both will fail
“Both the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change have become dire due to a failure to act quickly, collaboratively and decisively. But if governments and leaders are strategic in their stimulus spending to recover the global economy from the pandemic, the climate crisis could also be set on a more accelerated path toward amelioration, says the 2020 Report of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate…” (Clifford, 12/8).

Devex: Debunking myths around the displacement-climate change connection
“Misconceptions about the link between climate change and displacement can hamper humanitarian assistance efforts and protection of people affected by disasters, the head of the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre said Tuesday. IDMC director Alexandra Bilak said her organization has become increasingly concerned about misperceptions around the climate change-displacement narrative, which she said is fueled by ‘sensationalist’ media reports. … Too often, she said, the press takes data and figures from studies and reports out of context, oversimplifying what such numbers mean. The domination of these false narratives creates misinformation about the true causes of the challenge, she said, and therefore undermines dialogue about solutions that can be pursued by policymakers…” (Welsh, 12/9).

Rolling Stone: How Climate Change Is Ushering in a New Pandemic Era
“…The reasons for this new era of pandemics are complex, but … one of the main drivers is the climate crisis, which is shaking up the natural world and rewriting disease algorithms on the planet…” (Goodell, 12/7).

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