Fortunately, parts of the fence line are relatively passable for wildlife; some spots are engineered to stop vehicles rather than people. But these areas are more likely to correspond with roadways than heavily used wildlife corridors. Going forward, with border security only likely to tighten, hopefully a few of those billions of dollars will go toward ensuring that wildlife can readily cross the border where they need to. But many wildlife laws (the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act) are waived as the Department of Homeland Security builds out the border wall. Scientists and wildlife advocates have been pushing for a more intelligent approach—via wildlife passages, for instance. We’ve seen them work in Canada and the U. S. Perhaps they can be part of the conversation about the southern border wall, too. … [Read more...] about Border Walls Aren’t Just Political Objects—They’re Ecological Barriers, Too
Joyscroll It’s important to stay informed, but constantly seeking out negative and distressing news—known as “doomscrolling”—can have a negative impact on your mental health. If you can’t do a media detox, seek out good news. Follow social media pages and websites that feed your mind with positive stories, useful information, and new information about your hobbies and passions. Apps such as Pocket and Flipboard let you choose areas of interest and serve up interesting stories. And limit your news intake to once or twice per day. … [Read more...] about Salvage your health resolutions with these 9 simple moves
“It’s probably going to be years before we get vaccines into sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia and South America and in other regions,” Weissman says. “What can happen is that since in those areas the virus is growing freely, it’s going to keep mutating. It’s possible that someday a series of mutations might occur that the vaccine doesn’t work well [against]. And then we have to go back and we have to re-immunize the entire world.” … [Read more...] about How easy will it be to update the COVID vaccine if the virus mutates too much?
Unilever, for example, supports social enterprises through its Transform network, a partnership with Ernst & Young; the U.K.’s Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office; and corporate partners such as MasterCard. Transform provides expertise on business resilience using its “Survive and Thrive” digital collaboration platform to help social enterprises not only withstand the COVID-19 crisis through business continuity support, but also prepare for the future with stronger business models. Long term, Unilever is building a more diverse and resilient value chain with lasting local benefits. … [Read more...] about Corporate donations shouldn’t be Band-Aids. Big bets on social enterprises will make more change
Indeed, hundreds of Twitter employees militated to de-platform Trump in the wake of the Capitol uprising—against the misgiving of CEO Jack Dorsey. Facebook employees staged a virtual walkout last summer over the company’s handling of Trump posts that they saw as inciting violence. And employee activism at Amazon helped get Parler booted. … [Read more...] about Why Big Tech’s swift reaction to the Capitol riot is a threat to democracy