The favored décor for ancient winter solstices is evergreen plants. Whether as palm branches gathered in Egypt in the celebration of Ra or wreaths for the Roman feast of Saturnalia, evergreens have long served as symbols of the perseverance of life during the bleakness of winter, and the promise of the Sun’s return.
Vallarta Botanical Garden founder Robert Price shares the findings of the Rivers for Climate Coalition, a collective effort of environmental, indigenous, and human rights groups, who pointed out the immense loss and damage suffered by the more than half a billion people impacted and displaced by hydropower dams.
We have entered an era where manmade climate change isn't just recognized by people living near melting glaciers; we're starting to see it here in Puerto Vallarta too, with extreme weather events like record-breaking rainfall and flooding, and stronger, more destructive hurricanes like Nora.
Puerto Vallarta is blessed with natural beauty that attracts millions of tourists annually. Sadly, it is rapidly being lost to unchecked development, portending a future that looks anything but sustainable in the long term. Protecting PV's natural tourism treasures must be top priority.
The Zapotec are drawing on the age-old traditions of cooperation, self-reliance and isolation to survive the pandemic. So far, it's working. While COVID-19 continues to spread across Mexico, many Indigenous communities in Oaxaca remain largely insulated from the coronavirus.
'Repealing DACA is arbitrary and capricious.' That's how U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts explained the 5 to 4 decision to block Donald Trump from eliminating the program, which benefits 'dreamers,' young people brought to America by their parents without legal authorization.
Andrea Fuller and Duncan Mitchell explain why fever screening is unlikely to reduce the spread of the virus. Their arguments are based on an understanding of the physiology of fever, body temperature measurement, and fever prevalence in people who transmit COVID-19.
The road ahead of COVID-19 will not be easy, but it can be a gateway for change that allows us to shape the future. With the right mix of economic policies and stimulus, investments in healthcare & social protections, we can move to recovery pathways that lead to a sustainable future.
Regardless of whether we classify the coronavirus as a pandemic, it is a serious issue. What we certainly have is a pandemic of fear. The media is gripped by coronavirus. It's right that there's deep concern and mass planning for worst-case scenarios. But it's also right that we must not panic.