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How COVID-19 preys upon poverty — and will make it worse

By Mark A. Bonta / May 15, 2020 / 0 Comments

In the wake of COVID-19, the world economy is set to contract 3 percent in 2020, according to recent estimates from the International Monetary Fund.  As devastating as this may be, the long-term economic prospects are even worse, as a research analysis by IMF economists found that five years after a pandemic, economic inequities will […]

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May 9 is Global Migratory Bird Day, and you can join in from your own backyard

By Mark A. Bonta / May 8, 2020 / 0 Comments

Thanks to the pandemic, Americans are rediscovering birds at time that birds need to be noticed more than ever. Although a recent Audubon Society report shows that bird numbers have plummeted in North America over the last 50 years, millions of the feathered flyers are still migrating north to their seasonal breeding grounds. America’s newest […]

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Lithuania is surviving COVID-19 — in style

By Mark A. Bonta / May 7, 2020 / 0 Comments

As of May 2020, the Baltic nation of Lithuania has 2.9 million citizens, less than 1,500 coronavirus cases, around 50 deaths — and an excess of style, culture and good eating. The country has distinguished itself by being able to combine the best practices of pandemic mitigation — social distancing, for example — with innovative […]

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Libraries are in demand as the pandemic spreads — but are they prepared?

By Mark A. Bonta / May 5, 2020 / 0 Comments

Public libraries are community institutions essential to the free flow of information in American society — and they were shuttered abruptly at the beginning of the pandemic. Now, however, libraries across the country have become more essential than ever thanks to the multitude of online services they offer. Yet in most cases, they’re struggling. In […]

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Food insecurity is America’s next big pandemic problem

By Mark A. Bonta / May 1, 2020 / 0 Comments

The complex supply chains of our food system have been deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Farmers and consumers alike have been caught off-guard by price collapses and shifting demand; by government food policies that are less than helpful; and by hunger and malnutrition already extant across the country. It all adds up to a […]

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Coronavirus briefs: Native Americans respond to the pandemic

By Mark A. Bonta / April 29, 2020 / 0 Comments

Thanks to the confluence of culture, politics and history, the indigenous peoples of North America are uniquely vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic. And, they are uniquely positioned to protect themselves from its worst effects. Ignored in the data, and historically unequal Native Americans, like other minority groups in the United States, suffer from unequal access […]

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