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Food insecurity is America’s next big pandemic problem

By Mark A. Bonta / May 1, 2020 / Comments Off on Food insecurity is America’s next big pandemic problem

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 / Comments Off on Coronavirus briefs: Native Americans respond to the pandemic

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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Can the pandemic’s pollution plunge spur a smog solution?

By Mark A. Bonta / April 27, 2020 / Comments Off on Can the pandemic’s pollution plunge spur a smog solution?

From Manila to New Delhi to Los Angeles, residents are feeling some ironically positive effects from weeks of sharply reduced vehicle traffic due to coronavirus lockdowns, quarantines, and shelter-in-place orders. Millions of urban dwellers are for the first time learning what it is like to breathe air largely free of pollutants. And for those who […]

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Africans are fleeing racism in China

By Mark A. Bonta / April 24, 2020 / Comments Off on Africans are fleeing racism in China

Thousands of African migrants living in Guangzhou in southern China are being targeted by racist attacks and policies. The problem has become so bad that one African nation has even begun evacuating its citizens from China. The reason? Besides simple prejudice, Africans are being blamed for exposing Chinese people to COVID-19. African students in Chinese […]

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Immigrant economies are being devastated by the pandemic

By Mark A. Bonta / April 22, 2020 / Comments Off on Immigrant economies are being devastated by the pandemic

The $700 billion global remittance economy is taking big hits from COVID-19, and the families and nations that depend on it are in trouble. Remittances are person-to-person fund transfers from immigrants who travel to wealthy nations for work, and then send the bulk of their earnings back to the millions of families they left behind […]

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How COVID-19 is changing the shape of our cities

By Mark A. Bonta / April 20, 2020 / Comments Off on How COVID-19 is changing the shape of our cities

Social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is more difficult in crowded urban spaces. These include sidewalks, where people are forced to congregate while carrying out essential tasks such as heading to the grocery, lining up for a clinic appointment, or just getting some necessary exercise. It’s a vexing problem, but urban officials the […]

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