This page is updated each weekday, and collects The Daylighter’s up-to-the-minute briefs on local and regional responses to the coronavirus pandemic worldwide, as seen through the lens of our beat coverage of human rights, democracy, environment, etc.

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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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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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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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