Earth Day Communiqué

Dear friends and activists ,

Never before have we faced so many planetary crises at the same time – Health and Covid 19 , the lockdown and its serious economic impact on the vulnerable ,the continuing climate crisis and extinction crisis , emerging surveillance systems and threats to democracy and hard won freedoms. Some of us have prepared a Planetary Communique for Earth Day.

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Air pollution & COVID-19

Exposure to air pollution and COVID-19 mortality in the United States

Background: United States government scientistsestimate that COVID-19 may kill between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans. The majority of the pre-existing conditions that increase the risk of death for COVID-19 are the same diseases that are affected by long-term exposure to air pollution. We investigate whether long-term average exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) increases the risk of COVID-19 deaths in the United States.
https://projects.iq.harvard.edu/pm_and_covid_mortality.pdf

Pesticides & bees

Pesticides damage the brains of baby bees, new research finds

Pesticides, along with the climate crises and declining habitat, have been blamed for their declining numbers. And in a new study published Tuesday, scientists examined exactly how bumblebees are affected by pesticides by scanning bumble bee brains and testing their learning abilities.

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Pesticide dispersion

“Environmental quality and pesticide dispersion in Val di Sole using bee-collected pollen as a bioindicator”

Honeybees are insects with an essential function as pollinators for mostly of the agricultural and natural species, allowing so the vast majority of worldwide food production. Beyond this role, honeybees are used as excellent bioindicator of the environmental quality. The ability of honeybees to undertake the role of ecological detector is due to unique morphological and ethological characteristics of this insect.

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