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Wall Street Journal (April 19)

2021/ 04/ 21 by jd in Global News

In India, New Delhi became the first region “to reimpose sweeping measures like the ones employed last spring.” Though “India has sought to avoid the strict lockdowns that punished its economy last spring… the step was necessary to avoid an even bigger disaster: a complete breakdown of its hospitals.” Experts anticipate “a cascade of other Indian states” following New Delhi into lockdown.


Star Tribune (March 31)

2021/ 04/ 01 by jd in Global News

Chile “appears poised to be among the first in the world to reach herd immunity. But experts say the country’s speedy and efficient vaccination drive—only Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Seychelles have vaccinated a larger share of their populations—gave Chileans a false sense of security and contributed to a sharp spike in new infections and deaths that is overloading the health care system.”


Boston Globe Times (March 3)

2021/ 03/ 04 by jd in Global News

“The president’s timetable” of having enough vaccine for every American by the end of May “provides a bright light at the end of a long, dark tunnel, although he acknowledged that the nation remains in a tenuous situation” as experts “fear a fourth surge of the pandemic, fueled by worrisome new variants, as states like Texas and Mississippi rush to fully reopen.”


Houston Chronicle (March 2)

2021/ 03/ 04 by jd in Global News

“Houston is the nation’s first city to record every major variant of the novel coronavirus—many of which are more contagious than the original strain.” This unwelcome milestone “comes barely a week after the ever-evolving virus’ death toll in the United States passed the half-million mark, a grim figure that…experts believe will continue to increase unless Americans double-down on social distancing, masks and vaccination efforts.”


San Francisco Chronicle (October 13)

2020/ 10/ 15 by jd in Global News

“As coronavirus cases swell across much of the United States and the nation lurches toward a uniquely tumultuous election day, California has held off another pandemic upswing. Public health experts, however, warn the state is still vulnerable.” The nation “topped 50,000 new cases on four of the past seven day, the highest numbers since August.”


Washington Post (March 10)

2020/ 03/ 11 by jd in Global News

The lack of candor “is now causing confusion and panic as Trump and his political lieutenants paint a picture of the spreading coronavirus that is utterly at odds with what the nation’s public health experts are saying…. As global markets plunged on Monday and the virus continued its inexorable spread, Trump continued comparing the virus to the ‘common Flu,’ during which ‘nothing is shut down.’”


Washington Post (December 1)

2019/ 12/ 03 by jd in Global News

“Experts have known for years what the United States must do: place a strong and steadily rising price on carbon dioxide emissions, invest heavily in clean-energy research and development, and make climate a top priority in international diplomacy. President Trump is instead denying the problem.”


BBC (October 21)

2018/ 10/ 23 by jd in Global News

“Concern about Russia’s development and deployment of a missile system that breaches the INF treaty predates the Trump administration.” Still, Trump’s “decision to walk away from the agreement marks a significant setback for arms control. Many experts believe that negotiations should have continued to try to bring the Russians back into compliance.” Instead, the move may prove part of a “wider unravelling of the whole system of arms control treaties.”


LA Times (November 4)

2017/ 11/ 05 by jd in Global News

“The global climate is in trouble, worsening faster than experts believed only two years ago, and ambitious international steps to address the problem have been insufficient thus far.” Since the Trump administration isn’t going to tackle this critical challenge, “the rest of us need to step up.”


Sydney Morning Herald (July 13)

2017/ 07/ 15 by jd in Global News

“The Grenfell tower fire in London has opened the eyes of the world to the dangers of building with materials that do not conform to safety standards.” But this comes three years after Australia’s “own wake-up call…when fire ripped through Melbourne’s Lacrosse building.” Since then “all the solutions to the problem have been presented by expert bodies to the Senate inquiry,” yet not enough has been done. An “audit of apartment buildings undertaken by the Victorian Building Authority has shown that half contained non-compliant materials.” It is “time for governments to advance from talking and thinking to actually doing something.”


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