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America Has an Infant Mortality Crisis. Meet the Black Doulas Trying to Change That

"A report earlier this year from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that over 22,000 babies died before their first birthday in 2017. But the racial disparities tell their own story: Black women’s babies died at a rate of 10.97 per 1,000 births – more than twice the rate for White, Asian or Hispanic women."

theguardian.com/us-news/2019/n

"The cause of toxic stress is American racism, and that is the principal social determinant of infant mortality disparity...Part of the solution to infant mortality is making sure emotional care is part of antenatal care."

"....For black women in America, the grind of institutional and societal racism generates physiological stress which directly increases the risk of life-threatening conditions for them and their babies."

theguardian.com/us-news/2019/n

The New Climate Math: The Numbers Keep Getting More Frightening

"Scientists keep raising ever-louder alarms about the urgency of tackling climate change, but the world’s governments aren’t listening. Yet the latest numbers don’t lie: Nations now plan to keep producing more coal, oil, and gas than the planet can endure."

Separated by Design: Why Affordable Housing Is Built in Areas With High Crime, Few Jobs and Struggling Schools

"Connecticut's approach to affordable housing creates pockets of poverty, where low-income people are locked out of opportunities that are just around the corner."

propublica.org/article/separat

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Russian Domestic Violence: Women Fight Back

"Two years ago, many Russians were shocked when the parliament significantly reduced penalties for domestic violence. Since then, women have been fighting back - demanding new legislation to restrain abusers, demonstrating in support of three sisters who took the law into their own hands, and finding new ways of tackling outdated attitudes on gender."

bbc.co.uk/news/election-2019-5

How Coca-Cola Undermines Plastic Recycling Efforts

"For decades Coca-Cola has burnished its public image as an environmentally caring company with donations to nonprofits. Meanwhile, as one of the world’s most polluting brands, has quietly fought efforts to hold the company accountable for ."

theintercept.com/2019/10/18/co

Greener, Longer life: More Trees Reduce Premature Deaths in Cities

"City dwellers tend to live longer if they are in leafy neighbourhoods, according to a study published on Wednesday that linked green areas to lower rates of premature death.

Trees in cities are already credited with cooling and cleaning the air and absorbing planet-warming gases, now researchers at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health have found they also keep death at bay."

news.trust.org/item/2019112023

Tree Cover: An Inequality Issue

"In cities like , tree canopy cover often corresponds directly with things like race and income, bringing heat, lack of shade and the associated heat-related health problems to areas already suffering other inequalities. An NPR analysis of 97 major US cities this summer found that poorer neighborhoods were more likely to be hotter in more than three-quarters of the cities."

Air Pollution Nanoparticles linked to Brain Cancer for First Time

"...Ultra-fine particles (UFPs) are produced by fuel burning, particularly in diesel vehicles, and higher exposures significantly increase people's chances of getting the deadly cancer. Previous work has shown that nanoparticles can get into the brain and that they can carry carcinogenic chemicals."

theguardian.com/environment/20

Climate Crisis Will Affect Lifelong Health of Young, Warn Doctors

"The climate crisis will determine the lifelong health of today’s children, doctors have warned, noting that global heating was already causing harm.

Children are especially vulnerable and the global team of researchers say rising temperatures mean the bacteria causing deadly diarrhoea will thrive while poorer crop yields could lead to more malnutrition."

theguardian.com/environment/20

Amazon Deforestation 'At Highest Level in a Decade'

"Deforestation of the Brazilian has hit the highest annual level in a decade, according to new government data which highlights the impact the president, Jair , has made on the world’s biggest ....the new numbers, sho[w] almost 10,000 sq kms were lost in the year to August."

theguardian.com/environment/20

Soil in the Arctic Is Now Releasing More Carbon Dioxide Than 189 Countries

The Arctic is now releasing more carbon dioxide in the winter than it can absorb in the summer, according to a new report.

Now that heat waves are occurring in the winter, and the Arctic is warming three times faster than the global average because of human activity, greenhouse gases that would have normally remained frozen in the ground are being released into the atmosphere..."

globalcitizen.org/en/content/a

'Insect Apocalypse' Poses Risk to All Life on Earth, Conservationists Warn

"Report claims 400,000 insect species face extinction amid heavy use of pesticides."

theguardian.com/environment/20

Some may find this article disturbing. 

Don't be fooled by micro-credit and micro-finance--it is a form of neocolonialism and exploitation that ultimately leads to over-indebtedness, poverty, stress, disempowerment, and even death.

It is not social welfare, it is violence.

bbc.com/news/world-south-asia-

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"We Failed to Reach Europe–Now Our Families Disown Us"

"Most of the West African migrants who fail to reach Europe eventually return to their own countries, but it can be a bitter homecoming. In Sierra Leone, returnees are often rejected by relatives and friends. They're seen as failures, and many stole from their families to pay for their journey."

bbc.co.uk/news/stories-5039129

"This Free Online Permaculture Course will help you grow your own food and design a home system that can thrive with nature....even if you don't own your land or have a lot of money....Most permaculture courses focus on landscape design but don't do much to help you gain access to land or navigate the complex social circumstances that surround any attempt at sustainable or regenerative living."

permaculturewomen.com/freeperm

How the Great Barrier Reef was saved in the 1960s

"The conservationists who campaigned to prevent mining and oil drilling on Australia's coral reef."

bbc.co.uk/news/stories-4997574

As Disasters Worsen, Cities and Researchers Eye Social Resilience

"To improve their social and psychological resilience to disaster, experts recommend that individuals be informed, volunteer if possible, and stay socially connected."

citylab.com/environment/2019/1

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