Monthly Archives: May 2020

Why Covid-19 might spell the end of Traditional Chinese Medicine’s animal welfare atrocities

What’s Going On Here? High profile supporters and practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine, also known as TCM, have said its future is untenable if it continues to rely on the trade of endangered animals, which has been pointed to as a likely source of Covid-19. What Does This Mean? TCM is an ancient system of health and wellness that’s been used in…

More Plastic than Plankton?! Study finds more ocean microplastics than we thought.

What’s Going On Here? Scientists at Plymouth Marine Laboratory used fine mesh nets to collect samples of coastal waters from the US and UK and found 2.5 times more microplastics than previous samples. What Does This Mean? Measuring less than 5 millimeters, microplastics gather in our oceans as they break away from bigger plastics such as packaging, bottles and old car tyres. The research…

Climate change is as serious a crisis as Coronavirus

What’s Going On Here? Two thirds of people across the world agree climate change is as serious a crisis as Coronavirus. What Does This Mean? A new Ipsos poll found that 71% of adults agree that, in the long term, climate change is as serious a crisis as Covid-19. The study was conducted in 14 countries with over 28,000 adults.The survey shows widespread support for government…

COVID-19 lockdown sees record breaking fall in global carbon emissions

What’s Going On Here? The first four months of 2020 have seen global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions fall to levels not observed since 2006, representing the largest reduction in CO2 since records began. What Does This Mean? The new study, published in Nature Climate Change, found that daily CO2 emissions decreased by 17% relative to 2019 daily levels. Government policies introduced in response to the COVID-19…