While the emergence of Covid-19 and its global spread is radically changing the social and economic future of our planet, it is appropriate to reflect on how all life is interconnected and interdependent. Two fairly recent events in Toronto drew attention to deep and interlinked adverse local and global trends that provide points of … Read more Canadian challenges for justice and sustainability in the Anthropocene
The attention of several members of Science for Peace has recently been drawn to a Dutch Manifesto prepared by 170 scientists, intended to make the Netherlands more sustainable and fairer after the present Coronavirus emergency. The manifesto’s proposed program has been translated by Google and goes (with a bit of necessary help from me) … Read more The Best Way Forward after COVID-19?
A paper published by The Lancet on March 21 considered “country-based mitigation measures” and concluded that: “Individual behaviour will be crucial to control the spread of COVID-19. Personal, rather than government action, in western democracies might be the most important issue.” That is what I said in the first update on March 26 – … Read more COVID-19 Update 8, April 28
The outbreak of the SARS2-COVID19 has exposed both the frightening vulnerability of our technological society to unexpected disruptions and our ability to quickly respond to them by drastically altering our lifestyles. The former is still only beginning to become evident as supply chains are broken, consumer demand collapses, entire sectors of our economy shut … Read more Three Myths That Should Not Survive the Pandemic
Images of mass graves in New York, Ecuador and Brazil have been appearing in the media. According to Reuters, as of April 17 the real number of cases in Brazil was “likely 12 times higher” than what was being reported, mostly among the poor and the poorest. With no outside help, the favelas have … Read more Covid-19 Update 7, April 23
The Covid-19 pandemic is confronting governments around the world with an emergency health situation, requiring self-isolation, population lockdowns of many economic activities and households, mass virus testing, screening and hospitalizations, and much more. In areas of the world in the midst of armed conflict, military occupation, hosting refugee camps, or large pools of migrant … Read more COVID-19 in Gaza
Like others, I have thought from the first day of the Covid-19 pandemic that it was forcing us to awake from exponential life-system destruction by corporate ‘business as usual’ to our common life-ground. In the words of the formerly neo-liberal Governor Cuomo of New York, “It is a test of our humanity over the … Read more The Unconscious System Plague: Will Covid-19 Finally Awaken Us?
For China and South Korea the pandemic is over. Iran and Italy are at about 2% of new cases daily and will slowly continue to go down. These 4 countries will not be included in future updates. Today China announced 1290 deaths to be added to the 2579 in Wuhan and 325 cases as … Read more Covid 19 Update 6, April 17
On April 9 the Canadian government released a report predicting 500 – 700 new deaths and 32000 total cases by the end of the week. These numbers are entirely consistent with the trends we have been considering. The weekly projections are realistic as they are based on national data. This is not the case … Read more Covid 19 Update 5, April 11
In the recent Ontario report projecting 3000 – 10000 deaths from Covid in two years, the range includes a number of possible outcomes/scenarios with different probabilities. For a very good reason, these probabilities are not released to the general public. I think that the actual outcome in this and other models will be far … Read more Covid 19 Update 4 – April 8