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Dear members and visitors,
Our all-volunteer staff is reeling a bit from all that needs to be done to protect themselves and their families and businesses from the coronavirus until a vaccine is found. Because of this temporary refocusing of our volunteers on personal survival issues, we have not been able to keep up with routine services, new blog posts, newsletters, fundraising, etc.
Hopefully, with these new posts and our volunteer staff having more time over the next 2-4 few weeks, we will have time to pick up on our regular operations once again.
But in the meantime, I also thought you should know that...
Escalating global warming is creating or exacerbating pandemics like Covid19 in several ways:
1. Global warming is quickly destroying the natural habitat of wild animals. This forces the wild animals (like bats) into closer proximity with humans making it easier for the animal viruses (zoological viruses,) to cross over into humans. This has happened with the Covid 19 virus.
2. Global warming is and will continue to cause increasing crop failures, hunger, and famine. This will force poor and starving individuals to hunt, capture, live in closer proximity, and eat more wild animals. This will once again make it easier for animal viruses to cross over into humans. This was also most likely an important component part of the original Covid 19 outbreak in a wild animal market.)
3. Global warming is melting increasing amounts of millennia-old tundra and permafrost, releasing long trapped and frozen bacteria and viruses that humans have never seen. There are also many infectious organisms stored in ancient sea ice and glaciers that will be released into the water system as this ice melts. (20) These may be infections for which we currently have no antibodies or medicines. Additionally,
4. Increased heat from global warming in the atmosphere will spread more tropical diseases, epidemics or pandemics (19) to northern and southern areas as well as higher altitudes where they have never been before—and where most of the population has no immunity. These are tropical diseases like West Nile Disease, Zika, Rift Valley Fever, Dengue Fever, Chikungunya, Cryptococcus Gattii Fungus, and Chagas Disease, all of which are rapidly moving north and appearing in the news on a regular basis.
Tropical diseases rapidly spreading north and south are due in part to migrating humans, animals, and insects trying to escape their heat and/or water-stressed ecosystems. Other diseases likely to spread due to global warming to epidemic or even pandemic levels are new and old strains of avian flu, cholera, plague, Ebola, and tuberculosis.
The above means that it is inevitable that we will be seeing more pandemics, but not every hundred years as has occurred for the last few thousand years. Because of our escalating global warming emergency, global pandemics could quickly become every decade or sooner occurrences.
We are all trying to recover together. We will get through this at some point.
In the meantime, if you can, please help us out with a tax-deductible donation. This is because donations are down and we do not believe the US government will give our nonprofit organization with its all-volunteer staff any financial assistance (as they are doing with other nonprofits with paid staff or businesses.)
Take care of yourselves,
PS: Please do not forget that we have only six years left to reduce our global fossil fuel use enough to prevent a real mass extinction event from unfolding over the next 30-50 years. This coming mass extinction event will be far, far worse than the Covid19 pandemic.
While we struggle through this pandemic, we cannot forget the far bigger battle ahead of us truly is, the global warming extinction emergency!
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