Al Jazeera
Al Jazeera 9 Sep 2020

Is the coronavirus pandemic a chance to tackle climate change?


As the world focuses attention on the coronavirus pandemic, experts are warning of a more dangerous threat: climate change.
Our world continues to heat up faster than predicted.
Small island nations are bearing the brunt.
In a special episode in collaboration with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), we ask: can recovery from a global health crisis help heal our environment as well?

Presenter: Nick Clark


Simon Stiell - Minister of Climate Resilience and the Environment in Grenada

Brooke Takala - Secretary General, Marshall Islands Red Cross Society

Jagan Chapagain - Secretary General, IFRC

There's been a lot of rage - be it about toilet paper or masks - the coronavirus pandemic sometimes results in aggressive behavior.
And that has even led to death. French bus driver Philippe Monguillot was killed by a group of teenagers after asking them to wear masks to get on his bus. Uncontrollable anger seems to be on the rise. Could lockdowns, social distancing, mask wearing, jobs and the future be causing a pandemic of stress and frustration?
Christian Drosten is one of Germany's leading virologists and regularly briefs the German government on the coronavirus pandemic. His team developed the first diagnostic test, which was adopted by the WHO and is used around the world. DW's Nina Haase spoke to him about what to expect going forward.
Could the coronavirus pandemic fuel the global spread of hepatitis? Every year, more than 1 million people die from liver cancer and cirrhosis, which are caused by viral hepatitis. The numbers are staggering for a disease for which vaccines and a treatment is now available. The World Health Organization wants to eliminate hepatitis by 2030, but some experts are now asking whether the Covid-19 pandemic could derail that goal. There are five main strains of the hepatitis virus, referred to as types A, B, C, D and E. All hepatitis pathogens, except for C, are preventable through vaccination. According to the WHO, millions of sufferers are unaware of the disease, which slowly creeps up on them with an inflammation of the liver they are unaware of. The lack of testing also means many cases are discovered too late. A and E spread through poor food hygiene, dirty water and lack of sanitation. The rest - B, C and D - are all spread via blood, semen and other bodily fluids.
Amid concerns about the coronavirus pandemic and the reliability of the U.S. Postal Service, voting rights advocacy groups are working to increase African American voter registration and turnout ahead of the 2020 presidential election. Cliff Albright, co-founder and executive director of the Black Voters Matter Fund, joined CBSN's "Red and Blue" to discuss how his organization is adapting to the changing landscape.

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