As of today, 24th of May 2020, the global deaths from covid-19 stands at 341,549 ( John Hopkins Centre for Systems Science and engineering ). You can ( and should) check that figure, not only with the JHU website, but cross reference it here or via any of the multitude of attested websites and and news sources which have accumulated and analysed the data.
Of course this predisposes the official data, that has been gleaned by these outputs, is reliable and honestly provided. And this is where the trust and foundation for the house of cards that underpins public confidence has been eroded.
We have social media excusing itself from accountability. Political leaders playing fast and loose with scientific fact. Corporations representing commercial bias as public spirited gesture and advisors and scientists breaking their own rules and regulations.
Covid-19 will, one day, be mitigated either by herd immunity, a vaccine or a change in our behaviour. However, this will not be the last crisis that has global significance. Indeed with global value chains and the increasing interconnectivity of the world and its political and economic systems this vulnerability increases.
It’s time for every individual to take accountability for the decisions they make whether as a citizen, a media representative, a corporate or political leader. Any individual who flounces the self governance of perpetuating mistruths should be called out by family, friends, colleagues and the electorate whatever there allegiance. It is entrusted to all of us, who believe in a modern democracy, to have a degree of symbiotic social responsibility.
Without this, confidence and compliance will be lost and public trust, in politics, the media and the corporate world will be diminished and the cards will fall.
The number of people threatened by climate change-triggered flooding is about three times higher than previously thought, a new study says.
This is caused by the land, especially in Asia and the developing world, being several feet lower than what space-based radar had previously calculated, according to a study, by Climate Centrala New Jersey based nonprofit organisation of scientists and journalists.
So instead of 80 million people living in at risk low-lying areas that would flood annually by 2050 as the world warms, the new study finds the population at risk is closer to 300 million people. These people are in some of the poorest regions of the world.
Meanwhile Amranco, one of the world’s most profitable firms, is set to float for an estimated $1.2tn. Amranco’s business is Oil and some investors are voicing concerns over Saudi Arabia’ s human rights record. ( BBC 30 October 2019 )
In 2017 Donald Trump made a pitch for Aramco to be listed in America, saying it was “important” to the US.
The United States sealed a multibillion arms deal with Saudi Arabia a move that solidifies its decades-long alliance with the world’s largest oil exporter. ( CNBC 20 May 2017 )
The idea that politicians can produce a legacy by committing to cut green house emissions at the end of their tenure or greenwash their image by associating with superficial media attention grabbing events is a dangerous distraction to the current climate crisis.
If world leaders are serious about climate change and truly accept the overwhelming science then the subject should be at the forefront of the politicians manifesto, policy and action. If they do not accept the science they should state this clearly and challenge the science with a reasoned argument backed up by evidence from reliable sources to counter the current view held by scientists worldwide. Otherwise the politicians can only be found guilty of ecocide by later generations and should be held accountable for the damage they are causing now and for the planets future.