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How to prevent future pandemics?

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Biodiversity loss increases exposure to new and established pathogens

A growing body of evidence suggests that biodiversity loss increases exposure to both new and established zoonotic pathogens. Restoring and protecting nature is essential to preventing future pandemics.

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Chantal Bilodeau: Dear Earth, I Love You

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TIME TO SAY THANK YOU 

The following text  has been written on the occasion of Earth Day 2020 - 50th anniversary, by Chantal Bilodeau - a renown playwright and translator, a pioneer in the sphere of eco theater, called one of "trailblazers who are changing the climate conversation" .

"(Dear Earth) Thank you for putting up with our excesses and our temper tantrums, our greed and our indifference, our honest mistakes and our willful ignorance. You patiently endure our petty in-fighting, our endless politicking, and our deflections. No matter how disruptive our actions are, you continue to hold us in your embrace with great compassion. When the future is so uncertain, your calm and steadiness are comforting." - Chantal BIlodeau


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Covid-19 Pandemic and Working Women - a New Report

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Women in the Workplace

One in every four women in America considers quitting her job or downshifting her career. This is the data shown by the annual report "Women in the Workplace" by McKinsey & Company and LeanIn.Org. The report also shows that mothers, Black women and women in senior leadership have been hit worst by the pandemic.

"The events of 2020 have turned workplaces upside down, - the report says. - Companies risk losing women at all levels of management—but they also have an opportunity to build a better workplace...

Two things are clear: Companies need to address the heightened challenges women are facing, and they need to better support Black women. If companies act now to build a more equal workplace, they can prevent millions of women from leaving their jobs or downshifting their careers. If companies can rise to the challenges the Covid-19 crisis has thrown into high relief, we may be laying the foundation for a more flexible and empathetic workplace for everyone."

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