Civid-19 & Sustainable Living

Inasmuch as “Sustainable Living” includes both living in harmony with Earth and maximizing our quality-of-life experience, these articles about Covid-19 leading to mental illness becomes very relevant. Here are two articles from the same issue of MIT’s Technology Review. One details findings concerning mental health problems that have been surfacing … which clearly effects our quality-of-life experience. The other discusses prevention. I’ll add comments afterwards.

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One in five covid-19 patients are diagnosed with a mental illness within three months

 

 MIT Technology Review

12 November 2020

 

The news:

A new study, published in Lancet Psychiatry, has found that almost one in five people who have had covid-19 go on to be diagnosed with a mental illness within three months of testing positive.… Keep reading

The plastic we use is killing us

Here’s a report from a member of a Pacific Ocean research team that’s measuring the residue from plastics in even the remotest regions of our world’s largest body of water … where we often assume, because of its vastness, our pollution would not reach. As you’ll see, that’s not so.  Afterwards, comments about what we can do individually about this problem.

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The plastic we use unthinkingly every day is killing our planet – and slowly but surely killing us

 

As researchers, we have been shocked to find the most remote depths of the Pacific Ocean polluted by our plastic.Keep reading

Eco-Friendly Cleaners

While major global trends, such as climate change, food shortages, and pandemics command a huge amount of our attention, here’s some useful information about basic, simple products you can use each day to keep your home the way you’d like it … as you also stay in harmony with Earth.

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The 13 Best Organic and Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products of 2020

 

Sara Lindberg

EcoWatch

June 16, 2020

 

There have never been more choices when it comes to organic, natural, or eco-friendly cleaning products.… Keep reading

Nature & Pandemics

Here’s a “big picture” look at the root cause of the virus spread, and the ensuing pandemic. While I don’t expect my blog readers to magically wave a wand and eliminate pandemics, I’ll follow with some specifics you can do to help prevent them … and improve our quality-of-life experience, as well.

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‘Promiscuous treatment of nature’ will lead to more pandemics – scientists

 

Habitat destruction forces wildlife into human

environments, where new diseases flourish

 

Jonathan Watts

Global environment editor

@jonathanwatts

The Guardian

7 May 2020

 

Humanity’s “promiscuous treatment of nature” needs to change or there will be more deadly pandemics such as Covid-19, warn scientists who have analysed the link between viruses, wildlife and habitat destruction.… Keep reading

Clean Air & Coronavirus

While I’ve avoided linking these sustainability-related blogs to short-term events, such as the coronavirus pandemic, here’s some research-based information that links air quality to a host of diseases, including coronavirus. In fact, coronavirus treatments are lung-related, with hospitals scrambling to find more ventilators to aid patient recovery.  Air quality is key.

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Clean air is not just a beautiful thing.

It is necessary for our health.

 

Burning Fossil Fuels Made Coronavirus Death Rate Worse, and Kills 200K Americans Per Year, Not to Mention Global Heating

 

Juan Cole

Common Dreams

Informed Comment

April 14, 2020

 

Air pollution, producing medical conditions such as asthma and other lung problems as well as heart disease, is responsible for some of the thousands of coronavirus deaths in the United States.… Keep reading