"For something like this to happen virtually overnight is very much unprecedented," Myllyvirta told DW...All this looks like good news for the planet — at least in the short term. "Suppose you were a policymaker, and you were thinking about what you would do to lower emissions — you just got a pretty good instruction," says Amy Jaffe, director of the Council on Foreign Relations' Energy Security and Climate Change program.

Byebye ‘Gert in latest US deadly world “unifier”
4/1/20 Special Issue: How We Will All Solve the Climate Crisis
We only have one Earth. And we have the technology to save it.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 5:02 AM
Translated literally, the word "pandemic" means "pertaining to all people." As of this writing, the novel coronavirus has spread to more than 170 countries around the world. It’s an acute, rapidly unfolding crisis that we are facing all together, as an entire planet. But just before Covid-19 burst onto the scene, we at WIRED had been spending months thinking intensely about the more chronic, and more slowly unfolding crisis that pertains to everyone on Earth: Climate change.
You could think of the coronavirus as a painful and very high-stakes practice round for facing an inexorable global threat: Its danger is bearing down on us whether we like it or not, but we can bend the curve in humanity’s favor if we act together and make the right moves.
When we decided to dedicate an entire issue to the climate crisis, we knew we didn’t have time or patience for stories that would instill despair. Stories that would tell you, yet again, how bad things were. Or that would bother with the absurd debate about the existence of global warming. Instead we wanted to identify what those right moves are. We asked: What can we do right now, with the tech we have, to make the biggest impact on the climate in the next ten years?
We went out to the smartest, most elegant writers we knew and asked them to think about four big, crucial areas: capturing carbon, feeding ourselves, getting around, and powering modern life. We also asked: How can we set up institutions, on the grandest possible scale, that will take risks, invest in innovation, and invent all those things that we can’t see around the corner yet? And how can we as individuals—whether we’re inventors or insurance agents—set ourselves up to make the biggest difference without shutting down? As the essayist Mary Annaise Heglar writes in our pages, “ “It’s true that you can’t solve the climate crisis alone, but it’s even more true that we can’t solve it without you.”
Sound familiar
Map and analysis of all confirmed cases of the virus in the U.S. is available at the New York Times.
U.S. and worldwide maps tracking the spread of the pandemic are available at the Washington Post.

Coronavirus and climate change: A tale of two crises
Coronavirus has cut emissions faster than years of climate negotiations. Does the outbreak reveal what life might be like if we were to act seriously on climate change? Or what it might be like if we don't?

CoronaVirus: Time for Global Unity

Covid-19 now officially a pandemic
3/12/20 Download from MIT Technology Journalism Review
Today the WHO declared coronavirus a pandemic, revealing the gig economy's sharp inequalities, and how long the coronavirus can live in the air or on packages.  

Coronavirus Could Reshape Global Order
China Is Maneuvering for International Leadership as the United States Falters

4/8/20 An Unequal Pandemic
Covid-19 is wreaking havoc in developed countries like the US, UK, Spain, and Italy, but commentators have argued with increasing unanimity that the virus is poised to hit some people and countries harder than others.
Insights, analysis and must reads from CNN's Fareed Zakaria and the Global Public Square team
April 8, 2020 compiled by Global Briefing editor Chris Good

3/31/20 When the Pandemic Hits the Most Vulnerable
Developing Countries Are Hurtling Toward Coronavirus Catastrophe
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Fabio Giuseppe Carlo Carisio The Alert doesn’t come from keyboard conspiracy theorist ...It was launched last summer, in unsuspected times, by the Cambridge University Center for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) report, that became the subject in science column of the British newspaper The Telegraph, in which it warns possibility “extremely harmful and potentially unstoppable “.

Who Will be Winners and losers in New World Order
Are state responses to the virus shifting the balance of power between China and the west?
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4/14/29 As Africa braces for the coronavirus pandemic, three U.S. Military donated and trained mobile hospitals with medics are helping Ghana, Senegal and Uganda respond to local outbreaks.

Coronavirus Poses Challenges for the Primary Voting Process
While some states have opted to expand vote-by-mail access others are debating changes
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Work/Technology 2050: Scenarios and Actions
The Millennium Project’s initial review of recent research on the future of work and income gaps shows that in existing research, there is great attention to problem description, but few specifics about forecasts of potential job displacement: how many, where, and by when. These studies also do not offer global and local strategies on the scale necessary to address these problems and tend to under rate long-term accumulative technological capacities. Such long-range thinking is required since it might take decades to make major world structural changes. An innovative strategic thinking approach is needed about fundamental changes in the nature of work, economics, and education that will be required to prevent mass unemployment and increased income gaps.
Some key facts and questions for the future that the study will attempt to address:
The Pew Research Center found that the “experts” are nearly evenly divided about whether future technology will replace more jobs than it creates by 2025.
The World Bank has shown that the rate and level of poverty is falling worldwide; however, the income gaps are growing: Oxfam found that the richest 1% of the population owns about 46% of global wealth, while the bottom 50% of the population barely owns some 0.7% of the world’s wealth, about the same as the world’s 85 richest people.
The OECD estimates that technology is likely to account for some 80% of the drop in the labor share among its members.
Since the rate of return for investments into high tech and financial instruments is so much greater than investment into labor, the income gaps are likely to increase, making the world increasingly unstable.
According to the World Bank, a billion people will enter the job market over the next ten years, while one projection expects 2 billion jobs to be lost by 2030.
How many researchers, service agents, lawyers and other professionals will IBM’s Watson replace by 2020, 2030, and 2050? What new capabilities will be created by Google’s artificial brain R&D

JFK brags about what school books won’t
Senator John F. Kennedy, speech October 18,1960 American Legion Convention, Miami Beach, FL
American strength relative to that of the Soviet Union has been slipping, and communism has been advancing steadily in every area of the world, until the Iron Curtain now rests on the island of Cuba, only 90 miles away.
The implacable Communist drive for world domination, which now penetrates every continent and every section of the world, takes many forms; and the battle against communism is fought on many fronts. I would like to talk for a few minutes about one of those fronts, the front of military power. For it is here that the Communist advance, and relative American decline, can be most sharply seen; and it is here that the immediate danger to our survival is the greatest....every objective expert, every study commission, official or unofficial, Republican or Democrat, came to the same conclusion: We have been slipping and we are in danger. The Gaither Committee report, prepared in 1957 at the request of President Eisenhower, has been best summed up as portraying this country as a "nation moving in frightening course to the status of a second-class power."The Rockefeller Brothers report in 1958 said: "The United States is rapidly losing its lead over the U.S.S.R. in the military race."...
I say what we need are not reassurances, but strength, not words but weapons, and I intend to see we get them....But it is also clear that an increased military effort is not enough. More and better weapons are not enough. A reorganized Defense Department is not enough. For the harsh fact of the matter is that in the past 8 years not a single Soviet fighting man has crossed the frontier of the free world - not a single Soviet missile has been fired at the United States - not a single Soviet bomb has dropped on our cities or the cities of our allies.Yet in those same 8 years Cuba has been lost to the Communists. Laos has begun to slip behind the Iron Curtain. Ghana and Guinea have moved toward the Soviet bloc. A revolution in Iraq virtually destroyed our Middle Eastern Baghdad Pact. The Communists have captured control of one of the key factions in the fight for the Congo. And Communist influence - propaganda and subversive activities - has grown and prospered in Latin America, in Asia, in Africa, and in the Middle East.
In short, freedom has been on the defensive all over the globe and the Communists have made enormous gains without firing a single shot. For although military power gives stability and prestige to Communist activities, although it increases their prestige and perhaps their daring, military power is not the ultimate Communist weapon in the struggle for world domination.
For the Communists seek to undermine freedom, to achieve the triumph of communism by exploiting chaos and discontent in every corner of the world, by taking advantage of our weak spots, our failures to build the strong and stable governments which are the only guarantee of freedom. The Communists have a strategy for world conquest and that strategy rests in the future, as it has in the past, on the use of every weapon of economic and ideological conflict to win the allegiance of the uncommitted nations of the world and increase their dependence on the support of the Soviet Union, on the use of local Communist revolutionaries to subvert and destroy free government and on their belief that the United States lacks the will and the endurance to engage in a prolonged and difficult struggle for the protection of freedom. And I believe that their great successes of the past 8 years have encouraged them in this belief.I do not believe that the steady retreat of freedom in the past 8 years has stemmed from a policy of surrender. Rather it has stemmed from an inability to understand the broad challenge of Soviet communism, to understand the wide range of their economic, social, and ideological and military offensive and from an inability to meet that challenge.