Rolling out the “Green Tape”

Some 40 million health workers have signed an open letter asking world leaders to ensure a “green recovery” from the COVID-19 pandemic, The Guardian reports.
 
Humans’ ability to fight COVID-19 was already impacted by air pollution, which causes some 7 million premature deaths every year, notes signatories representing 200+ organizations.
 
Stimulus packages designed for COVID-19 recovery must address environmental concerns, such as fossil fuel subsidy reforms and renewable energy initiatives, they wrote.
 
In a letter to their own government, notable Australians including Nobel prize-winning immunologist Peter Doherty called for a rewrite of “failing” environmental laws. They called for “green tape” approach that would prioritize more robust protections against wildlife destruction and loss of biodiversity—both key contributing factors to the current pandemic that if not mitigated, could spur “potentially even more deadly pandemics,” according to a separate article in The Guardian.

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