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Scientists and art historians are studying art for signs of climate change and to better understand the ways Western culture's relationship to nature has been altered by it, according to the BBC.
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After a minor setback, a new era in space travel and tourism is set to launch this weekend.
When the SpaceX shuttle launches its private spacecraft, the Crew Dragon, with NASA astronauts in tow, it will mark the beginning of commercialized space exploration. SpaceX
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Former Federal Reserve Governor Rebukes Fed for Using Covid-19 Funds to Bail Out Fossil Fuel Industry
By Eoin Higgins
A former Federal Reserve board of governors member on Thursday called on her former colleagues to stop using Covid-19 relief funds to bail out the "dying" fossil fuel industry, calling the decision a threat to the planet's climate and a misguided use of taxpayer money.
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More than a third of the world's old growth forests died between 1900 and 2015, a new study has found.
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By Jory Brinkerhoff
Summer is field season for ecologists like me, a time when my colleagues, students and I go out into fields and woods in search of ticks to study the patterns and processes that allow disease-causing microbes – primarily bacteria and viruses – to spread among wildlife and humans.
Delaying Medical Treatment Can Be Dangerous<p>As we move from spring into summer, and into the peak period of tick activity in much of the Northern Hemisphere, time spent outdoors will increase, as will risk of tick-transmitted disease.</p><p>In some cases, there are key symptoms of a tick-transmitted disease that can help with diagnosis. For example, early Lyme disease, which is caused by the bite of an infected black-legged tick, sometimes called the deer tick, is commonly associated with an expanding "bull's-eye rash." <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/signs_symptoms/index.html" target="_blank">Seventy percent to 80% of patients have this symptom</a>.</p><p>However, <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/signs_symptoms/index.html" target="_blank">other symptoms</a> of Lyme disease – fever, head and body aches and fatigue – are less distinctive and can be easily confused with other illnesses, including COVID-19. This can make it more difficult to diagnose a patient who did not notice a rash or was unaware that they ever had a tick bite. As a result, Lyme disease cases can be <a href="http://doi.org/10.4081/or.2011.e14" target="_blank">misdiagnosed</a>. Nationally, Lyme disease may be undercounted to the point that only <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/datasurveillance/index.html" target="_blank">one in 10 cases is reported to the CDC</a>.</p>
Lyme Disease Isn’t the Only Tick Problem<p>Lyme disease is most common in the Northeast and North Central U.S., but that does not mean that people in areas without Lyme disease are free from worry about tick-transmitted disease. Ticks throughout North America can spread a <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/tickbornediseases/index.html" target="_blank">wide range of diseases,</a> many of which also present with flu-like symptoms, leading to the potential for <a href="https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ttbdis.2015.06.005" target="_blank">misdiagnosis</a>, especially when these diseases are not especially common in the general population.</p>
Is COVID-19 Increasing Chances of Tick Bites?<p><a href="https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-the-coronavirus-has-changed-animals-landscape-of-fear/" target="_blank">Recent reports</a> from across the nation and around the globe suggest that wildlife have become more bold this spring, wandering into suburbs and cities where human and vehicle traffic are reduced because of COVID-19.</p><p>Whether this phenomenon is being driven by changes in animal behavior or is simply an artifact of humans spending <a href="https://www.popsci.com/story/environment/wildlife-in-cities-covid-shutdown/" target="_blank">more time in their homes and becoming more aware of their surroundings</a> is not clear, but changes in wildlife behavior and habitat use could affect tick-transmitted disease. For example, white-tailed deer are important hosts to multiple human-biting tick species in eastern North America, including black-legged ticks, and more deer around our homes and in our neighborhoods could lead to more ticks that have a chance to bite humans.</p>
Staying Safe<p>Awareness is a key component of preventing and treating tick-borne disease. People should be aware of the activities that could <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/prev/index.html" target="_blank">expose them to ticks</a>, and <a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/10780095/" target="_blank">physicians should consider the possibility of tick-borne disease</a>, especially given the potential overlap in symptoms with COVID-19.</p><p>As with COVID-19, mitigation efforts can <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/prev/on_people.html" target="_blank">substantially reduce the risk</a> of tick-borne diseases. Wear long sleeves and long pants and use an <a href="https://www.epa.gov/insect-repellents" target="_blank">EPA-registered repellent</a> when you are in tick habitat, and check yourself thoroughly for ticks when you get home.</p><p>It is important to be aware of ticks when spending time outside, but fear of ticks should not stop people from enjoying nature. </p>
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Brian Sims, a Democratic representative in the Pennsylvania legislature, ranted in a Facebook Live video that went viral about the hypocrisy of Republican lawmakers who are pushing to reopen the state even though one of their members had a positive COVID-19 test.
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