No Turning Back on Reopening Plans, Even as Coronavirus Cases Climb ; Losing One Species Can Wipe Out Many More ; and More Picks 6/12

No Turning Back on Reopening Plans, Even as Coronavirus Cases Climb (Chris C.)

From the Los Angeles Times: “In Sacramento County, a surge in hospitalizations over the past weekend were linked to members of the same household who gathered recently for birthday parties and a funeral. Dr. Olivia Kasirye, the county’s health officer, said many people think ‘we’re out of the woods,’ despite the reality.”

Ohio GOP State Senator Fired From ER Doctor Job After Using Racist Language (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “State Sen. Steve Huffman, a Dayton-area Republican, has been fired from his position as an emergency room doctor after using racist language to question whether people of color are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus because of poor hygiene.”

Racism Definition: Merriam-Webster to Make Update After Request (Chris C.)

The author writes, “Kennedy Mitchum, a recent graduate of Drake University in Iowa, suggested that the definition should include a reference to systemic oppression. An editor then responded, later agreeing to update their definition.”

‘Extinction Breeds Extinctions’: How Losing One Species Can Wipe Out Many More (Mili)

From Vox: “A new study reports that species are going extinct hundreds or thousands of times faster than the expected rate. The researchers also found that one extinction can cause ripple effects throughout an ecosystem, leaving other species vulnerable to the same fate.”

Great Barrier Reef’s Museum of Underwater Art Is Ready for Divers (Dana)

The author writes, “The new Museum of Underwater Art (Moua) on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is ready for divers and snorkellers to visit, as soon as tour companies are permitted to operate boat trips again. The project, by British sculptor and environmentalist Jason deCaires Taylor, aims to raise awareness of the threatened ecosystem and encourage rehabilitation of the reef.”

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