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Concern growing about monkeypox vaccine availability before valley Pride events – KESQ

Concern growing about monkeypox vaccine availability before valley Pride events - KESQ

The push for more monkeypox vaccines continues in the Coachella Valley and Riverside County.

“It’s moving way, way, way too slow,” said Cathedral City resident David Wichman.

Vaccine access continues to be a key struggle in the fight against the rapidly spreading viral outbreak, Wichman said.

Riverside County reported one new monkeypox case Wednesday, bringing the total to 71 countywide. 66 of those cases were in the Coachella Valley.

With tight eligibility restrictions and low supply from the state and federal governments, county Public Health Director Dr. Kim Saruwatari took the opportunity to call for help Tuesday in a state Senate monkeypox committee hearing.

“We need to figure out a way to get more vaccine out into the community faster,” Saruwatari said.

As of Tuesday, Riverside County had received 5,384 vaccine doses, according to the California Dept. of Public Health, which are being distributed through Borrego Health, DAP Health, Eisenhower Health and Kaiser Permanente.

The county requested 1,500 more doses – but that request was not immediately approved. Instead, 750 doses were offered which are expected to arrive Wednesday or Thursday, a county spokesperson said.

Dr. Phyllis Ritchie, CEO and founder of Palm Spring STI clinic PS Test, has tried to get vaccine doses to distribute to her patients, a complicated process she said has not yet been successful.

“We have a horde of patients that are qualified to get the monkeypox vaccine,” Ritchie said. “They’re not part of Borrego, they’re not part of Eisenhower, they’re not part of DAP – and they are unable to access the vaccine. They just don’t even know who to call.”

For Wichman, concern is growing with less than two months until Pride celebrations kick off in Palm Springs.

“Tens of thousands of people come to Palm Springs for that event,” Wichman said. “There are numerous events and parties and people are going to be hooking up. And there’s lots of opportunity for monkeypox to spread.”

He is calling for open vaccination clinics to get many people vaccinated quickly.

“If we’re not vaccinating people by the middle of September, and that’s really cutting it close…within the next few weeks, we’re it’s going to be too late,” Wichman said.

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Report: Extreme Weather Events Are Getting Worse, Affecting Food Availability

Report: Extreme Weather Events Are Getting Worse, Affecting Food Availability

More fre­quent extreme weather events and a chang­ing cli­mate, which impact farm­ing and food secu­rity on every con­ti­nent, are wors­en­ing, accord­ing to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

The data gath­ered by WMO and pub­lished in its State of Global Climate Report 2021 show how human activ­i­ties have released record lev­els of green­house gases in 2021, one of the main dri­vers of aver­age sur­face tem­per­a­ture rise.

In 2050, we may have almost 10 bil­lion peo­ple to feed, and ensur­ing ade­quate food secu­rity for all while curb­ing green­house gas emis­sions and pro­tect­ing the envi­ron­ment is one of the biggest chal­lenges we face.– Lev Neretin, senuior nat­ural resource offi­cer, FAO

Increases in aver­age ocean tem­per­a­tures also accel­er­ated in 2021. The WMO esti­mated that ocean lev­els rose by 10 cen­time­ters in the last three decades.

Along with ris­ing tem­per­a­tures and sea lev­els, the WMO researchers added that the ocean is becom­ing more acidic, reach­ing a 26,000-year high.

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The report fur­ther found that snow cover, sea ice cover and glac­i­ers also are shrink­ing at an alarm­ing rate. In addi­tion, the WMO warned that the last seven years were the warmest on record.

Antonio Guterres, the sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the United Nations, called the report a dis­mal litany of humanity’s fail­ure to tackle cli­mate dis­rup­tion.”

He warned that time is run­ning out to change course and cur­tail at least the worst impacts of cli­mate change.

In his video mes­sage, Guterres focused on imme­di­ate actions that could be taken in energy gen­er­a­tion, which is con­sid­ered the largest con­trib­u­tor to cli­mate change.

These actions require a par­a­digm shift, where renew­able energy tech­nolo­gies become essen­tial global pub­lic goods and are more eas­ily traded and exchanged.

The U.N. chief also asked for a more diver­si­fied and open renew­ables sup­ply chain and empha­sized the need to stop sub­si­diz­ing fos­sil fuels. On top of this, Guterres asked for pub­lic and pri­vate invest­ments in renew­able energy to triple before it is too late.”

Petteri Taalas, the WMO’s sec­re­tary-gen­eral, said, human-induced green­house gases will warm the planet for many gen­er­a­tions to come.”

Sea level rise, ocean heat and acid­i­fi­ca­tion will con­tinue for hun­dreds of years unless means to remove car­bon from the atmos­phere are invented,” he added.

According to Taalas, key indi­ca­tors show the grow­ing impact of cli­mate change on the pop­u­la­tion.

Loss and dam­ages of more than $100 bil­lion (€93 bil­lion), as well as severe impacts on food secu­rity and human­i­tar­ian aspects due to high-impact weather and cli­mate events have been reported,” he said.

Lev Neretin, senior nat­ural resources offi­cer at the office of cli­mate change, bio­di­ver­sity and envi­ron­ment (OCB) at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), told Olive Oil Times that weather extremes are one of the biggest dri­vers of food crises together with eco­nomic shocks, con­flict and inse­cu­rity.”

Small-scale pro­duc­ers, includ­ing farm­ers, fish­ers, foresters and pas­toral­ists, are the back­bone of food secu­rity, but they are also the most vul­ner­a­ble to cli­mate change and extreme weather events,” he added.

According to the FAO, increas­ing cli­mate resilience is a top pri­or­ity that relies on many dif­fer­ent mea­sures such as expand­ing food pro­duc­tion through cli­mate-smart agroe­col­ogy and other inclu­sive approaches, strength­en­ing safety nets, diver­si­fy­ing liveli­hoods, pro­vid­ing crit­i­cal inputs for cereal and veg­etable pro­duc­tion as well as pro­tect­ing live­stock with treat­ments, vac­ci­na­tions, feed and water.”

Such an approach is even more rel­e­vant where food avail­abil­ity is lim­ited, and access to food is affected by ris­ing prices.

See Also:Global Agriculture Loses Billions of Working Hours to Heat, Study Says

Building resilience also requires aware­ness of cli­mate and envi­ron­men­tal risks and the effec­tive and timely man­age­ment of these risks, not just at the farm level but also across agri­food value chains,” Neretin said.

Anticipatory action is a key pil­lar of FAO’s work on resilience, which is a major step to shift from dis­as­ter response toward pre­ven­ta­tive and adap­tive action,” he added.

In 2050, we may have almost 10 bil­lion peo­ple to feed, and ensur­ing ade­quate food secu­rity for all while curb­ing green­house gas emis­sions and pro­tect­ing the envi­ron­ment is one of the biggest chal­lenges we face,” Neretin con­tin­ued.

He fur­ther explained how food secu­rity is not just about quan­tity, but also qual­ity. Humanity today relies on three main crops: maize, rice and wheat.”

This has a num­ber of impli­ca­tions. One of the con­cerns is the con­tin­u­ous loss of agro­bio­di­ver­sity, which ensures healthy and diver­si­fied diets,” Neretin added. Another is the pos­si­bil­ity of increas­ing food crises dri­ven by mar­ket volatil­ity and con­flict.”

OCB researchers also believe that food loss and waste is a global chal­lenge along­side grow­ing demand for ani­mal pro­teins and other resource-inten­sive foods.

Existing high amounts of food loss and waste could feed around 1.26 bil­lion peo­ple per year,” Neriten said.

Currently, food inse­cu­rity comes mostly from con­flicts. Between 2018 and 2021, the OCB said the num­ber of peo­ple in cri­sis sit­u­a­tions in coun­tries where con­flict was the main dri­ver of acute food inse­cu­rity increased by 88 per­cent, to just over 139 mil­lion.

Agrifood sys­tems and the rural econ­omy play a fun­da­men­tal role in peace and secu­rity that in turn ensures last­ing impacts on human devel­op­ment,” Neriten said.

FAO researchers believe that coun­tries should invest in adap­ta­tion and mit­i­ga­tion strate­gies and develop early warn­ing and action mech­a­nisms to cur­tail or avoid dam­age and losses from dis­as­ters.

Transforming agri­food sys­tems to become more effi­cient, inclu­sive, resilient and sus­tain­able is a key solu­tion to global crises: hunger, mal­nu­tri­tion, cli­mate change, bio­di­ver­sity loss and ecosys­tem degra­da­tion, ensur­ing safer, more afford­able and health­ier diets for the world’s grow­ing pop­u­la­tion,” Neriten said.

By lever­ag­ing the power of sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, inno­va­tion, bio-econ­omy and tra­di­tional knowl­edge, we can enter a new par­a­digm to ensure that agri­food sys­tems glob­ally are green and cli­mate-resilient,” he added.

But this trans­for­ma­tion will fail if it is not equal and inclu­sive,” Neriten con­cluded. Smallholder farm­ers, fish­ers and foresters and their com­mu­ni­ties, includ­ing women, youth and indige­nous peo­ples, are the key agents and ben­e­fi­cia­ries of our agri­food sys­tems.”