WHO declares emergency over virus

WHO declares emergency over virus

Kathryn Long, Staff Writer

February 5, 2016

A “public health emergency of international concern” is how the World Health Organization recently classified the Zika virus.

At this point, the Zika virus has infected over 20 countries in Central and South America. Although Zika itself has yet to spread within the U.S., there have been reported cases of the virus from individuals who have traveled to infected countries and returned.

The Zika virus is transferred mainly through the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. It may result in symptoms such as a rash, a fever or, for 80 percent of those infected, no symptoms at all.

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Teen leads charge against climate change

Nicole Zelniker, World & Nation Editor

December 4, 2015

After experiencing a disappointing defeat for climate justice, 13-year-old Hallie Turner has decided to keep fighting.

“It’s an issue that I’m always going to continue trying to make a difference in,” said Turner in a phone interview with the Miami Herald. “There’s lots of next steps that can be taken.”

On Nov. 25, North Carolina ruled against Turner’s petition, which demanded North Carolina cut emissions by at least 4 percent yearly.

“We’ve created so many of the emissions,” said sophomore Students for Climate Justice Co-President Anna Lichtiger. “At the current trajectory we’re (following) we’re going to increase temperatures by five degrees Celsius by 2100.”

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Indonesian fires rage on

Caleb Amstuz, Staff Writer

November 13, 2015

While the sky above Indonesia fills with hazardous black smoke, the rest of the world has lowered its gaze.

Approximately 127,000 forest fires, spurred by illicit farming practices, have covered the country in a perilous cloud of environmental and public health problems.

For years, local impoverished farmers have regularly practiced illegal slash-and-burn techniques to clear forests and peat lands for growing palm oil. Now, larger palm oil plantations are cleaning immense expanses of land using the same techniques.

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The cost of global climate change: dollars and natural disasters

June Park, Staff Writer

October 23, 2015

$1.2 trillion this year. $369 trillion by the end of the next century.

The price-tag on climate change is enormous.

This May, atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration reached a global record of 400 parts per million, the highest it has ever been in history. This summer, Arctic sea ice reached a new record minimum. Yet our modern lifestyles remained largely unchanged.

You would wonder what the environment has to do with economics, yet they are interconnected more deeply than most would expect.

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Address climate change now, or we all pay later

Maksym Kosachevskyy, Staff Writer

September 25, 2015

Climate change. Global warming. The end of the world. A major transformation has already begun and it’s not going to end without a revolution.

“I think it’s the greatest threat that we have,” said William Mackin, visiting assistant professor of biology. “Because of climate change, it’s like we have thousands of Hiroshima-sized atomic bombs going off every day.”

According to a 2013 study, only 3 percent of voters, aged 18 to 34, do not believe in climate change. It is easy to see why. We get it crammed into our brains during science class, we hear about it on the news and we see the effects of it in movies like “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

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Organizations abroad and at home act to save environment

Maksym Kosachevskyy, Staff Writer

September 18, 2015

“The environmental crisis is extremely severe, and the effects could be ominous, threatening decent human survival, in the not very distant future,” said Noam Chomsky, an organizer of the call-to-action movement, in an email interview with The Guilfordian.

On Nov. 30, the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference will commence in Paris. Delegates of attending countries will try to achieve a universal agreement on climate change.

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Community unites around local projects

Nicole Zelniker, World & Nation Editor

September 18, 2015

It is 9 a.m. on a Saturday, and there are already dozens of Guilford students gathered outside Founders Hall ready to tutor, bake some cakes and get their hands dirty.

On Sept. 12, the Bonner Center and the Office for Student Leadership and Engagement hosted the Guilford Day of Service.

The Day of Service allows Guilfordians to experience community service on a deeper level than serving in a soup kitchen or picking up trash from a park. Many of the sites provided training so the students understood the kind of service they were doing.

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