Changing Workforce: Highlights (DTE 1 - 15 September 2020)

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Changing Workforce: Highlights

Changing Workforce: Highlights

Overview

  • Arctic Ocean - Primary production (the creation of energy through photosynthesis by algae that forms the base of the food chain) of the Arctic has increased by 57 per cent between 1998 and 2018. This is happening as more nutrients now flow into the ocean and the algae are absorbing more atmospheric carbon. Warm water from the peripheral seas are flowing into the Arctic, influencing its temperature, chemical and biological parameters. The mixing of saltwater with freshwater is more on the European side of the Arctic where warmer Atlantic waters are flowing in. This is enhancing biological productivity. Arctic is getting more freshwater from ice melt and river outflow, which reduces the mixing and thus the productivity.
  • Gilead announced its exorbitant rates for the drug, there has been a widespread campaign to rein in the US multinational which has received over $ 70 million in public funds to develop remdesivir ( “dangerously low supply” ) . If Gilead supplies 85 per cent of its remdesivir to the US alone, and their concerns is that it will not, only 1.7 million of the 4.6 million confirmed covid-19 patients in the country (as of August 3) would have access to full treatment. Even if it supplies 90 per cent of its production to the home market it would not be able to meet the contingency.

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