Bird flu: An aerial threat

Photo: Bernd Focken, Pixabay
Published in Morgenbladet on 22. Januar 2021
Original title: Disse smittebærerne vil hverken respektere landegrenser eller innkvartere seg på karantenehotell

In November 2020, Norway registered a highly pathogenic bird flu virus for the first time. That poses a serious threat to all kinds of birds, both domesticated and wild – and, with time, potentially also humans. As farmers shivers, strict measures are put in place to secure the nations chickens, much like humans are now used to thanks to the covid-19 pandemic.

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The pandemic: Drifting face masks

Photo: Dronepicr, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
Published in Morgenbladet on 16. December 2020
Original title: Halvanden milliard munnbind kan ende i verdenshavene i år

When Gary Stokes is not running his restaurant in Hong Kong, he’s monitoring the illegal fish trade and the area’s marine debris. In march, 2020, he discovered something new: face masks. Soon after, his organisation OceansAsia began researching how much of the world’s face masks would end up in the sea. Their answer, according to OceansAsia’s co-founder Teale Phelps, is 1.5 billion in 2020 alone.

The story can be read here.