Skimm'd with ten must-read books on climate change

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APRIL 17, 2020



Skimm'd with ten must-read books on climate change


"I'm happy to tell you that I'm wearing pants as I speak to you" – NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who's working on the NFL draft from his man cave. Anything that'll help you get in the (end) zone.


The Story

President Trump has laid out a plan for states to reopen.

Let's hear it.

Trump has been focused on reopening the economy for a while now. And earlier this week, he said he had the authority to decide when that would happen. Turns out, the Constitution says otherwise. Now he's presenting governors with suggested guidelines, but letting them make the call. The measures he's proposing should kick in after states start seeing a decline in cases for 14 days. Then it's a phased approach that goes a little something like this…

Phase One...reopen restaurants, movie theaters, gyms, and places of worship as long as they follow certain guidelines (think: social distancing, disinfecting). And businesses should encourage everyone to still work from home or return to the office in waves, if possible.

Phase Two...reopen schools and daycares. And bring back nonessential travel. This phase would happen once states show evidence that they've had a decrease in cases for a month and there are no signs of a rebound.

Phase Three…remember the old days? This phase looks a lot like it. It's when the state's experienced a decrease of cases for six weeks – and people can do all of the above, plus start visiting loved ones in elderly homes and hospitals again.

What are people saying about all this?

Public health and state officials have warned that more testing is needed in order to reopen the country. And have also called for contact tracing. But Trump – who's faced pressure from Republican lawmakers to reopen – said that in order to maintain the country's health, the US also has to "preserve the health and functioning of our economy."

From what I've seen, the economy is hurting…

Indeed it is. Last week, another 5.2 million Americans filed for unemployment – meaning more than 22 million people lost their job in four weeks. Take a moment to catch your breath. Then figure out what this could mean for you.

Got it, thanks for that.

The gov knows things are bad and is sending millions of Americans stimulus checks to help them stay afloat. While some Americans got their checks this week, many also...didn't. Glitches reportedly tied to tax preparation companies (think: TurboTax and H&R Block) left some people who used those services without money. Also not getting money right now: small businesses.

Uh oh.

Yesterday, the gov's $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program ran out of cash, keeping small business owners from getting loans and grants to pay their employees. And the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program also dried up. Now, Congress and the Trump admin are heading back to the drawing board as they figure out additional funding for the small business loan program.


The coronavirus pandemic has clearly done a number on the economy. While the president's new guidelines outline a plan to get it up and running, it's ultimately up to the states to decide what happens next.


As states start to band together to figure out how to reopen their economies, some Americans are getting impatient.

In Michigan, drivers flooded roads and the state capitol, calling for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) to ease restrictions and let them return to work. Last week, the governor expanded a stay-at-home order to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. While some protesters honked and waved flags from their cars, many disobeyed social-distancing guidelines and huddled together without masks. Michigan law enforcement supported them, saying Whitmer was "overstepping her executive authority" by barring in-state travel and tightening rules on businesses.

Michigan has more than 28,000 known COVID-19 cases and is the third-most affected state in the country. Whitmer – who's now facing at least two federal lawsuits over her state's restrictions – said the demonstrations endangered people's lives.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Americans gathered to challenge their state's stay-at-home order – including in Ohio, North Carolina, and Kentucky. And more protests are planned in Texas, Oregon, and California in the coming days.


What's moving like quicksilver…

The Trump admin. Yesterday, it loosened regulations on mercury (and other toxic metals) pollution from oil and coal-fired power plants. It weakens a 2012 EPA rule that required power plants to limit such pollutants. Reminder: mercury exposure has been linked to brain damage, learning disabilities, and developmental effects in children and babies. But the regulation has cost the industry billions of dollars a year. And the Trump admin said the cost outweighed the public's health benefits. Now, environmental lawyers are raising flags saying the EPA's new rule will lead to poor air quality.

  • Roll it back, back: This is the latest effort by the Trump admin to roll back environmental regulations. Over the last three years, the admin has weakened similar guidelines affecting air pollution.

...Oh and speaking of the environment, researchers say a megadrought in the southwestern US is getting worse because of global warming.

Who's letting you know if you've been punk'd...

Facebook. Starting in the next few weeks, it'll let users know if they've come across false info about the coronavirus. People who interacted with such content (think: liked, shared, reacted to, or commented on) will get a message linking them to the WHO's Myth busters page. This is the social media giant's latest effort to tackle fake news. And comes after the UN warned earlier this week that the world's dealing with an "epidemic of misinformation" about COVID-19.

What's coming together at home…

One World.

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Who is doing the most with his time...



"Perfect Tunes" by Emily Gould

A songwriter arrives in NYC at the start of the millennium and falls hard for a bad boy musician. Fast forward 15 years later, she's parenting their teenage daughter, and wondering what her life would have been like if things hadn't turned out the way they did. It gave us "Sliding Doors" meets "Daisy Jones & The Six" vibes. Music to our ears.

PS: Earth Day is around the corner. We rounded up some of the best books on climate change.


The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting us all in different ways. No matter your situation, sometimes you just need to press pause. Enter: our picks to help you take a break…

1. Flourless desserts. You can thank the focaccia hive for buying all the flour at the grocery store. Enter: this list of recipes that don't need it. Let the stress-baking continue.

2. A burger and fries sweatshirt set. Keep one for yourself, send one to the BFF you wanna ketchup with. Sorry, had to.

3. A guide to Quibi. This article gives the 411 on the new streaming service everyone's talking about. Plus it recommends shows to add to your queue. You're ~ with it ~ now.

PS: Sign up to get some nostalgic picks to your inbox on Monday.


For when you're exclusively rocking loungewear from now on…

This female-founded company supports you. They have super soft loungewear (think: no-wire bras, shirts, joggers) to make WFH more comfy. PS: Skimm'rs get 15% off their first purchase. Get in the groove.*

For when you have trouble sleeping...

Something to help. Healist Advanced Naturals makes CBD wellness products (think: drops, creams, patches) to help you relax. In formulas like Calm, Sleep, and Relief. PS: Skimm'rs get 20% off with code HEALIST20. Take it easy.*

For when you've always wanted to start your own business...

Some inspiration. Ratana Stephens, co-founder and CEO of Nature's Path, joined our latest episode of "Skimm'd From The Couch," sponsored by Estée Lauder. She talks about starting her company while being a mom. Listen in.*

*PS: This is a sponsored post.


In times like these, community matters more than ever. Let us know how you (or someone you know) is making an impact by helping others.

Checking what's app with...Chanel F (MA). She works for a medical AI company that just released a free COVID-19 imaging feature. It provides photos and descriptions of the virus to help providers with pattern recognition.

Power up with...Olivia H (OR). She's a nutritionist and is creating Breakroom Baskets, which will be delivered to health care professionals, therapists, and first responders. The baskets will be filled with protein bars, tea, supplements, and more for people on the frontlines of the pandemic to enjoy.

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