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Daily Briefing May 11: Israel’s biodiversity is in decline. So are COVID cases

Environment reporter Sue Surkes brings a startling comptroller report; health reporter Nathan Jeffay explains global urgency of vaccine booster and talks of ‘prejudice psychology’

Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 15-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world, from Sunday through Thursday.

Health reporter Nathan Jeffay and environment reporter Sue Surkes join host Amanda Borschel-Dan.

A state comptroller report released yesterday found that “around 89% of ecosystems in Israel have declined in terms of biodiversity.” The report also talks about the spread of invasive species. What else does the report say?

Masks came off in Israel about three weeks ago. What are we seeing in terms of new COVID infections? Here in Israel, the third vaccine dose is universally available and many are eligible for a fourth, but that’s hardly the case worldwide. A new study underlines the urgency of rolling out a vaccine booster.

Next, we hear about how the human brain appears programmed to overestimate the size of minority groups around it, potentially fueling prejudice.

Surkes tells us about the upcoming November environmental awareness relay run, “Running out of Time.”

Discussed articles include:

Israeli study shows importance of COVID boosters, lacking in much of the world

Prejudice psychology? Israeli study finds brain inflates numbers in minority groups

Israel to take part in world’s longest non-stop relay to highlight climate change

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