Category Archives: Coronavirus

What our response to the Covid-19 pandemic tells us of our capacity to respond to climate change

In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, many governments are currently implementing urgent, costly and radical measures to slow down the spread of the pandemic. Many of these measures result in very significant cuts in greenhouse gas emissions and atmospheric … Continue reading

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COVID-19 lockdown allows researchers to quantify the effects of human activity on wildlife

Reduced human mobility during the pandemic will reveal critical aspects of our impact on animals, providing important guidance on how best to share space on this crowded planet. Over the past few months, many countries around the world went into … Continue reading

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‘The time has come for humanity to go through its next evolution’

The novel coronavirus is nature’s way of telling us something, says environmental economist Pavan Sukhdev. He wants an economy not devoted to monetary wealth. Lockdowns around the globe have afforded the natural world an unexpected period of respite. Lower emissions, less … Continue reading

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Pandemic sheds light on importance of biodiversity

The novel coronavirus again shows that deadly illnesses can pass between species. Environmentalists hope that politicians will take urgent action to protect biodiversity and deal with the effects of climate change. “It is becoming increasingly clear that the outbreak of … Continue reading

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Stopping Deforestation Can Prevent Pandemics

Destroying habitats makes viruses and other pathogens more likely to infect humans. SARS, Ebola and now SARS-CoV-2: all three of these highly infectious viruses have caused global panic since 2002—and all three of them jumped to humans from wild animals … Continue reading

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What is COVID-19 teaching us about solving the climate crisis?

COVID-19 has rapidly changed the world we live in, as governments rightly prioritize our safety and wellbeing and ask us all to stay home. One of the upshots, for those of us lucky enough to be well, is that we … Continue reading

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Coronavirus and climate change: A tale of two crises

Coronavirus has cut emissions faster than years of climate negotiations. Does the outbreak reveal what life might be like if we were to act seriously on climate change? Or what it might be like if we don’t? China, the world’s … Continue reading

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Coronavirus pandemic linked to destruction of wildlife and world’s ecosystems

COVID-19 is the latest example of how human impact on biodiverse areas and wildlife habitats is linked to the spread of infectious diseases. The scientific consensus, on the other hand, is that the virus — SARS-CoV-2 — is a zoonotic … Continue reading

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