What the Climate Crisis Looks Like in a Covid-Altered World28 May 2020
In April, after months of economic shutdowns in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, daily global carbon emissions plunged 17% over the same period a year earlier, according to a study in the journal Nature Climate Change. But that’s likely to be a temporary blip as economies begin to emerge from the pandemic and common sources of emissions start up again.
Meanwhile, the virus-stricken Bengal coast has been pummeled by Cyclone Amphan and scientists are predicting a bad hurricane season in the Atlantic, raising questions about how governments will deal with dual crises. Will all this prompt government stimulus plans to be more green? Will coronavirus be the spark we need to move toward lasting environmental change?
We hosted a webinar on June 2nd on where the climate crisis conversation goes in a world altered by Covid-19. Guest experts Rachel Kyte, Dean of the Fletcher School at Tufts University and former Chief Climate Officer at the World Bank, and Justin Worland, energy and environment correspondent for Time Magazine, shared their thoughts and took questions from participants.
- Rachel Kyte (@rkyte365) is the 14th Dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University. A 2002 graduate of Fletcher’s Global Master of Arts Program and a professor of practice at the school since 2012, Kyte is the first woman to lead the nation’s oldest graduate-only school of international affairs. Prior to joining Fletcher, Kyte served as special representative of the UN secretary-general and chief executive officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL). She previously was the World Bank Group vice president and special envoy for climate change, leading the Bank Group’s efforts to shift its operations and campaign for the Paris Agreement.
- Justin Worland (@JustinWorland) is the Climate Correspondent at TIME based in Washington D.C. He has covered everything from climate activism to the behind-the-scenes negotiations that led to the Paris Agreement to the ups and downs of the oil and gas industry. He has written several cover stories, including Greta Thunberg's Person of the Year cover story and has received multiple awards for his coverage including the SEAL award for environmental journalism. Prior to the climate beat, he covered both health and politics.
- G20 Governments Bankrolling the Fossil Fuel Industry with at least $77 Billion a Year – Report by Friends of the Earth U.S, and Oil Change International
- Wartsila analysis of electricity transition – Press Release from April 17
- Will Low Oil Prices Help or Hurt the Fight Against Climate Change? That Depends on Us - Time Magazine, April 27, 2020
- Global Air Pollution Has Fallen Due to the Coronavirus Outbreak, but Experts Warn It Isn’t a Silver Lining – Time Magazine, April 1, 2020
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