What the Climate Crisis Looks Like in a Covid-Altered World

What the Climate Crisis Looks Like in a Covid-Altered World

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?

Banner image: Sign held during a global climate strike on Sept. 20, 2019 / Credit: Markus Spiske on Unsplash

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