The COVID-19 / Climate Change Nexus – – – – 10 Key Impacts

______Assessing China / The TEA Collaborative______

The COVID-19 pandemic holds lots of lessons for addressing the climate change challenge.  I’ll tackle the knottiest set of lessions — those concerning differing global responses, U.S. partisan cleavages, the psychology of risk and individual choice, and the ethics — in an upcoming post.

For now, I will simply set out a list of ten major impacts which the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the climate change mitigation effort.  Four negative, four positive, and two ‘the jury is out.’

FOUR NEGATIVE IMPACTS

POACHING, LOGGING & PROTECTED AREAS LOSS

The impacts of COVID-19 — reducing mobility, leading to job cuts, and diverting world attention — have made the work of guarding against poaching, illegal logging and other threats to protected areas much more difficult to accomplish. Endangered specie and protected areas are suffering as a direct consequence.  Possibly, enhanced satellite surveillance and monitoring may be put to greater use in the…

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Published by Terry Cooke

Terry Cooke is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of GC3 Strategy, a company started in 2002 which currently acts as operating partner to public private partnership platforms in the energy and environment sector and the public health sector and also offers consultancy services relating to U.S.-Greater China technology supply chains. Terry was a 2010 Public Policy Scholar at the Kissinger Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. His book Sustaining U.S.-China Cooperation in Clean Energy was published by the Wilson Center in 2012. From 2006-2008, Terry was Director of Asian Partnership Development for the Geneva-based World Economic Forum. In 2003, Terry left the U.S. Senior Foreign Commercial Service having served as the U.S. Government's top commercial official in Taipei, Taiwan and Berlin, Germany and as the deputy senior commercial officer in Tokyo, Japan. Terry also served as Commercial Officer in Shanghai, China from 1988-90. Terry received his PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1985. He has diplomatic proficiency in Mandarin (Chinese), Japanese, German, French and also limited proficiency in Hindi/Nepali.

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