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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