What is it about?

COVID-19 and climate change have much in common. • They both threaten humans; they have both led us to make changes in how we live. They are both particularly bad for vulnerable populations – people who are disadvantaged either because of their health, or because of their economic status. • Scientists are studying both, but there still remains a lot that is unknown. In both cases, we are still trying to work out what the long-term effects might be. In both cases, gaps in what we know sometimes get filled with information that isn’t true. • They are both happening on a global scale, and both need to be tackled with international co-operation.

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KEY TAKEAWAY: Both climate change and COVID-19 represent a growing trend: threats that affect everyone around the world, and where both the causes and the solutions a complex mix of political, economic, social and technological factors. These kinds of threats need strong governance at international, national and local levels. In the case of COVID-19, governments acted relatively quickly and firmly. This same kind of leadership is needed in tackling the challenges of climate change.

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This page is a summary of: Interactions between two existential threats: COVID-19 and climate change, Climate Risk Management, January 2021, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.crm.2021.100363.
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