Environmental effects of the pandemic and response

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Reduced Economic Activity

Analysis and tools to learn about behavior change from reduced economic activity during pandemic response.

Airborne Nitrogen Dioxide Plummets Over China


NASA’s Earth Observatory reports on reduced air pollution as Wuhan, China responds to pandemic.

How the Coronavirus Is (and Is Not) Affecting the Environment


US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) reports environmental effects of Coronavirus.

Air Now


Historical, current, and forecast air quality data from US federal government for US, Canada, and Mexico.

Resurgent natures? More-than-human perspectives on COVID-19


Essay published in Dialogues in Human Geography criticizes the "Earth is healing, we are the virus" meme that has become popular during the pandemic.

Coronavirus disrupts global fight to save endangered species


Discusses COVID-19 as a barrier to ongoing environnmental preservation efforts.

Climate Change

Implications of pandemic and response for the ability to address global climate change.

Coronavirus, Climate Change, and the Environment: A Conversation on COVID-19 with Dr. Aaron Bernstein, Director of Harvard C-CHANGE


Frequently asked questions and expert responses on COVID-19 and the environment.

The Climate-COVID19 Nexus


CEO and author of The Grey Rhino, Michelle Wucker, compares COVID-19 and climate change as obvious, large-scale crises.

The US has a collective action problem that’s larger than the coronavirus crisis


Data show one of the strongest predictors of social distancing behavior is attitudes toward climate change.

What does the Coronavirus outbreak mean for climate change?


Radio Corona podcast and transcript with James Temple, Senior Energy Editor for MIT Technology Review, and a group of experts.

The unholy alliance of COVID-19, nationalism, and climate change


James Temple, MIT Technology Review, explains that when the pandemic wanes, a poorer, more divided world will still face the rapidly rising threat of global warming.

Why a post COVID-19 recovery must ensure a transformation of our food system


Feedback, an environmental organisation based in London, argue that Food is a right, not a luxury, and it’s time for our food system to reflect this.

Coronavirus offers chance to create fairer UK food supply chain, say experts


Why growing food isn't the same as making cars


Feedback, an environmental organisation based in London, outlines how the 'Just in Time' model used by supermarkets has failed in the current crisis and discusses how to build a sustainable food system.

Environmental health and strengthening resilience to pandemics

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From containment to recovery: Environmental responses to the COVID-19 pandemic

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OECD Policy recommendations

Consumption, Disposal, Recycling

States and stores are banning reusable bags during COVID-19 pandemic. Is it safe to use them?


Minnesota public radio (MPR) reporting on US states and major retailer Target banning reusable bags as a response to COVID-19.

How face masks, gloves and other coronavirus waste is polluting our ocean


World Economic Forum blog post reporting on discarded items in oceans.

Air Pollution and Health Outcomes

Air pollution linked with higher COVID-19 death rates



Blog post and study page reporting research conducted at Harvard. Analysis of nationwide US data shows people with COVID-19 who live in U.S. regions with high levels of air pollution are more likely to die from the disease than people who live in less polluted areas.