We will endeavour in the coming days and weeks to provide a set of curated links to articles discussing the impact of COVID-19.
15 April 2020 Human Rights Countries must not use the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to weaken environmental protection and enforcement, a UN independent human rights expert said on Wednesday. The appeal by David Boyd, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, comes after several governments have announced plans to lower environmental standards, Read more about COVID-19 environmental roll back ‘irrational’ and irresponsible’: rights expert[…]
Physical distancing has eased rush hour congestion — and is clearing the air as well David Thurton · CBC News · Posted: Apr 01, 2020 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: 2 hours ago A nearly empty street in downtown Vancouver on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. (Ben Nelms/CBC) Public health measures shutting down workplaces and schools to fight the COVID-19 pandemic Read more about Air pollution eases in four major cities as pandemic measures keep people home[…]
Published on 17/03/2020, 2:58pm IEA head Fatih Birol is calling on heads of state and international financial institutions to make coronavirus recovery plans sustainable Fatih Birol, head of the International Energy Agency, told Climate Home News economic recovery packages to mitigate the coronavirus pandemic were “a historic opportunity” to boost clean energy investments. (Photo: Friends Read more about Governments have ‘historic opportunity’ to accelerate clean energy transition, IEA says[…]
Environment‘We must not go back to the status quo’ Harry Cockburn 23 hours ago The vast shutdown necessary to fight coronavirus in countries around the world has had rapid and profound impacts on the environment. In the UK, the shutdown has already seen a huge leap in air quality with measurements of toxic small particulate Read more about Coronavirus: Greener, more equal economy must emerge after impact of Covid-19, experts say[…]
Citing virus, EPA has stopped enforcing environmental laws Ellen KnickmeyerThe Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday abruptly waived enforcement on a range of legally mandated public health and environmental protections, saying industries could have trouble complying with them during the coronavirus pandemic. The oil and gas industry were among the industries Read more about Citing virus, EPA has stopped enforcing environmental laws[…]
Coronavirus: Lockdowns continue to suppress European pollution By Jonathan AmosScience correspondent 5 hours ago Image copyrightCOPERNICUS/KNMI/ESAImage captionThere is enough data to be confident in the observed changes New data confirms the improvement in air quality over Europe – a byproduct of the coronavirus crisis. The maps on this page track changes in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) Read more about Coronavirus: Lockdowns continue to suppress European pollution[…]