10 Ways the Covid Response Harmed Society

Episode 9 Environment and Ecosystems – 10 Ways the Covid Response Harmed Society

Both positive and negative consequences were reported for global ecosystems. While some greenhouse gas emissions reduced during lockdown, methane and ozone levels actually rose and no overall decrease was found in the growth rate of emissions. While some temporary improvements occurred with ecosystems, a simultaneous decline in national park revenue and conservation activity contributed to negative effects (e.g. increases in wildlife hunting and other illegal activities). A large increase in single-use plastics occurred due to demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) while recycling and waste management were also negatively impacted.

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About the Author

Kevin Bardosh is the Director of Collateral Global, a UK-based charity dedicated to researching the global impacts of Covid-19 policy responses and helping the world better balance societal trade-offs during future health emergencies. He has worked in more than 20 countries on infectious disease control programs (including Ebola and Zika), authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and edited two books. He is currently an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health, University of Washington USA and an Honorary Lecturer at the Edinburgh Medical School, University of Edinburgh UK.

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