COVID-19 Archives - State of the Planet

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COVID-19 Policy Could Lead to a Spike in Methane Emissions

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has announced that during the COVID-19 pandemic it will “exercise discretion” in enforcing natural gas pipeline safety regulations.

by Romany Webb |April 10, 2020
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COVID-19 Provides Lessons on Climate Adaptation for Cities

Some policies can simultaneously address public health threats, reduce emissions and provide for a city’s recovery.

by Amy Turner |April 8, 2020
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Public Participation in the Coronavirus Age

How governments can ensure transparency and public access to information while social distancing continues.

by Hillary Aidun and Daniel Metzger |April 6, 2020

Education During a Global Pandemic

As educators, we are responsible for ensuring that the expertise needed to maintain this complex world continues to be regenerated.

by |April 6, 2020
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Letter from Bhopal: Facing COVID-19, Citizens Spread Masks, Food and Hope

On Monday at 9:00 a.m. EDT, join a live video conversation with people in India who are helping to sew masks for front-line workers and distribute food to those in need.

by |April 3, 2020
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After the Pandemic: Designing a Just and Resilient Economy For All

In a recent online discussion, economists emphasized the need to establish a new system that factors in sustainability and well-being.

by Dale Willman |April 3, 2020
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Lessons from African Feminists Mobilizing Against COVID-19

Grassroots activists share their strategies on caring for oneself and one another, and on building societies grounded in solidarity and equity.

by Meredith Forsyth |April 3, 2020
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Trump’s ‘Industry First, Science Last’ Agenda Is Costing Lives

The president’s ongoing war on science has significantly weakened researchers’ ability to respond to COVID-19 and other looming public health and environmental crises.

by Romany Webb and Lauren Kurtz |April 2, 2020
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EPA’s COVID-19 Policy Will Further Restrict Public Access to Climate Data

While hiding inconvenient facts may not be the intention behind EPA’s COVID-19 policy, it could very well be its effect.

by Romany Webb |April 2, 2020
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As COVID-19 Halts Climate Expeditions, Scientists Grapple with Uncertainties

In addition to its devastating impact on human life, the coronavirus pandemic is creating significant setbacks for climate research.

by |April 1, 2020