Coronavirus: The Whole Story


Could COVID-19 save the planet?

Ep. 24

This week we’re exploring the role COVID-19 has played in the climate crisis. As things have changed, traffic has gone down in cities, people are realising what clean air really feels like. But the short term gains on the environment are matched by the explosion of PPE - and when abandoned on the streets, can choke wildlife the same way plastics do.

We speak to UCL experts from the school of Mathematical and Physical Sciences and The Bartlett, Faculty of the Built Environment, to discuss the lessons we can learn from the government's response to COVID-19 and whether the pandemic could save the planet:

- Prof Jacquie McGlade, Professor of Natural Prosperity, Sustainable Development and Knowledge Systems

- Prof Chris Rapley, Professor of Climate Science

- Dr Rachel Freeman, Research Fellow in Energy Transitions

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