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Learning from COVID-19 to Fight Climate Change

Eliza Barclay of Vox, NASA’s Cynthia Rosenzweig, Council expert Roger Thurow, and Devex’s Teresa Welsh discussed the lessons we can learn from the coronavirus pandemic to tackle climate change.
Eliza Barclay
Cynthia E. Rosenzweig
Roger Thurow
Teresa Welsh
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What do climate change and pandemics have in common? Although experts have long warned of the dire consequences of these threats, the world remains woefully unprepared to solve them. Yet, as governments have taken drastic actions to respond to COVID-19, there have been significant unintended climate benefits globally, such as decreased air and water pollution. What lessons can we learn from this pandemic to tackle climate change? Over the long-term, what strategies and behaviors could societies adopt to maintain and expand these gains?

About the Speakers
Science and Health Editor, Vox
Cynthia E. Rosenzweig
Senior Research Scientist, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig is a senior research scientist at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, where she heads the Climate Impacts Group. She is also a senior research scientist at Columbia University's Center for Climate Systems Research, cofounder of the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project, cochair of the New York City Panel on Climate Change, and codirector of the Urban Climate Change Research Network.
Roger Thurow
Former Senior Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture
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Roger Thurow spent three decades at The Wall Street Journal as a foreign correspondent based in Europe and Africa prior to joining the Council in 2010. His coverage spanned the fall of the Berlin Wall, the release of Nelson Mandela, the end of apartheid, and humanitarian crises. He is the author of three books.
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Senior Reporter, Devex
Teresa Welsh is a senior reporter at Devex. She has reported from more than 10 countries and is currently based in Washington, DC. Her coverage focuses on Latin America; US foreign assistance policy; fragile states; food systems and nutrition; and refugees and migration. She is also the author of the weekly newsletter Devex Dish on transforming the global food system.