The Urbanist

Coronavirus and the climate

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26 March 2020

Episode 441

30 minutes


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More than a quarter of the world’s population is currently living under lockdown. Restrictive measures are necessary to keep us – and our cities – safe. What is the impact on our planet of people staying at home, offices closing and factories stopping?

26 March 2020

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

Low emissions

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As the coronavirus is declared a pandemic and citizens remain at home, stories have emerged of a global dip in emissions. But not all is what it seems, as the environmental journalist Beth Gardiner explains.

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Chapter 3

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Chapter 3

Clear water

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In Venice, as the cruise ships are gone, tourists far away and people cocooned at home, the water of the city’s canals has become blue and crystal clear. We hear from Francesco Musco, the professor in Urban and Environmental Planning at the University of Venice. 

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