Let's Talk Global Warming

Episode 9: COVID-19 & Climate Change

March 30, 2020 Stevi Season 1 Episode 9
Let's Talk Global Warming
Episode 9: COVID-19 & Climate Change
Show Notes Transcript

COVID-19 has run rampant around the world. Economies are suffering, public health is weakening, and panic is arising. But, has anyone stopped to ask how COVID-19 is affecting the climate? Even better, has anyone stopped to wonder what part climate change played in making COVID-19 worse? I explain this and more in this episode of Let's Talk Global Warming. 

SOURCES:

China and New York Emissions (BBC):

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51944780

American Lung Association: 

https://www.lung.org/clean-air/outdoors/what-makes-air-unhealthy/nitrogen-dioxide

Nitrogen Dioxide (NASA):

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/blogs/earthmatters/?p%3D7966%26src%3Deorss-blogs

Dr. Aaron Bernstein (Center for Climate, Health, and The Global Environment) 

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/c-change/news/coronavirus-climate-change-and-the-environment/

US Stimulus Deal:

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/25/whats-in-stimulus-package-coronavirus-149282

New York Times:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/27/opinion/sunday/coronavirus-climate-change.html

International Energy Agency:

https://www.iea.org/commentaries/put-clean-energy-at-the-heart-of-stimulus-plans-to-counter-the-coronavirus-crisis 

Music:
“News Theme” by Kevin MacLeod licensed under CC BY. Edited to be shorter but content was not changed. 

Link to Song Profile: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4122-news-theme/

Link to Author’s Profile: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/artists/profile/9-kevin-macleod/

Link to license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode

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Welcome to Let's ta global warming. My name is Stevie. Just a reminder. This is a purely informational channeled. All of my fax come from verified and dependable sources, all of what you could check yourselves the links and description of this episode because it's all anyone could talk about. Right now, I'm going to jump on the bandwagon and talk about Corona wires. Corona virus has taken thousands of lives around the world, led to thousands of business in school closures and more panic thing to be measured. Today, I'm going to be discussing how climate change is related to Cova. 19 and other political response to Cova 19 will shape the future of climate change for decades to come. Many like two separate public health in the environment as two different and completely unrelated problems. The reality is that public health is extremely dependent on the environment, so much so that Dr Aaron Bernstein, who is the director for Harvard Center for Climate Health in Global Environment, says that the two problems are largely the same problem. While there isn't any direct evidence linking the spread of Kobe 19 a climate change, there is direct evidence selling so spread of infectious diseases to climate change. But first you've gotta understand what an infectious disease is. An infectious disease comes from an organism which carries disease, such as a virus or bacteria thes air called pathogens. Now there are a couple of different ways of these pathogens can be spread because of global warming. The 1st 1 is well warming. As the earth gets hotter, animals migrate towards the poles to get to cooler habitats. As these animals migrate in territories new to them, they bring pathogens from their old habitat with them and are exposed to pathogens they wouldn't have otherwise been exposed to in old habitats. Basically, you've got hordes of living pathogen containers that Kerry pathogens to new places. Another way that pathogens can be spread is because of habitat loss. Habitats are usually lost due to four station. After creatures lose their habitats, they bring pathogens with them as they migrate and pick up new ones to spread along the way. This is likely what occurred during the Ebola epidemic, which is believed to have been caused by bats who carried Ebola as they migrated after deforestation left them with no home. In another episode, I'll explain the relation between climate change and infectious diseases. Further, the migration of animals is one way the environments affecting infectious diseases like over 19. However, it isn't the only one. Another factor that is worsening the spread of Corona viruses, air pollution, air pollution is putting more people at risk for catching severe cases of Corona virus. Dr Aaron Bernstein says it is Q and a session that people exposed to air pollution are more susceptible to a life threatening cases of Coben 19 because of their weekend lungs, in the same way a smoker would be more susceptible to severe cases. This was found during a study of the SARS virus, which is a virus that is very similar to Copan, 19 where it was found that people who breathe dirtier air were about twice as likely to die from the virus than those who breathed in clean air. Now that you know how the environment is affecting Corona bars, let's move on to how Corona virus is affecting the environment. If you've been on social media seeing the news recently, or maybe just looked at the same New York Times article I did, you may have seen broadcasts about the suddenly clear water in Venice, Italy, since quarantines began due to less motor traffic and fogs of pollution lifted in Seattle, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta. Not only is Earth visibly becoming a little cleaner, emissions in several areas have plummeted since quarantining began, according to the BBC. Countries around the world are seeing drastic drops and emissions while people quarantined at home. For example, since New York has going into quarantine, carbon monoxide levels have been reduced by nearly 50% compared to the emissions present at the same time a year before. This is likely due to a 35% drop in traffic levels as carbon monoxide is prominently produced by vehicle emissions. New York has also experienced a 5 to 10% drop in carbon dioxide emissions, as well as a significant drop in methane emissions. NASA has also recorded record drops in nitrogen dioxide in both China and Italy since the quarantines have begun, according to the American Lung Association, nitrogen dioxide is an air pollutant commonly released from the burning of fossil fuels as harmful effects on the lungs and has been known to cause asthma and Children now. This doesn't mean that all of a sudden the air is healthy, especially in China, where air cleanliness is extremely bad. But it does mean that the levels of summer pollutants went down significantly over a short period of time due to quarantines and the closing of pollutant releasing industries like the fossil fuel industry to end. On a positive note, The New York Times reported that China's overall emissions have dropped drastically since quarantining has begun. In February alone, there was a 25% drop in total Chinese emissions. This is estimated to be equivalent to 200 million tons of carbon dioxide. That's equal to about half of the emissions released in Britain annually, despite how bright the future looks for global warming awareness. With all of these drastic emission drops, the economic stimulus packages many countries are rolling out sick toe overshadow the emission drops we see today and increase emissions exponentially for the sake of a return to economic normality. This is a big fear because it's happened before. An increase in emissions because of an economic deficit was seen during the global financial crash from 2008 to 2009 or carbon emissions rose 5% as a result of economic stimulus package is like the ones being passed now, according to the Guardian, the predicted economic fallout will likely hold billions and green infrastructure change, especially regard to clean energy investments. This is likely due to the fact that 70% of this clean energy infrastructure comes from the government, which is currently preoccupied with dreams of eternal economic growth and a return to how the world was before. The fear is that climate change will go on the back burner of governments agendas as they do whatever is necessary to get the economy back on track. The other fear is that governments will support big industries with high emission rates, like the airline industry, without regulating the amount of emissions they released. In the midst of this disaster, environmental groups are calling for regulations and changes in funding to support a healthier environment because this is the first time in decades governments have gotten the chance to sit down every building economy. This time, environmental groups want climate change, preventative policies to be written into our new economy through policies that stimulate the renewable energy sector instead of the fossil fuel industry and regulations on high emissions industries to try to get emissions to minimal or zero if possible. In the US this was partially achieved in the recently passed stimulus deal, according to Politico. While Democrats didn't get the tax breaks they wanted for the renewable energy industry, they did prevent federal aid for the oil industry, which releases tons of dangerous emissions every day. Democrats also failed to include conditions on eight airline companies, which would have required commitments for cutting emissions. In many other countries, the green agenda is taking much more of a blow, according to the New York Times. Chinese policymakers have already said they were relax environmental supervision of companies to boost the economy. The prime minister of the Czech Republic, Andre Bobby's, has called to set aside their European green deal in order to fight the pandemic and boost economy afterwards. The Green Deal is a policy package that commits each you member to zero emissions by 2050. This remarkable stuff towards a cleaner future is being jeopardized by the politics of the pandemic to sum everything up countries a regressing back to post climate change awareness governments are investing in short term solutions that will hurt our environment in the long run, when they should be taking the opportunity offered by this pandemic to shake up how climate change is tackled. We live in a generation where, according to the International Energy Agency, the prices of green technology like solar panels and wind turbines have gone down significantly since passed stimulus packages were needed. In addition, major projects needed to reduce emissions, like carbon capture technology, are in desperate need of investment so that they can upscale production in lower prices quickly. It's only logical that at a time when green technology isn't the most optimal position for use and investment, the government's take the opportunity that this pandemic offers and invest in clean energy. Don't get me wrong. The effect of the Corona virus is having on our world is a tragedy. But as a world we must realize like any tragedy, we must become better because of it. After all, the suffering in fear we feel is over. Will we grow or regress change for the better or worse. Together we have to look behind the shiny short term solutions that in the long run cause more harm than good and look to the future. Covert night team may still, however, have one more positive effect on the society it leaves behind. Corona virus will eventually be a thing of the past, but according to jail environment 360 the changes it leaves behind will be important to what our society becomes after. Because of the pandemic, many employees and students have had to work from home, and a lot of people are liking it. Businesses may soon realize that having their employees work from home will save them the money of having to upkeep large office buildings. This remote working environment will substantially decrease emissions from automobile use as the number of people commuting decreases and also decrease the emissions related to the upkeep of large office buildings, such as air conditioning in power. This pandemic may also reduce the growth of international trade. As cove in 19 forces countries to shut down, shortages are becoming much more common, especially in essentials like pharmaceutical, drugs and medical equipment. This forces countries to be self reliant and begin producing these products on their own. If countries produce their own goods, this is less shipping going on, which reduces oil demand. Less oil means lowered reliance on fossil fuels, which is a step in the right direction for a better environment. As you can see, the fight in Cove in 19 is deeply intertwined with the fight to end climate change. In a way, climate change is actually a lot like Cove in 19 Light Cove in 19. Global warming is a dangerous assailant that has and will harm us. The differences that Cove in 19 came at once, quickly and clearly. Global warming will hit us slowly in the former. More bushfires like the ones we saw in Australia in the form of epidemics like Ebola, SARS in Cove in 19 and in the form of increased intensity and frequency of hurricanes like those we have seen in the southern United States for years. Climate change isn't the threat that is going to wave us down, and hell I'm here. Come and get me. It is going to gradually increase the frequency of national and international disasters until one day we realize that climate change is riel and bad. We will realize eventually that the silly illusions of economic growth, at zero consequence, will cost future generations the basic necessities of life, clean air, drinkable water and an environment they can survive in. It will cost them. Not us. The world is investing in, give rich schemes and neglecting to look forward. And if you don't think that global warming is taking lives like Coben, 19 is, let me leave you with this prediction. Assistant Professor Marshall Burke of Stanford's Earth System Science Department is cited in the New York Times article with her prediction that the recent two months of reduced pollution likely saved the lives of 4000 Children under the age of five and 73 1000 adults over the age of 70 who would have otherwise died because of pollution. Two months likely saved not hundreds, but thousands of lives. Add that to all the lives lost in natural disasters. Yearly lives are being lost daily. We're running out of time. Climate change is a disaster, and the inaction will be the next pandemic that costs us if you have any questions or there's a climate change topic you like me to talk about, don't forget to comment on the instagram post associated with this episode or in the comments section below, and if you haven't already subscribe to this podcast and follow me on Instagram at talking underscore about underscore Global underscore warming. Spread the word about this channel so that more people can be informed about global warming and we could take true steps to saving our world from climate change. Thanks for listening.