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In the shadow of Covid

Has our climate change agenda been eclipsed by the coronavirus?

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IN THE SHADOW OF COVID: Has our climate change agenda been eclipsed by the coronavirus?

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IN THE SHADOW OF COVID: Has our climate change agenda been eclipsed by the coronavirus?

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A polar bear standing on melting sea ice in Svalbard, Norway. Glaciers and permafrost are melting at a faster rate than ever; and natural disasters and freak weather patterns have become more prevalent, according to various scientific agencies globally.

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Coal barges along Mahakam river in Samarinda, East Kalimantan province, Indonesia. While the cost of renewable energy technologies has been falling in recent years, fossil fuels are still cheaper for now, which means countries that are less well off could be priced out of the former.

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Young climate change activists during a demonstration of the Fridays for Future movement in Lausanne, Switzerland. In the last two years a global momentum led in part by youths like Greta Thunberg has helped the climate agenda gain traction.

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A woman wading through waters after homes were flooded in Budalangi within Busia County, Kenya. The impact of climate change has social and financial implications, much like how the pandemic has highlighted the problem of social inequality.

IF the first six months of 2020 should offer any wisdom about the human race, it is that we are seldom prepared for scenarios that present high risks but have a low probability of happening.

The Covid-19 pandemic is exactly such a scenario.

In just seven months, the novel...

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