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How has a year of lockdown changed our environment?

  • by JW

How we – and the natural world – have been changed by the pandemic.


A year ago, there was a lot of talk about the future of the environment:

Coronavirus: the impact on the environment – Vision Group for Sidmouth

The environmental fallout from the coronavirus crisis – Vision Group for Sidmouth

Have coronavirus concerns shut down talk of climate change? – Vision Group for Sidmouth


Later there was the promise of extra cash for pop-up cycle lanes:

COVID-19 Recovery Framework and guide for high streets – Vision Group for Sidmouth

There was research into how much we really managed to reduce emissions and air pollution:

Covid has had little impact on carbon emissions – Vision Group for Sidmouth

And into what has been happening to other pollution:

Coronavirus and plastic pollution: ‘the fight goes on’ – Vision Group for Sidmouth

As well as a look at bigger concerns around our relationship with nature:

Covid and ecology – Vision Group for Sidmouth


Tonight’s ‘Costing the Earth’ on Radio 4 looks at these issues one year on:


Lockdown Planet

How has one year of lockdown changed our environment in the UK and around the world? Tom Heap is joined by air quality expert, Ally Lewis, psychologist Lorraine Whitmarsh and the BBC’s South Korea correspondent, Laura Bicker to find out how we- and the natural world- have been changed by the pandemic.

BBC Radio 4 – Costing the Earth

BBC Radio 4 – Costing the Earth, Lockdown Planet


With a little more here:

Professor Alastair Lewis – About staff, University of York

Defra seeking expertise on air pollution and coronavirus links – Air Quality News

And here:

Lorraine Whitmarsh — the University of Bath’s research portal

Who are science’s frequent flyers? Climate researchers

Almost half of people plan to fly less post-lockdown | The Independent | The Independent