Corona may worsen climate change impact, warn experts

Manka Behl, Times of India

The upcoming season of heatwaves, tropical storms and fires could be made even more deadly this year by the combination of a world in lockdown and events worsened by climate change, an international group of scientific, health and humanirarian experts has warned.

…Stating that climate change-fuelled extreme weather events are already becoming a regular crisis for some countries, Mohamed Adow, director of Nairobi-based think tank Power Shift Africa said, “It’s almost impossible for rescuers to socially distance from those they are trying to save and often survivors end up in cramped conditions for some time. This is more evidence that we must tackle both the coronavirus and climate crises together and deploy economic recovery funds to accelerate the transition to a zero carbon society.”

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