Is the Coronavirus Pandemic Good for the Climate?

Following large scale shutdown of cities and industries, the coronavirus pandemic has temporarily reduced China’s CO2 emissions by a quarter. While international government actions to contain and slow the virus spread vary in aggressiveness it appears certain that international travel – tourism will be seriously impacted for the foreseeable future. With air travel as a…

Threat Assessment Research: Comparing Global Phenomena, Coronavirus vs Climate Change

If you follow the public input on the emerging coronavirus and look at how it compares to the history of the climate change learning curve, there are overlapping similarities. The similarities of a virulent Pandemic and Climate Change Global Magnitude Rate of change/emergence: Affected regions, unprecedented, when accounting for phenomena emergence, i.e. the rate of…

Climate change and pathogens [Wuhan Coronavirus]

The frequency with which new, serious disease epidemics have been occurring is briefly mentioned, also in light of climate change, and climate and other pathogens. Columbia University State of the Planet (2014), Renee Cho wrote: [Generally], when it’s warmer, the disease transmission system speeds up. Some scientists think that climate change, with its increase in…

On Permafrost Thaw

The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow: Dr. Katey Walter Anthony: What’s Happening to the Permafrost? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fetZbsIH_yk France 24: Could thawing permafrost unleash long-gone … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8pSo3_0gkk Yale Climate Connections: Permafrost: The Tipping … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLCgybStZ4g Neanderthal extinction https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neanderthal_extinction Sound effects by Boom Library https://www.boomlibrary.com Music by Epic Stock Media http://epicstockmedia.com Further reading Neanderthals Could Have Been Killed…

The spread of viruses like Zika and climate change

Climate change is expected to alter the geographic and seasonal distributions of existing vectors and vector-borne diseases [Likely, High Confidence]. Rising temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, and a higher frequency of some extreme weather events associated with climate change will influence the distribution, abundance, and prevalence of infection in the mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus…