David Wallace Wells: Coronavirus and Carbon Pollution

April 21, 2020

Useful and even somewhat uplifting conversation with author David Wallace Wells of New York magazine.

10 Responses to “David Wallace Wells: Coronavirus and Carbon Pollution”

  1. redskylite Says:

    Thanks for sharing an excellent interview, that really pinpoints the situation. More than a just a hemisphere (as stated by David), it’s global. One thing that worries me it that immunity is not guaranteed on recovery, according to quite a few news reports I’ve read; it seems at least some people can be re-infected. So many unknowns (compared with Climate CHange, Who knows maybe it’s a threat we have to live with for some time, such a tiny but fearsome predator. Puts climate change in perspective.

    • redskylite Says:

      DeSmog – “This story is a part of Covering Climate Now’s week of coverage focused on Climate Solutions, to mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Covering Climate Now is a global journalism collaboration committed to strengthening coverage of the climate story.”

      First came a denial that it was a problem at all, then a denial of its depth and gravity. Later came an acceptance of the problem but the stance that responding is too economically costly. And as with the climate crisis, this is no accident. The well-funded machinery that sowed doubt about climate is now sowing seeds of doubt over the economic and public health response to COVID-19.

      DeSmog previously reported that many conservative groups and individuals who for years downplayed the gravity of the climate crisis did the same as the coronavirus outbreak worsened around the world and eventually made its way into the United States.

      Now, weeks into that public health crisis — and with more than three-quarters of a million cases and over 41,000 deaths in the U.S. — groups nationwide are clamoring for an early end to stay-at-home orders and a reopening of state economies. Many of those same groups, a DeSmog investigation shows, are also part of what sociologist Robert Brulle has called the climate change countermovement and what U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has coined the “web of denial.”

      https://www.desmogblog.com/2020/04/20/covid-19-liberate-conservative-groups-climate-denial

  2. jimbills Says:

    Good recap of the past week:

  3. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    When DWW cited the analysis that China acting 3 weeks earlier would have prevented 95% of worldwide spread and NY acting 2 weeks earlier would have prevented 90% of local spread, I automatically reflected on the aspect of human behavior where people wouldn’t notice a problem that never came up. The Usual Suspects, for example, were whining about all the “alarmism” regarding the spread of the H1N1 Swine Flu in 2009, when in fact it is the concern itself in the first place which motivated the actions that helped fight it before it became a global problem (though it wasn’t nearly as contagious or deadly as this SARS-CoV-2 we’re facing now).

    That’s why there are not often resources to prevent a problem but plenty when it comes to cleaning it up.

  4. Sir Charles Says:

    265 million at risk / Coronavirus pandemic ‘will cause famine of biblical proportions’
    Governments must act now to stop 265 million starving, warns World Food Programme boss
    https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/apr/21/coronavirus-pandemic-will-cause-famine-of-biblical-proportions

    Air pollution may be ‘key contributor’ to Covid-19 deaths – study
    Research shows almost 80% of deaths across four countries were in most polluted regions
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/20/air-pollution-may-be-key-contributor-to-covid-19-deaths-study


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