ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Climate Change Challenges amid Covid-19


The pandemic, which has killed more than 2 million people globally so far, was arguably the most prominent event of 2020. The increasingly visible repercussions of climate change, such as
record-breaking wildfires, flooding, and more extreme temperatures, were especially prominent in 2021. These two crises have a remarkable resemblance in that they both resulted in deaths that could have been avoided if worldwide efforts had been made. Furthermore, the pandemic could put additional strain on livelihoods and resources already strained by climate change.

Although the political and societal focus has switched to minimising the pandemic’s health and economic effects, climate change and its ramifications should not be overlooked. Climate change is particularly important because, according to the United Nations (UN) Environment Programme’s Emissions Gap Report 2020, published in December 2020, the world is on the path to experiencing a global temperature rise of more than 3°C this century. This rise is a frightening notion, given that December 2020 commemorates the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement, which seeks to keep global warming below 2°C relative to pre-industrial levels.

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