Coronavirus lockdown: What impact on the planet?

Three and a half billion people are confined in some way around the planet. That’s almost half of the world’s population. The Covid-19 pandemic has drastically changed our daily lives. With travel halted and industries slowed or stopped, what does that mean for the environment? What effect could it have on efforts to fight climate change? Down to Earth’s team takes a look at carbon emissions, pollution, recycling and the impact on agriculture in this special episode in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

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In This Story: COVID-19

Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
  • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
  • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

Latest News about Covid-19

Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.

5 Recent Items: COVID-19

  • World AIDS Day: resources redirected towards fighting Covid-19
  • Why are French vaccine-makers lagging in the coronavirus race?
  • Powell Sees Hope, Uncertainties for Economy in Covid-19 Vaccines
  • Logistics of Vaccine Distribution Challenging: Cryoport CEO
  • Do We Need Immunity Passports for People Who Have Had the COVID-19 Vaccine? | This Morning
  • In This Story: France

    France is a republic and the largest Western European nation. Through expansion and colonisation in the 17th and 18th centuries France became a great power and still retains territories around the world. It has a seat on the UN security council and is the world’s fourth most wealthy country with a high standard of living and strong cultural identity.

    6 Recent Items: France

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  • Why are French vaccine-makers lagging in the coronavirus race?
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  • Netflix’s New TV Channel Makes Decision-Making Easier
  • One year since outbreak, Wuhan residents maintain rage at China’s response
  • French cellist captivates Paris with lockdown concerts
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