VA - Researchers Probing Links Between Pandemic and Environment

As the COVID-19 pandemic reshapes human activity, the health of the environment remains an issue of importance for the long-term well-being of people and the climate. Researchers with the University of Virginia’s Environmental Resilience Institute are continuing their work, and are expanding their efforts to include working to understand how the pandemic affects human interactions within the context of the environment and its longer-term sustainability.

The institute is organizing webinars, issuing grants and launching an idea-management platform.

On Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., the institute will host a webinar that brings together three faculty members to discuss “COVID-19 and the Environment“: environmental sciences professor Scott Doney, Spanish professor Charlotte Rogers and public policy and economics professor Jay Shimshack. (You can register here.)

“We hope to generate dialogue with participants around research projects that focus on the environmental consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic as it unfolds and eventually subsides,” Karen McGlathery, director of the Environmental Resilience Institute, said. “What can we learn from this crisis about mitigating climate change and other environmental challenges?”

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