COVID-19 has helped the environment, but it can’t save us from climate change

A person is seen at a coastal lookout following the easing of restrictions implemented to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Sydney, Australia, June 22, 2020.  REUTERS/Loren Elliott - RC26EH9VPJHE

As a result of coronavirus, wildlife sightings are increasing, air quality is improving and carbon emissions are dropping. Image: REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Peter Soroye
PhD Student in Conservation Biology, L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa
Jeremy Kerr
Research Chair in Macroecology and Conservation, Professor of Biology, Chair of Department of Biology, L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa
Tim Newbold
Senior research fellow, Centre for Biodiversity and Environment, UCL
Our Impact
The Big Picture
Explore and monitor how COVID-19 is affecting economies, industries and global issues
A hand holding a looking glass by a lake
Crowdsource Innovation
Get involved with our crowdsourced digital platform to deliver impact at scale
Stay up to date:


Have you read?
Bombus ternarius, the tricoloured bumblebee, seen on Manitoulin Island, Ont. Image: Peter Soroye
Coronavirus Covid-19 virus infection China Hubei Wuhan contagion spread economics dow jones S&P 500 stock market crash 1929 depression great recession
Climate change has caused a decline of bumblebees across North America and Europe. Image: Science Magazine
Don't miss any update on this topic

Create a free account and access your personalized content collection with our latest publications and analyses.

Sign up for free

License and Republishing

World Economic Forum articles may be republished in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Public License, and in accordance with our Terms of Use.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author alone and not the World Economic Forum.

Related topics:
COVID-19Future of the EnvironmentPlastics and the Environment
World Economic Forum logo
Global Agenda

The Agenda Weekly

A weekly update of the most important issues driving the global agenda

Subscribe today

You can unsubscribe at any time using the link in our emails. For more details, review our privacy policy.

Here’s what to know about the new COVID-19 Pirola variant

Lora du Moulin and Charlotte Edmond

October 11, 2023

About Us



Partners & Members

  • Join Us

Language Editions

Privacy Policy & Terms of Service

© 2023 World Economic Forum