Comment: Why climate lockdowns could replace Covid-19 restrictions in future

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22nd September, 2020
Comment: Why climate lockdowns could replace Covid-19 restrictions in future
Shifting Arctic ice, wildfires in western US states and methane leaks in the North Sea are all warning signs that we are approaching a tipping point on climate change. Picture: Getty

As Covid-19 spread earlier this year, governments introduced lockdowns in order to prevent a public-health emergency from spinning out of control. In the near future, the world may need to resort to lockdowns again – this time to tackle a climate emergency.

Shifting Arctic ice, raging wildfires in western US states and elsewhere, and methane leaks in the North Sea are all warning signs that we are approaching a tipping point on climate change, when...

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