Many people have bonded more with their pets in lockdown, which has helped reduced anxiety and stress. More broadly though, the pandemic also raises questions of our wider relationships with animals, with naturalist Jane Goodall declaring that ‘humanity will be finished’ if we fail to adapt our treatment of animals in response to the crisis. She blames COVID-19 on the over-exploitation of the natural world, industrial factory farming and our disrespect for both wild and farmed animals.
From gloves to PPE to disposable cups and meal boxes, coronavirus has led to increased plastic use in many people’s daily lives. But could the pandemic result in the development of new materials that can protect both our health and the environment? How can plastic waste be processed more efficiently, even if its virus contaminated? Dr David Xie from WMG explores the impact of plastic in the pandemic
Lockdown has highlighted our reliance on motorised methods of transportation, which have an insidious and detrimental impact on our environment and ultimately our health. The consequences of returning to mid-1950s traffic levels include reduced aerial pollutants and a quieter, more pleasant environment. Professor Rob Lillywhite reviews the environmental impact of the pandemic.