The Carbon Toll of Covid

Pierre Noël was interviewed by the Christian Science Monitor for his take on how carbon emissions will be addressed amid COVID-19 economic recovery.

“As countries around the world think about economic recovery plans to emerge from the pandemic, two opposite things are happening, says Pierre Noël, a global research scholar at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy. In more developed countries, some governments are taking the opportunity to invest in building greener infrastructure. For example, Mr. Biden’s infrastructure plan is likely to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicle charging stations.

‘But on the other hand, in many countries, especially in the developing world, you have this extreme sense of urgency to bring the economy back on track, and the environment takes a backseat,’ says Dr. Noël.”

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