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Has the coronavirus pandemic created a dramatic setback for the global environmental crisis?

  • 13 July 2021
  • 35 min listen

This time we’re asking if the coronavirus pandemic has created a dramatic setback for the global environmental crisis.

From the vast increase in the use and disposal of PPE such as face masks and gloves to the changing consumer habits that arose from lockdown, we look at how the plastics problem has been exacerbated by Covid-19 conditions.

At the same time, we ask where there might be some hopeful green lights on the horizon as the individuals, governments and international collaborations take action.

Professor Steve Fletcher and Dr Keiron Roberts explain how the University of Portsmouth’s Revolution Plastics initiative is sharing insights to help make impactful policy.

And Dr Sianne Gordon-Wilson tells us about her research into how our consumer behaviour and sustainable attitudes changed during the pandemic.

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