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Climate Change & COVID-19: How Pandemic-Driven Changes in Behavior Might Affect Our Environment


  This is the first segment of a special two-hour Maine Calling, as we continue to cover the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The global shutdown of travel and other human activity has been the first, massive reduction of resources and emissions to happen on this scale. It's an inadvertent experiment on how climate change could be slowed if everyone in the world curtailed their actions that harm the environment. We discuss what short-term changes have already been measured, and what may happen in terms of long-term changes due to shifts in behavior and global collaboration – or whether these changes are fleeting.


Paul Mayewski, Director, Professor, Climate Change Institute, University of Maine
Andrew Pershing, Chief Scientific Officer & Climate Change Ecologist, Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Call-in guest: Rebecca Lincoln, toxicologist, coordinator of Maine Environmental Public Health Tracking Program, with the Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention


Cindy helps produce Maine Public's live call-in show Maine Calling, and sometimes hosts the show—as well as the All Books Considered Book Club. Her first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo to a food trends magazine.