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The influence of short-term emission reductions on climate and air quality: lessons from COVID containment

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Dr. John Fyfe
March 30, 2022 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

This talk was held over Zoom Meetings.

Global measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) resulted in a change in the composition of the atmosphere with a marked slowdown in greenhouse gas and aerosol emissions. Although temporary, the impacts of these changes provided an important glimpse into the underlying processes governing the response of the Earth system to reductions in anthropogenic emissions. They also previewed the relative effectiveness of different emissions-control strategies. Here, I will highlight a few of key advances in our understanding of the Earth System that the COVID-19 pandemic afforded.

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Dr. John Fyfe is a Senior Researcher Scientist at the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis and is Adjunct Professor, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria.