Climate change is as much of an emergency as the Covid-19 pandemic and should be treated in the same way, says a report.
Governments should put out daily figures on how many deaths are being caused by adverse weather just like with Covid, researchers said. The Glasgow Caledonian University study says that climate change, ‘despite ultimately being more deadly than the virus’, has ‘failed to elicit the same level of urgency’ among governments and civil society.
Researchers said there is a need to integrate Covid-19 recovery with climate action.
Dr Mithika Mwenda, executive director of PACJA, said: ‘We are now past the point where we can address the Covid-19 pandemic and the climate emergency as separate crises.
‘This report shows that the pandemic has not only forestalled urgently needed action to halt and begin reversing global warming, but it has also worsened existing vulnerabilities to climate change, weakened the adaptive capacities of communities and countries, especially in Africa, and raised the cost of future climate action.’