What It Will Take to ‘Build Back Better’ After the Coronavirus Pandemic

A man jogs on an empty street along the Seine river in Paris, France, April 4, 2020 (AP photo by Christophe Ena).
A man jogs on an empty street along the Seine river in Paris, France, April 4, 2020 (AP photo by Christophe Ena).

After months of living under strict lockdowns, many people have grown accustomed to scenes that once would have been utterly surreal, like normally busy highways and thoroughfares suddenly emptied of vehicles. Photographers around the world have documented how wild animals are reclaiming national parks in the absence of human visitors. Atmospheric researchers have documented dramatic declines in air pollution. All of this will simply be a temporary salve for the environment if the economy comes roaring back, business as usual, once the public health threat recedes. But it could also be the beginning of a new normal, a transition point […]

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