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In Shutdown, Less Traffic Doesnʼt Mean Cleaner Air

In Shutdown, Less Traffic Doesn’t Mean Cleaner Air

As of early April, global carbon emissions decreased by 17 percent, in part because the COVID-19 shutdown led to a steep decrease in road and air traffic emissions. But while a drop in air emissions sounds positive, UNC environmental scientist Sarav Arunachalam says the situation is not straightforward.

What a World in Crisis Can Learn from Disaster-Struck Communities

What a World in Crisis Can Learn from Disaster-Struck Communities

How will COVID-19 affect the already vulnerable coastal communities preparing for the 2020 hurricane season? UNC environmental anthropologist Caela O’Connell unwraps this question in her new research project.

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Gig Workers Face More Risks than Most During Pandemic

UNC sociologist Alexandrea Ravenelle is interviewing 200 precarious workers — gig platform workers, creative freelancers, and essential low-wage workers in drugstores and grocery stores — to uncover how the pandemic is impacting their lives now and, ultimately, in the long term.