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Noah S. Diffenbaugh, Christopher B. Field, Eric A. Appel, Ines L. Azevedo and additional co-authors, find that COVID-19 provides rare opportunities for studying natural and human systems

Illustration of interactions linked to the COVID-19 socioeconomic disruption along two pathways: 1.) energy, emissions, climate and air quality; and 2.) poverty, globalization, food and biodiversity.
Illustration of interactions linked to the COVID-19 socioeconomic disruption along two pathways: 1.) energy, emissions, climate and air quality; and 2.) poverty, globalization, food and biodiversity. Credit: Noah Diffenbaugh, et al. / Nature Reviews Earth & Environment
Aug 5 2020

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Like the legendary falling apple that hit Isaac Newton and led to his groundbreaking insight on the nature of gravity, COVID-19 could provide unintended glimpses into how complex Earth systems operate, according to a new Stanford-led paper.