COVID-19 and climate change share a marked similarity: the worst damage is only averted when society commits to decisive and early action in the face of a seemingly abstract threat. There are good reasons to believe climate change will be even harder to defeat, even though – or precisely because – there is more time to confront it. This column argues that the current pandemic is an exceptional opportunity to understand where the real challenges lie for progression on climate action – in garnering political will and public support. It provides key policy suggestions for the next wave of climate action.


Funke, F. & Klenert, D. (2020). 'Climate change after COVID-19: Harder to defeat politically, easier to tackle economically'. VoxEU CEPR Column, 17 August 2020. Retrieved from: https://voxeu.org/article/climate-change-after-covid-19
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