First episode juxtaposing data on corona and climate change, published on 19th mar 2020 with the most current numbers available at the time.
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At the time of writing, information on the Coronavirus Crisis grows and changes almost by the hour. Therefore, we stamped our films and images with the time of publication. We researched our numbers with due diligence, but given the uncertainty of the topics, contradicting information exists. We chose the sources we thought most authoritative on the given subject. Below are the claims used in our material with source reference provided for each number.
The Corona Crisis may cost $2 Trillion this year -
+4°C will cost $17.5 Trillion every year
The United Nations estimate the global cost of the Coronavirus crisis between one and two trillion US$. Two trillion being the 'worst case', which is already looking very likely:
Kompas et al., 2018 in their much-cited work (among others, the 2019 LANCET report cites it frequently) on the global cost of climate change, give this number. According to them, by the year 2100, the world would be saving US$17,489 billion per year if we kept global warming at +2°C compared to what it would cost us if the world warmed by +4°C :
Corona could destroy 25 million jobs -
Global Warming burns up 45 billion work hours per year
The United Nations Intl. Labor Organisation estimates that, worst case, the Corona Crisis may cost 25 million jobs worldwide:
The 2019 LANCET report estimates that, compared to as recent as the year 2000, the amount of work hours lost every year due to heat waves (meaning: it's too hot for people to work) has increased by 45 billion hours:
corona MAY save 20 TIMES AS MANY lives AS it takes - by LOCKDOWNS reducing air pollution
Stanford professor Marshall Burke published a series of calculations juxtaposing air pollution related deaths to the current Corona death toll and air pollutant reductions caused by the Corona lockdowns. Even when using conservative estimates he arrived at the conclusion, that the lockdowns in China alone might have already saved twenty times the number of lives (53100) that the Corona virus claimed there (3100) as of March 8th 2020:
without action, CoVID-19 could kill 15 million people -
Air pollution kills 9 million people every year
A research team at the Australian National University released tentative calculations with different scenarios, one of the most severe scenarios resulting in a total global death toll around 15 million. The calculations have at this time not been peer reviewed and, as the authors themselves point out, measures currently taken are likely to bring the death toll down considerably, probably to under 1 million.
A study cited by the director of Harvard's C-CHANGE, among others, has related 9 million premature deaths to particulate matter (PM2.5) air pollution in the year 2018:
COVID-19 is a lung disease -
Air pollution increases the risk of contracting lung diseases
As cited, among others, by the director of Harvard's C-CHANGE, a study has linked heightened exposure to particulate matter air pollution to increased viral pneumonia inducing pathogens:
Corona is a virus -
Global warming increases viral transmission
The 2019 LANCET report shows: 9 of the 10 years most suitable for Dengue fever virus transmission were after the year 2000; the number of days suitable for transmission of Vibrio has now doubled, global suitability for Vibrio Cholerae has increased by 9.9%:
well, we had all our projects cancelled or postponed, got quarantined or lockdowned and wanted to do something productive with our time.
also, we share the intense desire that the world may learn more than just hygiene from this crisis.
we wanted to contribute what little we can so when we eventually leave this behind, we don't go back to the same destructive system of capitalist economies running at breakneck speed, global dependencies and most of us with little to no savings or securities to make it through a few months of standstill.
we are relatively young. with the coming times of climate change and global disruption, this won't be the only breakdown of our lifetimes.
we don't want to sit there, 10 or 20 years down the line, when it all happens again, and wonder: could we have done something to learn from this crisis? to build a better, more secure and stable, social and responsible future?
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