Future Positive
Future Positive
May 7, 2020
Unexpected Environmental Side Effects of COVID-19 with Marcius Extavour
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Welcome to the first of our brand new XPRIZE podcast series - Not Going Back To Normal, Imagining Life After COVID-19 featuring Marcus Extavour.

In this podcast Marcius guides us through the unexpected environmental side effects of the Covid-19 outbreak and how humans all around the world are responding with data driven optimism. This pandemic has brought clean air to the most polluted parts of the world and this unexpected environmental impact got Marcius thinking about other links between the Covid-19 outbreak and our climate. 

Marcius Extavour, PHD is the Executive Director of Prize Operations in Energy and Resources at XPRIZE. He has held positions at the U.S. Senate Committee and at the Council of Canadian Academies. In the private sector, he has developed risk management software for North American electric power markets, and designed and fabricated optoelectronic devices at Nortel Networks Research Labs. He loves teaching, and is active in engaging kids in science and engineering, and connecting with young scientists interested in careers inside and outside of academia.

Both climate change and the Covid-19 challenge our global institutions to rethink their strategies to how they address threats that have the capacity to cripple the world as we know it. But the response to Covid-19 has been tackled immediately yet continued warnings to our climate seem to get deferred to future generations. Marcius argues that we should learn from our response to Covid-19 and use this to inform our fight against climate change.   

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Link to the XPRIZE Pandemic Alliance - https://www.xprize.org/fight-covid19

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