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Air travel and COVID-19: An opportunity for lasting emissions reductions

By Guest Columnist LALITH POLEPEDDI, a research scientist at Georgia Tech’s Global Change Program

Efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 have radically transformed travel patterns across the globe. Between April and September 2020, global air travel dropped by 58% compared to the same time period in 2019. In the US, air travel dropped by 79% in that same time period. The steepest reductions occurred in the US in April, when air travel fell by 95%, and globally in May, when air travel fell by 68%.

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COVID-19 makes ‘Think Globally, Act Locally’ more than a check-box exercise

By Guest Columnists ANNA WESTERSTAHL STENPORT and SEBNEM OZKAN, of the Atlanta Global Studies Center at Georgia Institute of Technology

Universities and colleges, as local and global anchor institutions, are poised to educate the next generation of global citizens and empower metro Atlanta’s ‘new’ global agenda through the common international language of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

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Post pandemic: Views on sustainability, racial equity, just development practices

As the pandemic crisis passes, the new orders of life provide opportunities to improve conditions in terms of sustainability, racial equity in placemaking, and more just development practices. These are among the views expressed by the head of the U.N., a national author who examines Atlanta in an upcoming book, and a longtime urban planner now teaching at Georgia Tech.