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31 December 2020

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Cogent Environmental Science

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Dr Philip Staddon, Countryside and Community Research Institute, University of Gloucestershire
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Dr Daniel Keech, Countryside and Community Research Institute, University of Gloucestershire
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Professor Yong Sik Ok, College of Life Science & Biotechnology, Korea University
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Impacts of COVID-19 and lockdowns on the natural environment

COVID-19 and our responses to it have had numerous impacts not only on society but also in nature. This call aims to bring together the latest understanding of how COVID-19 and the associated lockdowns have become evident in the natural environment.

This may be via altered human behaviour, such as a reduction in visits to the countryside, closure of open spaces including in urban areas, which together have the potential for decreasing direct human disturbance to (and contact with) ecosystems. In addition, the lockdown impacted economic activities resulting in less travel and industrial production decreasing pollution, especially atmospheric pollution; the effect on air quality may have had beneficial ecosystem level impacts. Meanwhile, the now wide-spread use of face masks and personal hygiene products also have the potential to have unintended consequences on the natural world, evidenced by new marine and watercourse pollutants. Finally, what does this intense and, hopefully, soon-to-end period of human suffering mean for nature in the long term? As economic and social restoration -haltingly and unevenly- stakes shape, could any eventual recovery lead to different or enhanced human-nature relations and how will they be promoted?

This SI specifically welcomes research papers presenting novel data, both quantitative and qualitative, addressing the points above. Policy papers addressing the consequences of Covid19 on the natural environment are also welcome. Review papers summarising the very latest understanding will be considered, but should be data driven.

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When submitting please add a note the paper should be considered for the Special Issue on Impacts of COVID-19 and lockdowns on the natural environment.

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This SI specifically welcomes research papers presenting novel data, both quantitative and qualitative, addressing the points above. Policy papers addressing the consequences of Covid19 on the natural environment are also welcome. Review papers summarising the very latest understanding will be considered, but should be data driven.

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