Something in the air: COVID-19 and the politics of pollution (Angela Cassidy and Karen Bickerstaff)

By Angela Cassidy and Karen Bickerstaff

In the UK, air pollution has been repeatedly invoked in debate around the COVID-19 pandemic: during a time of suddenly reduced mobility, heavily polluted city air has cleared, making visible a previously invisible problem; links are also being drawn between exposure to air pollution, inequality and poor outcomes from infection with the virus. This preliminary research aims to combine analysis of mass media coverage with investigation of air quality stakeholders in England to provide insights into facets of the COVID-19 crisis that have the potential (in the short and longer term) to reconfigure, at national and local scales, a politics of air pollution.

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