Illustration: Paul Aitchison
Illustration: Paul Aitchison

The rise of extremes

Across Southasia, COVID-19 has exacerbated inequality and overshadowed climate change.

During the early stages of the pandemic, social-media posts began flagging the return of wildlife to public spaces that were deserted due to COVID-19. Air pollution also reduced as industrial activity, ground and air transportation came to a standstill. But these gains were short lived, and, given the current health crisis, more enduring crises have been pushed into the background.

In this podcast, which is part of our special series Unmasking Southasia: The pandemic issue, we talk with environmental historian Sunil Amrith on climate change, global inequality and migration.

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