Pedestrians and bicyclists on Castellana Avenue, which was closed to vehicles, in downtown Madrid on May 10.

With a sharp drop in auto traffic due to the coronavirus, cities around the globe have closed streets to cars and expanded pedestrian thoroughfares and bike lanes. But as life edges back to normal, will these initiatives survive, especially if virus-wary citizens shun mass transit?

By Cheryl Katz


When Social Distancing Ends, Will We Rethink the World We Want?

Long before the virus, Americans had become socially isolated, retreating into sprawling suburbs and an online world of screens. When we emerge from our pandemic-mandated separation, can we reconnect with each other and reconsider how the way we live impacts the natural world?

By Bill McKibben

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A wind farm being constructed in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in northern Germany on March 31.


How Renewable Energy Could Emerge on Top After the Pandemic

The short-term prospects for wind and solar power look rocky amid the economic upheaval of the coronavirus. But long term, renewables could emerge stronger than ever, especially if governments integrate support for clean energy into Covid-19 economic-recovery programs.

By Beth Gardiner

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