With cases recorded in more than 140 countries, the novel coronavirus has become a global health crisis. 

In the U.S., bars and offices have been closed, conferences canceled and kids kept home from school in an attempt to slow the spread. President Trump has declared a national emergency and invoked the Defense Production Act to accelerate the virus response.

So why aren’t we reacting as aggressively to climate change — another human-propelled global catastrophe that could harm human health and well-being for generations to come?

These threats are not the same, but they do share certain attributes. We discuss the intersection of climate change, COVID-19 and U.S. politics with risk and behavioral scientist Sweta Chakraborty, founder of Adapt to Thrive and co-host of the live weekly radio show “Risky Behavior.”

Recommended reading:

  • NBC: Me, Worry? For Coronavirus, It Depends on Your Politics
  • GTM: For Wind and Solar Sectors, Biggest Coronavirus Risk May Be a Damaged Economy
  • GreenBiz: COVID-19 and Climate Change: A Healthy Dose of Reality
  • London Real: Jonathan Haidt, Climate Change Ideology

Political Climate is produced in partnership with the USC Schwarzenegger Institute. This episode is brought to you by the nonprofit environmental forum EarthX. Listen and subscribe on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherGoogle Play or wherever you get podcasts.