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This is what a perfect storm looks like

A series of environmental, economic and social crises that overwhelm the capacity of states and communities to respond, adapt and rejuvenate

Arunabha Ghosh 

Arunabha Ghosh

Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, the year had already begun on uncertain terms. Australia’s forest fires were raging, having burned through 186,000 square kilometres. In February, maximum temperatures in Antarctica hit a highest ever 18.3oC, signalling worsening climate change. Commodity prices were struggling.

A slowing global economy had translated into lower demand — and depressed prices — for oil. Now, things have worsened. As the disease escalated, cities, countries and regions went into lockdown. Russia’s refusal to cut oil output any further (to hold up ...

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First Published: Tue, March 17 2020. 00:38 IST
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