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'We need to listen to the experts': Climate activist Greta Thunberg says coronavirus has proven the dependence society has on scientific data

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  • Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg said the coronavirus emphasized the importance of expert guidance, and the same approach should be taken to solve the climate crisis.
  • Thunberg spoke with earth systems scientist Johan Rockström in a digital conversation hosted by the Nobel Prize Museum on Wednesday to mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
  • The coronavirus lockdowns have led to reduced emissions levels as people are recommended to stay home to contain the spread of the virus.
  • However, the pandemic has upended the predicted trajectory of the climate crisis, as research efforts are being shifted to deal with the immediate problem at hand.
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Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg said the coronavirus pandemic emphasized the importance of listening to experts during a time of crisis, and the same should be applied to climate change.

Thunberg took part in a digital conversation with earth systems scientist Johan Rockström, who also serves as the director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. The livestream was hosted by the Nobel Prize Museum in Stockholm to mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on Wednesday.

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