Air Quality Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic: A View from Two Epicenters

Valentina Bosetti explains how satellite data was used to track the concentration of air pollutants during the COVID-19 pandemic.


July 9, 2020


11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. ET


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On July 9, 2020, Resources for the Future (RFF) hosted a webinar in the Resources Radio Live series, featuring Dr. Valentina Bosetti. Dr. Bosetti discussed her team’s research on how various lockdown measures affected local air quality in Italy early in the COVID-19 pandemic, provided insights into air quality impacts in other parts of the world, and considered the extent to which air quality has now reverted to pre-pandemic levels.

Dr. Bosetti is a professor in the department of economics at Bocconi University and senior scientist at the RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment.

The COVID-19 pandemic has radically altered lives across the globe—and has had a number of dramatic effects on typical patterns of movement, consumption, and pollution. Even as the medical community has sprung into action to address the public health impacts of the pandemic—and policymakers seek ways to address the economic consequences—other researchers like Dr. Bosetti are beginning to understand the many ways in which the past few months have affected a range of energy and environmental considerations.


  • Valentina Bosetti, Bocconi University, RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment
  • Kristin Hayes, Resources for the Future (Resources Radio host)

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Our weekly podcast, Resources Radio, is going live for a virtual audience. The webinars in this series will also serve as live recordings for the podcast series, offering another opportunity to engage with this timely content—and the webinars provide a chance to ask the guest and host your questions in real time!


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