Contributor: Gareth Willmer

Gareth Willmer ESMH contributorGareth Willmer is a London-based freelance journalist and subeditor who covers science, technology and global development for a range of websites and publications. He has worked for publications including New Scientist, Nature, EU research and innovation magazine Horizon, science and global development publication SciDev.Net, and global development website Devex. He writes regularly on subjects from environmental issues and the evolution of life on our planet to how new technologies such as satellites can be used in agriculture and natural disasters in developing countries.

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A scientist’s opinion: Interview with Tim Harford about climate change & Covid-19 recovery

Interview with Tim Harford, UK economist, journalist and broadcaster, and author of books including How to Make the World Add Up. What are your thoughts on the crossover between Covid-19 and the climate crisis, and how that’s being handled in the media? It’s probably worth starting with the obvious huge difference, which is that climate ...

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A scientist’s opinion: Interview with Dr Jari Lyytimäki & Erkki Mervaala about climate change & Covid-19 recovery

Interview with Dr Jari Lyytimäki, senior researcher at the Finnish Environment Institute, and Erkki Mervaala, researcher at the Finnish Environment Institute. In a recent study on the reporting of climate change in the Finnish media, you noted that coverage had seen a steep but not unprecedented drop during the early phase of the Covid-19 pandemic. ...

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A scientist’s opinion: Interview with Dr Marina Romanello about climate change & Covid-19 recovery

Interview with Dr Marina Romanello, a data scientist in the Institute for Global Health at University College London who is also on the Lancet Countdown team, an international collaboration that tracks progress on health and climate change. What are the main ways in which you view the current health and climate crises as being connected? ...

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Not going back to the way things were: climate change and Covid-19 recovery

Over the past year, the Covid-19 crisis has caused us to reflect on how we interact with our natural environment. As the world plans recovery from the pandemic and this November’s COP26 Climate Change Conference looms into view, now may be a key juncture in understanding how to best align these priorities – something that could have implications not just for the world in general, but for the media too.

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A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Samuel Scarpino about clusters & superspreading

Interview with Samuel Scarpino, assistant professor in the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. What impact does the news about fresh vaccines for COVID-19 have on the importance of backward tracing? With the new vaccines, I think certainly the early signs are a lot more optimistic than most of us were planning ...

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A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Dr Akira Endo about clusters & superspreading

Interview with Dr Akira Endo in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Is it still beneficial to look into combining backward with forward contact tracing, as you describe in your recent paper, following the recent developments with COVID vaccines? It’s very good news about the vaccines, ...

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Mix of COVID-19 cluster-busting with vaccine push may bring a new normal faster

Combining so-called “backward tracing” with traditional forward tracing to help identify source events of COVID-19 outbreaks has been cited as a potential way of better tracking the disease, as seen in some Asian countries. Now that vaccines are emerging on the scene, how can this concept be used for more effective cluster-busting?

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A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Dr Gwenan Knight about clusters & superspreading

Interview with Dr Gwenan Knight, assistant professor at the the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. What was the aim of your initial work on COVID-19 clusters for the studies you brought out in May and June, and how did you go about it? Stepping back pre-COVID, one of the things I’m interested in ...