COVID-19 lockdown allows researchers to quantify the effects of human activity on wildlife

Christian Rutz, Matthias-Claudio Loretto, Amanda E. Bates, Sarah C. Davidson, Carlos M. Duarte, Walter Jetz, Mark Johnson, Akiko Kato, Roland Kays, Thomas Mueller, Richard B. Primack, Yan Ropert-Coudert, Marlee A. Tucker, Martin Wikelski, Francesca Cagnacci

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We noticed that people started referring to the lockdown period as the ‘Great Pause’, but felt that a more precise term would be helpful. We propose ‘anthropause’ to refer specifcally to a considerable global slowing of modern human activities, notably travel. We are aware that the correct prefx is ‘anthropo-’ (for ‘human’) but opted for the shortened form, which is easier to remember and use, and where the missing ‘po’ is still echoed in the pronunciation of ‘pause’ (pɔːz).
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalNature Ecology & Evolution
StatePublished - Jun 22 2020

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: Manuscript preparation was supported through: a Radcliffe Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University (to C.R.); the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 798091 (to M.-C.L.); and Autonomous Province of Trento ordinary funds to Fondazione Edmund Mach (to F.C.).


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