LEADING a struggling economy into a green recovery offers more challenges than it did pre-Covid-19, a leading environmental scientist will warn this week.

Professor Sir Ian Boyd, former chief scientific adviser at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, is the keynote speaker of a webinar looking at whether Scotland is taking the right steps towards a sustainable economy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The webinar, A Green Recovery from Covid-19, is the second in a series launched by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) to look at the “wicked challenges” facing the planet.

Boyd, a professor of Biology at St Andrews University said: “There is much talk about a ‘green’ recovery from Covid-19, but it is important to understand the kind of challenges this presents. Moving a vibrant economy to become sustainable was always going to be difficult but moving one which is struggling to function in that direction will be even more difficult.”

There will then follow a Q&A session where participants can ask questions and share their thoughts.

A third webinar on Wednesday, October 7 – Fake news: The challenges of communicating environmental and climate change research – will feature presentations by Tracey Brown, director of the charity Sense about Science, and Professor Stephan Lewandowsky, chair of Cognitive Psychology at the School of Psychological Science at the University of Bristol.

A Green Recovery from Covid-19 webinar will be held on Friday, October 2 at 1pm.