Significant CO2 drop: COVID-19’s gigantic effect on global emissions

Significant CO2 drop: COVID-19's gigantic effect on global emissions

As the ongoing Corona pandemic continues, the first half of 2020 saw an unprecedented decline in CO2 emissions, much better than the financial crisis of 2008, the oil crisis of 1979, or even World War II.

An international team of analysts have found that in the first six months of 2020, 8.8% less carbon dioxide was emitted as compared with the same time in 2019(which means a total decrease of 1,551 million tonnes). This study not only portrays COVID-19’s impact on global energy consumption than previous analysis, but also suggests what fundamental steps could be taken to stabilise the global climate in the aftermath of the pandemic.

Significant CO2 drop: COVID-19's gigantic effect on global emissions
Significant CO2 drop: COVID-19's gigantic effect on global emissions
Significant CO2 drop: COVID-19's gigantic effect on global emissions
Significant CO2 drop: COVID-19's gigantic effect on global emissions

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