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Global CO2 Emissions Plunged to Its Lowest in Nearly 15 Years Amid COVID-19 Lockdowns

Global CO2 Emissions Plunged to Its Lowest in Nearly 15 Years Amid COVID-19 Lockdowns

Coronavirus has impacted not only humanity and the economy, but Mother Nature as well. During the peak of COVID-19 and lockdowns worldwide, carbon dioxide emissions fell to their lowest level since 2006, according to a new study. This change occurred at the beginning of April when regions responsible for 89% of global emissions were under some form of a lockdown or restrictive measures.

With a major halt on human activity, including commutes to and from work for non-essential workers, shopping and driving vehicles, etc., the amount of daily global CO2 released fell by as much as 17%.



In the first four months of 2020, the study estimates that global emissions from burning fossil fuels and cement production were cut by 1,048m tonnes of CO2 (MtCO2), or 8.6%, compared with 2019 levels. The research projects a decline of up to 7.5% in 2020 as a whole, depending on how the crisis unfolds.

Global CO2 emissions fell to the lowest in 15 years during the coronavirus lockdowns

Emissions dropped by 17%.📕 Read more: https://buff.ly/2ZpEkDJ

Posted by World Economic Forum on Monday, 1 June 2020

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