The Effect of COVID-19 on the Decline of Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Since the COVID-19 virus puts everyone in danger all over the world, it was discovered that there was a drop in carbon dioxide emissions in the first half of 2020. The decrease was bigger compared to World War II, the oil crisis in 1979, and the financial crisis in 2008.

A global team of scientists discovered that during the first half of 2020, there was 8.8% less amount of carbon dioxide emissions compared to the emissions at the same time in 2019. In total, there was a drop of 1,551 million tonnes.

However, this discovery does not provide a specific analysis of the effect of COVID-10 on the consumption of energy globally. It provides the measures to be taken to preserve the world climate once the pandemic ends.

Nature Communications published the study in its newest issue. It indicates which aspects of the global economy were greatly affected. The most significant drop in carbon dioxide emissions is the ground transportation industry. This is mainly due to the lockdowns imposed.

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