The coronavirus lockdown has brought the world at large to a standstill, that has impacted the economy in the negative but the environment in the positive.
An international study of global carbon emissions published in the journal Nature Climate Change on May 20, found that carbon dioxide emissions have declined during the coronavirus pandemic. The study has been centred on 69 countries, all 50 US states and 30 Chinese provinces, which account for 85% of the world population and 97% of all global carbon dioxide emissions.
The study shows the decline to be 17% between January and early April, compared to average levels in 2019, and adds that it could further decline anywhere between 4.4% to 8% by the year’s end.
The study highlights the fact that it is the largest annual decrease in carbon emissions since World War II. The study also added that despite the emission drop which it states to be temporary, 2020 is still on track to be one of the top five hottest years on record.
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