Biggest Carbon Dioxide Drop
TerraGreen|November 2020
Real-time Data Show COVID-19’s Impact on Global Emissions

While the ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues to threaten millions of lives around the world, the first half of 2020 saw an unprecedented decline in CO2 emissions—larger than during the financial crisis of 2008, the oil crisis of the 1979, or even World War II.

An international team of researchers has found that in the first six months of this year, 8.8 per cent less carbon dioxide was emitted than in the same period in 2019—a total decrease of 1551 million tonnes. The groundbreaking study not only offers a much more precise look at COVID-19’s impact on global energy consumption than previous analyses. It also suggests what fundamental steps could be taken to stabilize the global climate in the aftermath of the pandemic.

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