Does Corona affect our climate?

Corona lockdowns significantly reduced global CO2 emissions

Less traffic during lockdown means less CO2 in the atmosphere

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The pandemic of the corona has thrown the world out of step. People were forced to stay at home, the economy collapsed. The consequence is that, according to a recent report, CO2 emissions have decreased by well over a billion tons, which is much more than during the oil crisis of 1979 and the financial crisis of 2008. Is this positive climate news? Sadly, according to researchers, not any. Since the impact in many places was short-lived.

A total of 1.6 billion tons or 8.8 percent fewer CO2 was blown into the atmosphere in the first half of 2020 than in the same timeframe of the previous year, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Effect Research (PIK) announced on Wednesday. Atmospheric tests showed how the decrease in emissions corresponded to the lockdowns in the individual countries. According to the researchers, emissions even decreased by 16.9 percent in April, when most countries cut their public lives due to the dramatic rise in corona infections. The findings were published in the 'Nature Communications' journal.

The biggest impacts of carbon dioxide emissions can be seen on traffic, according to the study. In the first half of 2020, CO2 emissions from land transport fell by 40 percent worldwide, mainly due to the widespread use of work from home. Even in the residential sector, emissions have fallen by 3 percent, but because of the mild winter in the northern hemisphere.

Nearly no influence on the temperature

The authors point out that after the end of the heavy corona controls, most national economies would have reached their normal carbon dioxide level again-aside from a sustained decrease in traffic CO2 emissions. Even though they remained at their low levels, this would have only a minor impact on the atmospheric long-term CO2 concentration. According to the researchers, this would have only a minor impact on the atmospheric long-term CO2 concentration.

As a result , scientists are calling for a restructuring of industry and trade. Individual behavior is certainly important, but what we really need to concentrate on is reducing our global economy 's CO2 intensity.

The researchers used data from a research initiative from several nations, the Carbon Monitor. In 31 countries, they will have used data on power consumption, daily vehicle traffic in more than 400 cities around the world, passenger flights, and industrial development.

Climate change and environmental destruction are an existential threat to the world. We need a new growth plan to address these threats, transforming the Union into a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy, where a long-term transformation of the economy into a sustainable, predominantly low-emission system is therefore vital.

In his own research with Adhurim Haxhimusa of the Graubünden University of Applied Sciences, Junior Professor of Energy Markets and Energy Systems Analysis at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, the corona pandemic has already revealed a dramatic decrease in electricity demand.

Climate change and the destruction of the environment are an existential threat to Europe and the world. Europe needs a new growth plan to address these challenges, transforming the Union into a modern, resource-efficient, and sustainable economy, where

  • There will be no net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

  • Economic growth is cut off from the use of resources there is no human and no space behind.

  • We will do this in turning the climate and environmental issues into opportunities and making the transit fair, accessible for all.

The EU Green Deal is one strategy to make the EU economy sustainable.

EU Commission's plan By 2030, 55 percent less CO2 emissions

The European Green Deal

During the biggest restrictions to date, there is a marked decline until the end of April. The declines in Spain and India are even greater. These figures do not include international flights.

Our best hope is to turn the short-lived gains into a permanent reduction in carbon emissions. Only when we start reducing carbon in the atmosphere with the help of more trees, healthier oceans, and a greener planet, will we achieve a last in positive change in the right direction for our climate.


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