5th January 2021
EP

A locked-down pandemic-struck world cut its carbon dioxide emissions this year by 7 per cent, the biggest drop ever, new preliminary figures show.

 

The Global Carban Project, an authoritative group of dozens of international scientists who track emissions, calculated that the world will have put 34 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide in the air in 2020.

 

The figure is down from 36.4 billion metric tonnes in 2019, according to a study published recently in the Journals Earth System Science Data.

 

Scientists say this drop is mainly because people are staying home, traveling less by car and plane, and the emissions are expected to jump back up after the pandemic ends.

 

Ground transportation makes up about one- fifth of emissions of carbon dioxide, the chief man-made heat trapping gas.

 

Scientists say this drop is mainly because people are staying home, traveling less by car and plane, and that emissions are expected to jump back up after the pandemic ends. Ground transportation makes up about one-fifth of emissions of carbon dioxide, the chief man-made heat-trapping gas.

 

"Of course, lockdown is absolutely not the way to tackle climate change," said study co-author Corinne LeQuere, a climate scientist at the University of East Anglia.


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