COVID-19: the impact on carbon emissions

Written by Jenny Straiton

COVID-19 carbon dioxide emissions

A comprehensive emissions analysis has found that the first half of 2020 saw a dramatic decrease in carbon dioxide emissions, thought to be due to COVID-19-related lockdowns and restrictions. An international team of researchers, led by Zhu Liu of Tsinghua University (Beijing, China), has shone light on the impact of COVID-19 on global energy consumption, finding that 8.8% less carbon dioxide was emitted in the first 6 months of 2020 compared with the same time period in 2019. “What makes our study unique is the analysis of meticulously collected near-real-time data. By looking at the daily figures compiled by the...

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