Carbon dioxide emissions could fall by the largest amount since World War II this year, according to the Global Carbon Project, a faint silver lining on the dark cloud of the coronavirus pandemic.
“I wouldn’t be shocked to see a 5 percent or more drop in carbon dioxide emissions this year, something not seen since the end of World War II,” Rob Jackson, who chairs the Global Carbon Project, told Reuters in an email. “Neither the fall of the Soviet Union nor the various oil or savings and loan crises of the past 50 years are likely to have affected emissions the way this crisis is.”
This would be the first drop in carbon emissions since 2008, when a 1.4 percent reduction followed the financial crisis.
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