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After the Covid-19 crisis, will we get a greener world?

Pollution and emissions are down, but we will squander these gains if governments fail to push ahead with decisive changeCoronavirus - latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe current crisis has revealed a sobering truth: the global economic shutdown, which has been achieved at a devastating social cost, has barely dented our carbon emissions. The latest analysis, by the International Energy Agency (IEA), expects this year's annual emissions to be down by just 6-8%. Such a small drop in emissions would have no measurable effect on the world's carbon concentration, or its warming potential. Indeed, 2020 is currently on track to be the hottest year ever recorded."You'd need about a 10% drop to have a noticeable effect on the rising CO2 concentrations, but even then concentrations would still be rising," says Richard Betts, head of climate impacts at the Met Office. "The rate of rise of CO2 varies from year to year anyway, as the natural carbon sinks get stronger and weaker because of natural processes, like El Nino." During an El Nino event, tropical forests don't take up as much carbon, so the atmospheric CO2 rises a bit faster. And in La Nina, the opposite occurs. "That effect is probably more important than the small drop in emissions we're seeing now." Continue reading...
Zdroj: The Guardian

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