Corona: Good for the climate?

Due to the corona crisis, emissions of carbon dioxide will decrease this year. Petteri Taalas, Secretary General of the United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization (WMO), gave the following description in Geneva: “What is happening is good for the environment in the short term, but it will not be enough.” The crisis had an impact on greenhouse gas emissions. “Our estimates assume that CO2 emissions will decrease by six percent this year due to reduced activity in transport, business and energy generation.”

He pointed out that while the Corona virus caused a major health and economic crisis, failure to respect climate change would affect the future of humanity and the economy on Earth in the centuries to come. The measures to combat the pandemic are not a substitute for sustainable climate protection. In addition, a strong surge of greenhouse gases could come after the end of the pandemic if the global economy were to start up again strongly. He concluded: “We have to fight pandemic and climate change in parallel and sustainably.”

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Impressionen zum Leben in Zeiten der Corona-Pandemie: Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL; Mostafa Elyasian, 04.05.2020

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