Skies Are Clearer and Global Pollution Is Down Because of COVID-19 — But Can We Sustain It?

Skies Are Clearer and Global Pollution Is Down Because of COVID-19 — But Can We Sustain It?

Climate change expert Dr. Courtney Howard and Nature Climate Change scientists say we can sustain the cleaner environment we're seeing by going greener right now Skies Are Clearer and Global Pollution Is Down Because of COVID-19 — But Can We Sustain It? That’s good news because it shows that the world can reduce carbon emissions by a lot, which scientists say humanity needs to do if we are to survive in decades to come. As it is, 2020 will likely end up as one of the hottest years in history, with more devastating storms, droughts and floods to come, according to a groundbreaking study recently released by Nature Climate Change. “Population confinement has led to drastic changes in energy use and CO2 emissions,” the study’s lead author, Professor Corinne Le Quéré of the University of East Anglia said. “These extreme decreases are likely to be temporary though, as they do not reflect structural changes in the economic, transport or energy systems.” “COVID-19 has been disruptive, costly, and tragic, but there are some hopeful elements that we can pull out of this pivotal moment in human history,” says Howard, an ER doctor in Yellowknife, Canada, who is also board president of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and TEDx speaker. Here are five positives to take away from the pandemic as we continue to fight COVID-19 and the even larger existential threat of climate change: “Now that many have mastered Zoom, and have equipped their homes for virtual work, we can expect ...
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