Lower CO2 Emissions

A recent study found that daily CO2 emissions dropped some 17% last April as a result of the pandemic. If emissions can be sustainably reduced by 7% per year, we could meet the goals of the Paris Climate Accord. The author notes that this goal can be achieved without any mandatory lockdowns if we turn to green energy and electric vehicles. Reduced transportation use accounted for 43% of the 2020 decrease, while lower industrial production explained another 43%. The study pointed out that aviation accounted for only 3% of the reduction.

Published in Nature Climate Change, 2020. Available at: DOI: 10.1038/s41558-020-0797-x

A Healthy Environment for Fewer Pandemics

If we fail to reduce the extensive day-to-day environmental destruction that is taking place around the world, humanity risks suffering other pandemics that could be even harder to manage. The reason is simple: the destruction of ecosystems alters the environmental services these systems provide, such as reducing the transmission of infectious diseases.

The study, led by Mark Everard at the University of Exeter, was recently published in the scientific journal Environmental Science & Policy. Available at: DOI:10.1016/j.envsci.2020.05.017