Global Emissions Rise Again After a Drop From Last Year’s Quarantine

Jacob Nguyen

During the lockdown, the global emissions of greenhouse gases dropped dramatically. This was because of the mass quarantining due to the Coronavirus pandemic. New data, however, has shown that emissions are bouncing back at a fast rate. The lockdown measures that were put in place had the effect of dropping emissions of carbon dioxide by 3 percent over the course of 2020. This was the biggest drop on record, according to a study in the scientific journal, “Nature Climate Change.” If governments don’t prioritize reducing their emissions, authors warn that the consequences of climate change will return.

New data has shown that the effects of the lockdown on our climate may be short lived. This is because the data has shown that emissions were higher in December 2020 than it was a year earlier. This was despite parts of the world undergoing Coronavirus lockdowns. If governments don’t take quick action, this could put the goal of making 2019 the highest peak in global emissions at risk. 

The burning of fossil fuels through cars, planes, power plants and other various human activities creates an abundance of Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. With the added amount of CO2 in our atmosphere, it accumulates and traps radiation from the sun. The effects include a rising global temperature, melting ice, rising sea levels and more extreme weather. 

In conclusion, many countries have noticed a drop in global Carbon emissions from quarantine last year. But as countries start lifting social distancing measures, it could mean that the emissions of greenhouse gases could be even worse in the future.