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Global Emissions Drop During Worldwide Lockdown

Posted on 9 July 2020

The global coronavirus pandemic hasn’t generated much good news, but one positive thing to come out of it is a worldwide drop in emissions. 

A new study has revealed that there was a 17% decrease in carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels in April, compared to the same time last year. In fact, the last time emissions were this low was way back in 2006! 

The study was conducted by a team of researchers, including experts from Australia’s CSIRO. To find their data, the researchers looked at the 69 countries that contribute 97% of the world’s emissions. China experienced the biggest decline in emissions, followed by the US, Europe and India.  

The surface transport industry, which includes cars and ships, saw the largest decrease around the world. The power sector had the second-biggest drop, and the industry sector, which covers manufacturing and material production, had the third-biggest. 

Remember to keep your social distancing and stay at home if you are sick.