Rebuild with an eye to the environment | HT Editorial – Editorials
The first peer-reviewed analysis of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on global carbon emissions has reported that daily greenhouse gas emissions fell 17% in early April compared to 2019 levels. However, it is The annual decline is likely to be only around 7%, if some restrictions are maintained to stop the spread of the coronavirus. If they rise in mid-June, the fall of the year is likely to be 4%. That would be the largest annual drop in emissions since World War II. While the sharp drop is good news, it will have little effect in the biggest battle against global warming. A report by the United Nations Environment Program last year found that emissions must drop 7.6% each year in this decade to meet the goal of the Paris Agreement to control warming to 1.5 ° C .
In an interview for The Guardian, one of the scientists involved in the new study said that the experience of the crisis has shown that changes in people’s behavior, such as not flying, working from home and driving less, can help reduce emissions in part. But most of the emission sources remain intact, suggesting that the world needs structural changes in the economy and industry. That is why the coronavirus-induced slowdown should be used as a time to build more sustainable, resilient and inclusive economies. Otherwise, the climate crisis will not only have its own set of effects, but will also generate more health problems, environmental degradation, natural disasters and inequality, with the most affected communities. Every crisis now has a strong environmental dimension. Use the drop in emissions to imagine a new and greener world.