COVID-19 could cause greatest slump in CO2 emissions since WW2

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Media Type: Article - Recent

Date of Publication: April 22

Year of Publication: 2020

Author(s): Rosie McCall

Newspaper: Newsweek

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The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has predicted a 6 percent drop in carbon dioxide emissions in 2020 as a result of the coronavirus health emergency—the largest dip in any single year since World War II.

However, the decline in emissions is expected to be brief and the WMO says it is likely to be followed by a surge in emissions in 2021.

“In the most likely case we will easily go back to normal next year and there might even be a boost in emissions because some industries have been stopped,” WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said at a virtual briefing on Wednesday, Reuters reports.

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