The impact of COVID-19 on CO2 emissions

Have COVID-19 restrictions been good or bad news for climate change?

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By John Lang

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COVID-19 enforced restrictions will dent global CO2 emissions in 2020 compared with 2019. But this decline will not, by itself, put a dent in climate change. To help explain why, we're introducing a new climate character: the name's 'Brick'.

Brick shows us why temporary CO2 emission reductions will not slow down global warming — unless, that is, another set of characters, namely governments, decide to intervene and help emission reductions become permanent.

COVID-19 and climate change: The name's Brick