The World Just Had the Biggest Drop in Daily Carbon Emissions Since WWII
Well, we've done it. We've lowered daily carbon emissions, and it only took a pandemic to happen. Before you call us out and throw us a "Nature is healing. We are the virus" meme, the data doesn't lie. The earth is actually healing.
According to a study published in Nature Climate Change, April hit a record-breaking low with global daily carbon emissions. Seventeen percent to be exact. It's a slow and small difference, sure, but even scientists are saying that it's at least something. Still, it's no cause for celebration.
"We'll see global carbon emissions drop at least four percent this year and possibly seven percent or eight percent," said co-author Robert Jackson. "Either way, it will be the biggest one-year drop since WWII, and possibly ever."
You might think the decline is because of decreased air travel, but the real reason the levels dropped is because of the suspension of ground travel. Researchers say cars, buses, and the like form over 30 percent of annual carbon emissions.
Now, on to the hard part: The drop is obviously temporary, and as lockdowns ease, we can expect daily carbon emissions to skyrocket once again, which is why it's the perfect time to rethink how we travel.
"People are reimagining transportation without the internal combustion engine," Jackson said. "We could have blue skies every day without staying home by walking, biking, and driving clean electric vehicles."