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Coronavirus-induced carbon dioxide emission reductions are not yet detectable in the atmosphere

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Coronavirus-induced carbon dioxide emission reductions are not yet detectable in the atmosphere

On the Zugspitze, KIT researchers monitor CO2 concentration and other parameters of the atmosphere. Credit: Markus Rettinger, KIT Based on current data measured in the energy, industry, and mobility sectors, restrictions of social life during the corona pandemic can be predicted to lead to a reduction of worldwide carbon dioxide emissions by up to eight percent in 2020. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), cumulative reductions of about this magnitude would be required every year to reach the goals of the Paris Agreement by 2030. Recent measurements by researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) revealed that concentration of carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) in the atmosphere has not yet changed due to the estimated emission reductions. The results are reported in Remote Sensing .

The corona pandemic has changed both our working and our private lives. People increasingly work from home, have video conferences instead of business trips, and spend their holidays in their home country. The lower traffic volume also reduces CO 2 emissions. Reductions of up to eight percent are estimated for 2020. “In spite of the reduced emissions, our measurements show that CO 2 concentration in the atmosphere has not yet decreased,” says […]

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