Global Climate Emissions Down 17% Since COVID-19 Pandemic Started, Study Says

May 20, 2020

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Carbon emissions have fallen by 17 percent since the downturn in activity caused by the coronavirus pandemic, a new study says. UPI reports that the study, which was published in the journal Nature Climate Change, found that emissions fell by 18.7 million tons largely because of "forced confinement." Experts say this is the biggest drop in average emission level ever recorded, and that the world hasn't been at this level since 2006. Study author Corinne Le Quere said we'd "have to go back to World War II to see such a big drop in emissions," but added that it was unsustainable. "This is not the way to tackle climate change," she said. "It's not going to happen by forcing behavior changes on people. We need to tackle it by helping people move to more sustainable ways of living."