Impact of Covid slowdown on CO2 in the atmosphere ‘not even a blip’, Australian scientist says

By early June, emissions had mostly returned to the levels of the same period in 2019, a UN report found

The Covid-19 pandemic will deliver an unprecedented annual drop in global greenhouse gas emissions of up to 7% by the end of 2020, but the slowdown’s impact on the atmosphere will be almost imperceptible, according to a major report led by the United Nations.

Analysis of fossil fuel burning found emissions hit their lowest daily rate in April but by June – as economies began to open up again – emissions were returning to the same levels seen the previous year.

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