CO2 emissions on the rise despite pandemic
The rate of increase in greenhouse gas emissions was temporary halted during the 2020 pandemic, but a year later, with the resumption of business activity, CO2 emissions are back on the rise. In 2021, the rate is now fast approaching 2019 levels, Rae Kwon Chung, Nobel Prize laureate and chairman of the Global Energy Prize Award Committee, told an international forum.

    “In 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic was raging, CO2 emissions declined, but unfortunately, they have returned practically to the same level as the 2019 figures,” Chung told the Nobel Vision forum in Moscow. “What we saw was only a temporary change for the better. The increase in emissions resumed very quickly. Not only that, there are suggestions that they will rise further.”

    Chung said major countries had to undertake more decisive efforts than those already made public in order to bring down greenhouse gas emissions.

    “Measures to limit temperature increases to 2 degrees Celsius must be radical in nature,” he said. “In order to achieve the aim of keeping global warming to within 1.5 degrees, it is vital to keep the effect on the environment to 6 % every year. Even the pandemic didn’t help us much and resulted in a reduction of only 5 %.”


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