Relation Between Corona Virus & Global Warming
Education News | Mar-02-2022
People are at the time of their life, where they have already spent a whole year battling with the deadly Coronavirus. The global coronavirus epidemic continues to emerge at an alarming rate, killing lives, livelihoods and normal social functions, as well as disrupting energy demand and emissions of CO2. A year ago, the sudden surge of the pandemic caused dozens of counties to enforce lockdown in their respective zones. Gradually, in response to the situation, use of transport, electricity and industrial activities were cut down. Previously, there hasn't been much precautions taken to control the use and emission of CO2 gas. One of the few positive effects (if someone want to call it that) is the drastic measures taken that we are likely to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions. After lockdown, CO2 emissions decreased by 17% in the starting of 2019 and have now reached a highest peak of 26% reduction. But, the reduction of harmful gases along with a hype in the health of the environment and climate is just for a short term basis. The deadly Coronavirus has to leave our lives at some point of time, resulting in increasing emission of CO2 gas again. One of the problems in understanding the effect of the epidemic on CO2 concentrations includes environmental changes in how the oceans and terrestrial vegetation absorb or emit CO2. Research found out that the restrictions which were imposed on people due to the virus are far from being sufficient to prevent negative climate change. The virus helped in reaching one time reduction. In the coming decades, it'll increase again. In order to keep the climate on bay, same amount of reduction is required every year. Researchers think that in order to achieve the above goal, initiatives should be taken to change the fundamental technologies related to energy and transport sectors. Apart from carbon emissions, however, COVID-19 is causing changes in individual behavior and social conditions, and in government responses that will affect the environment and our ability to combat climate change. While it is unclear how these factors will balance out in the end, there is one thing that is certain: major actions will be needed to avoid the worst effects of climate change.
Due to the Coronavirus, a large number of international negotiations regarding the environment has also been delayed. Researchers believe that these are the kind of problems that can only be solved if individuals do it collectively. Countries and Nations were encouraged to battle the pandemic collectively, trying to come up with an effective Vaccine to be used worldwide. It might be stated that, after the end of the pandemic, they might transfer their focus on the environment and try to solve it collectively as well.
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