25 Mar CO2 levels plummet as Virus Spreads
Levels of air pollutants and warming gases over some major cities and large regions are showing significant drops as coronavirus continues to spread, causing massive implications for workers and commuters.
Researchers in New York told the BBC that their early results showed carbon monoxide, generated from cars had been reduced by nearly 50% compared with last year, whilst additional emissions of the planet-heating gas CO2 have also fallen sharply. *
But there are warning levels that could rise rapidly after the spread of the virus, with global economic activity ramping down as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, it is hardly surprising that a number of gas emissions related to energy and transport would be reduced.
In May, it is predicted that CO2 emissions will be at their peak due to the decomposition of leaves, meaning the levels recorded might be the lowest since the financial crisis over a decade ago, scientists have suggested.
In major cities, such as New York and Brooklyn, congestion in the cities is estimated to be down at least 30% compared to 12 months ago. It has found that emissions of carbon monoxide, attributed to cars, have fallen by half for a couple of days this week according to researchers at Columbia University.
With the proposed theory, it is believed that testing of gas emission around the planet will start to take place, whilst the glove reacts to the pandemic. However, an analysis from Carbon Brief suggested there had been a 25% drop in energy use and emissions in China over a 14-day period.
Both Northern Italy and China have recorded significant falls in nitrogen dioxide, which is produced through burning fossil fuels, with gas being both a serious air pollutant and a powerful warming chemical. As the cities are in isolation, there is a reduction in car journeys and industrial activity.
While many people in the UK are working from home, it will likely increase the use of home heating and electricity, but the limitation of travelling and the general slowdown in economies will likely have an impact on overall greenhouse gas emissions.
With increased concern due to Coronavirus, the team at Hero Renewables wants to reiterate that people should continue to self isolate and heed the government advice of social distancing.
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