Why your reduced carbon footprint from lockdown won’t slow climate change

Article Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/pandemic-climate-change-covid-emissions-1.5579232

Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

Reductions in emissions during pandemic are a drop in the bucket when it comes to atmospheric CO2 If you’re looking for a silver lining to the coronavirus pandemic, your reduced carbon footprint unfortunately isn’t it, climate scientists warn. Even with this week’s climate change study in the journal Nature citing a 17 per cent drop in daily CO2 emissions compared to this time last year, experts caution against the temptation to inflate the significance of a few weeks or months of reduced human activity, at least when it comes to climate change. “Think about it this way,” says renowned Canadian climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe. “We’ve been putting a brick on a pile every month since the beginning of the industrial revolution.