After a drastic decline this spring, global greenhouse gas emissions are now rebounding sharply, scientists reported, as countries relax their coronavirus lockdowns and traffic surges back onto roads. It’s a stark reminder that even as the pandemic rages, the world is still far from getting global warming under control. In early April, daily fossil fuel emissions worldwide were roughly 17 percent lower than they were in 2019. But by mid-June, as countries eased their lockdowns, emissions had ticked up to just 5 percent below the 2019 average.
By Brad Plumer and Nadja Popovich. New York Times. June 17, 2020.