Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Rebounds as Global Pollution Rates Approach Pre-Covid Levels


Report finds the world’s nations have 11 years left to avoid catastrophic global warming

Global carbon emissions are projected to bounce back to 36.4 billion metric tons this year after an unprecedented drop caused by the response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to an annual report by the Global Carbon Project.

Fossil carbon emissions dropped by 5.4% in 2020 amid Covid lockdowns, but the new report projects they will increase by 4.9% this year.

"The rapid rebound in emissions as economies recover from the pandemic reinforces the need for immediate global action on climate change,” said lead author Professor Pierre Friedlingstein, of Exeter's Global Systems Institute.

The findings were released as world leaders meet at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, to address the climate crisis and try to agree on a plan of action going forward.

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