As COVID-19 swept the globe, it has put hundreds of thousands of lives at risk and threatened to collapse the world’s strongest economies. But there is always a silver lining. In this case, COVID-19 did wonders for our environment. Ducks were seen walking on the streets of Paris, rivers have never been cleaner and air pollution levels were at all-time lows. So, despite the economic hit, all this mess hopefully made us realize the value of renewable energy.
Drop In Global Energy Demand And Carbon Emissions
Businesses across the world were put to a halt as the lockdown measures kept half of the world’s population in quarantine. This is estimated to cause a fall in global energy demand by 6%. Consequently, this year’s carbon emissions are set to decline by around 8%.
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