Coronavirus: An ally against climate change?

Coronavirus: An ally against climate change?

Much has already been written about the COVID-19 or as we call it in Spain, the coronavirus. The epidemic of this virus originated in the Asian giant has already killed more than 2000 people, the majority in their country of origin, China.

There is a generalized alarm since they are more than 68 countries that have at least one case of coronavirus. In our country, due to the proximity with Italy - the great focus of the virus here in Europe - the cases are multiplying and both the Government and the European Union are taking measures so that this virus does not spread in a generalized manner, thus preventing Stay with us seasonally.

Although there is a social alarm, largely caused by the large influx of information (whether fake or not) about this 'pandemic', we will not stop at the negative effects it is causing both in the economy and in Health, internationally.

And is that the coronavirus has already become the cause of the greatest decline in pollution in recorded history, Yes, they have read well! This virus has caused pollution levels to be reduced record.

Coronavirus has reduced global CO6 emissions by 2%. Above 100 million tons of CO2 have stopped emitting due to the control and restriction measures of the Asian giant. To get an idea, it is the amount of Carbon Dioxide that Chile emits each year.

And it is that the situation in China has caused a decrease of almost 30% in its pollutant emissions. According CarbonBrief, the situation of stop, after the end of the lunar year (Chinese New Year's Eve parties), prolonged by restrictive measures to control the coronavirus, has caused a continuous reduction of production levels in the country of the East from 15 and 40% in the production of the main industrial sectors and energy consumption, as well as the consumption of coal in thermal power plants.

In addition to this, the reduction of steel production or the cancellation of thousands of flights, have caused the atmosphere of our planet to be released from a large amount of pollution in just months.

Despite the positive of this data, according to experts, when China recovers normal activity, and takes measures to achieve a necessary economic recovery, the levels would return to the parameters prior to the viral epidemic.

This whole process has led the OECD to ensure that the coronavirus puts global growth at stake and warns of the danger of recession in the Eurozone and Japan, and global growth can be lowered to 1,5% (single level in this century) . Obviously the most affected economy is the Chinese economy, whose annual GDP can fall to 4 tenths. This causes a 'domino effect' in world economies since, today, China has a leading role in industrial production and the world tourism market. Economies with a strong connection to China, such as Australia, South Korea, Japan or Indonesia are already being greatly affected. Other major world economies, far from taking advantage of this decline, also suffer the effects of this recession. This is the case in the USA, the United Kingdom, France or Germany, where the growth forecast is falling.

Despite this large decrease in CO2 levels, this will only have a 1% decrease in annual emission levels.

If there is something that we should highlight with all this, it is obviously not that the generation of a disease is good news, but that it gives us proof of how easy it would be to reduce pollution levels if there really was a will and real interest by the big polluters.

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