Nature not healing as pollution returns with economic activity

Nature apparently is not healing and carbon emissions that declined during lockdowns are increasing, threatening to put climate treaty targets for capping global warming out of reach, the International Energy Agency said.

Energy-related emissions were 2% higher in December 2020 than in same month a year earlier, driven by economic recovery and a lack of clean energy policies.

IEA’s executive director said, “The rebound in global carbon emissions toward the end of last year is a stark warning that not enough is being done to accelerate clean energy transitions worldwide. If governments don’t move quickly with the right energy policies, this could put at risk the world’s historic opportunity to make 2019 the definitive peak in global emissions.”

A year ago, the agency called on governments to put clean energy at the heart of economic stimulus plans, but the appeal appears to have fallen on deaf ears for the most part.

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