COVID-19 has changed the way we work, live, travel and engage with the world. The quarantine measures imposed by many countries in its wake have kept many of us locked indoors. The environment too has been radically impacted as air pollution reduces, CO2 emissions tumble, and animals return to cities. Will the pandemic have long-term impact on the environment and global warming?
The coronavirus is having a positive effect on global warming
Global warming has become a major issue as the years go by. Scientists are afraid that carbon emissions will cause degradation of the earth’s atmosphere and subject the planet to environmental catastrophe. Thankfully, the coronavirus has been aiding the efforts of stopping global warming.
The lack of people using carbon fueled transport reduces global warming
Carbon emissions mainly come from vehicles such as cars and buses. The pollution they give off destroys ozone particles. But with everyone indoors most of the time due to the coronavirus outbreak, transportation has become limited.
Global warming has been a very big problem since the 1970s. Carbon emissions have contributed to the destruction of the earth’s ozone layer. Scientists and activists have been trying to make solutions to stop it. This includes cutting down on carbon emitters. After the coronavirus outbreak has become a global catastrophe, environmentalists wonder if the lack of human interaction with the environment has caused problems like global warming to slow down. However, that is not the case.
Reliance on electricity has caused more carbon emission during quarantine
Electricity is something that society runs on. Before electricity, oil, steam, and horses existed as the main power sources. Even though electricity seems more efficient than any of those things, it comes at a price. Electricity is powered by carbon emissions which is bad for the environment.
Fixing global warming will take longer to fix than the coronavirus pandemic
Global warming has been an issue for decades. Yet, solutions only started appearing in the 2010s. By now, a lot of damage has been done to the environment. It will take more than a self-quarantine period to fix global warming.