Global carbon emissions rebound to pre-lockdown levels

Pollution was higher in December than for the same month the previous year

02 March 2021 - 19:23 By Camilla Hodgson

Global energy-related carbon emissions were higher in December than in the same month in 2019 as polluting activity rebounded from coronavirus lockdowns, a finding that must serve as a “stark warning” to policymakers, the head of the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Tuesday.

The pandemic resulted in the largest absolute drop in annual global energy-related CO2 emissions in 2020, as economies gripped by the pandemic ground to a standstill, the IEA said. But the recovery in activity in the second half of 2020 and “a lack of clean energy policies” caused emissions to rise a further two percent year on year in December...

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