The volume of carbon dioxide (CO2) that humans make during the coronavirus pandemic has been reduced by 17 percent since April, matching the daily average for 2019. The total of planet-heating pollution is the same as what it developed in 2006, showing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that have multiplied for the last 14 years. Most of the cut of CO2 occurred from manufacturing, power generation, transportation and shipping. The most afflicted among them is the aviation industry, reducing its carbon footprint by 60 percent.

However, scientists and environmentalists are not delighted about the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Shutting down of businesses caused people to stay home in an effort to mitigate the stretch of the coronavirus, but it is not enough to stop the effect of climate change. Emissions for 2020 are likely to drop constantly, causing the reduction of pollution by four percent. Study authors and public health experts say that if restrictions are still enforced, there could be up to seven percent drop. This measures an earlier calculation of a relatively eight percent drop this year from the International Energy Agency. “Eight percent is not an awful lot in the grand scheme of things”, Sean Sublette, a meteorologist at the nonprofit news organization Climate Central announced. “It’s like a bathtub and you’ve had the spigot on full blast for a while, and you turn it back 10 percent, but you’re still filling the bathtub,” he added. This circumstance could bring to a climate crisis that is worse than what was predicted before COVID-19 if governments do not respond to climate change.