The impact of COVID-19 on climate change
The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been vast-reaching, affecting billions of individuals’ daily lives and interactions with our communities. One major area being heavily impacted: greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). With most of the world performing some form of social-distancing, industrial productivity and commuting has declined immensely, resulting in fewer GHG, a leading contributor to global climate change.
Climate change and COVID-19 are global problems with dire consequences, both on human health and economic stability. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the effects of climate change may result in the death of 250,000 people annually between the years 2030 to 2050, for reasons including malnutrition, heat stress and more. If unchecked, global temperatures will rise by 4.5˚ C and potentially impact nearly two dozen different sectors of the economy, and specifically from a U.S. perspective, cost the country $520 billion each year according to the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Both COVID-19 and climate change will require action to be taken by individuals in their daily lives, and perhaps more importantly, leadership by governments, corporations, and organizations worldwide to combat and minimize the effects.
Other topics discussed in this article include:
- The impact on greenhouse gas emissions from COVID-19
- What's next for climate change
- Recovery readiness and returning to the workplace
- Energy efficiency in a post-COVID-19 world