Pollution gets worse after coronavirus pandemic

Source : 112 Ukraine

It all hinged on the world recovery
13:44, 23 April 2021

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A sharp increase in CO2 emissions is projected this year due to recovering of the world after a coronavirus pandemic. The BBC reported that citing the International Energy Agency (IEA).

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The main cause of the problem will be the use of coal in Asian countries. It is noted that its use will increase by 4.5%; these figures will be close to the peak figures recorded in 2014.

"Global carbon emissions will increase to 1,5 billion tonnes this year due to the resumption of coal use in energy," IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol said.

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According to him, this is a warning that economic recovery after the coronavirus may be incompatible with the preservation of the environment.

However, the IEA forecasts are positive - the use of wind, solar and other renewable energy sources is growing. It is noted that their consumption increased by 3% in 2020, and it should increase by 8% in 2021. In the future, it is expected that "green" energy will provide up to 30% of electricity production.

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As it was reported earlier, the European Union clinched a deal on a landmark climate change law that puts new, tougher greenhouse gas emissions targets at the heart of all EU policymaking. It includes a target to reduce net emissions by at least 55% by the end of the decade. 

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