WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said it is “short-term” good news for the environment, but it will not be enough to get the world back on track to meet the 2015 Paris Agreement targets.
“This crisis has had an impact on the emissions of greenhouse gases. We estimate that there is going to be a 6% drop in carbon emissions this year because of the lack of emissions from transportation and industry and energy production,” Taalas said during a virtual press briefing.
The WMO also said that the result of coronavirus pandemic should not be considered a substitute for sustained climate action.
“Whilst Covid-19 has caused a severe international health and economic crisis, failure to tackle climate change may threaten human well-being, ecosystems and economies for centuries. We need to flatten both the pandemic and climate change curves,” Taalas added.
As we reported earlier, employees of Ukraine’s State Emergency Service continue fighting with a major fire in the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone.