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Climate change: CO2 emissions on the rise despite Covid-19 pandemic

Six days before the start Glasgow Climate Change Conference (COP26), The United Nations warned of the urgency of increasing global emission reduction commitments, after learning that in 2020, carbon dioxide (CO2) levels they set an all-time record again.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), a UN agency that follows the evolution of global warming, published its annual report on the presence of greenhouse gases, which indicates that the CO2 It has reached 413 parts per million in 2020, up from 410 measured in 2019.

The increase occurred even though the pandemic temporarily lowered the new CO2 emissions derived from fossil fuels, specifically 5.6%, due to landfills, border closures and other measures that were taken to stop the COVID-19.

“We have to rethink our industrial, energy and transportation systems, our whole way of life,” declared WMO Secretary General Petteri Taalas of Finland, presenting the new data.

“Many countries are now setting carbon neutrality targets, and it is to be expected that at COP26 in Glasgow there will be an increase in these commitments,” said Taalas, who asserted that the changes “are economically and technically feasible, and there is no time to lose to adopt them. “

One of the most alarming points of the report is the one that indicates that parts of the Amazon, traditionally considered one of the great lungs of the planet and with it a fundamental source of carbon dioxide absorption, are already net emitters of that gas.

The head of atmospheric and environmental research of the WMO, Oksana Tarasova, explained that this change has occurred specifically in areas of the eastern Amazon rainforest, and that although fires have been an important factor in the phenomenon, it has been due to all to deforestation.

By EFE and AP

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