CO2 emissions, in 2021 will reach record levels

CO2 emissions, in 2021 will reach record levels

CO2 emissions, 2021 could mark record levels after the short truce of 2020: this was revealed by the British Met Office.

The CO2 emissions could reach livelli record during 2021, after a year on the downside due to the coronavirus pandemic. This is what the British Met Office claims, which, at the beginning of January, wanted to publish not too optimistic forecasts for the planet. The concentrations of carbon dioxide could increase significantly, reaching 50% more than the levels normally available in the pre-industrial era.

A problem to be addressed immediately, specify by the United Kingdom, as it could accelerate the process of climate change and make the efforts shared with the Paris Agreements.

CO2 emissions on the rise in 2021

Despite a slight decline in 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic and the forced stop of many human activities, 2021 could mark a negative goal for CO2 emissions. The grip of the pandemic itself is destined to become less stringent, also thanks to progress in vaccinations, and industrial production will return to normal levels. Indeed, production rates are likely to be even increased to make up for lost time and, to do so, large companies seem to be moving towards the exploitation of fossil and polluting sources.

Second Richard Betts, climatologist of the Met Office, the forecasts for the year just started are anything but rosy:

Human-related CO2 emissions into the atmosphere are accelerating. It took 200 years to raise these levels by 25% and only 30 to approach 50%.

2021 could unfortunately score share 417 parts of CO2 per million (ppm) between April and July, due to the increase in the use of fossil fuels and the process of deforestation. During the summer a slight contraction could occur, since normally the warm seasons in the northern hemisphere determine a rapid reabsorption of part of the CO2 emitted. But the rhythms will start to grow again starting from September, with the arrival of colder temperatures and the daily activities now back in full swing. In 2019, the UN secretary Antonio Guterres had defined the quota of 400 ppm as “an unthinkable critical point”.

It is therefore necessary to act immediately in the containment of emissions, both with measures on the energy front – to encourage the use of renewables – and mobility, accelerating the transition to less polluting technologies.

Source: Reuters

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