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Different Crises: Coronavirus & Climate Change

Posted on 28 February 2020 by Guest Author

The world jumps into action to deal with pandemics like the Coronavirus outbreak. But why don't we respond in the same way for climate change? And are there any parallels behind the pandemic?

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  1. Coronavirus has a potential drop CO2 emission on 1-10%. Coal burning in China drop approx 1.5 times, oil like the same. Soon in other countries in the stage.....

    So Don't worry, be happy
    Don't worry, be happy now

    Oh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh don't worry, be happy

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  2. There is a similarity between responses to COVID-19 and 'Climate Change due to Global Warming due to Increased CO2 levels due to Human Activity'.

    Some people want to minimize the potential for negative impacts on perceptions of wealth in the economic games, especially changes that lower the perceptions of wealth and power of 'people who are perceived to be wealthy and powerful'.

    The initial comments regarding COVID-19 were along the lines of 'this is not likely to be easily transmitted'. Some perceived to be wealthy powerful people are still trying to claim it is 'Not a serious concern'.

    And as this BBC News Item shows the air in China has become rapidly cleaner, which can help people understand that the machinery of prosperity had been seriously affecting them. And NOx is just one of many harmful products of burning fossil fuels.

    Hopefully this side-effect of COVID-19 will help more people become more aware and understand that there are many more reasons to stop burning fossil fuels. The dead-end burning up of buried ancient hydrocarbons creates more harmful consequences than excess CO2. And those impacts are immediately affecting people everywhere the stuff is burned (and where it is extracted and processed into fuel for burning), no matter how convenient and popular it is or how wealthy it makes some people appear to be.

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  3. CBC News has this article "Fallout from coronavirus outbreak triggers 25% decrease in China's carbon emissions". It is related to the BBC News item I linked to in my comment @2. And it adds some interesting thoughts regarding actions to limit the negative impacts of human burning of fossil fuels.

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