Climate change is not stopping because of COVID-19 lockdowns. It’s just showing us the evidence of what harm CO2 emissions have created and how much of humanity’s current practices have to change. We are very far from a silver lining.
CNN-The pandemic didn’t solve climate change. This week’s disasters are proof. If you thought COVID-19 restrictions, like enforced lockdowns and social distancing, would put a lasting dent in our collective carbon footprint and save the world from warming, you were mistaken. We have reduced emissions for the wrong reasons. We can’t celebrate a drop in emissions driven by unemployment and forced behavior.
The Scientist- COVID-19 Lockdowns will have a negligible effect on climate change The fall in emissions we experienced during COVID-19 is temporary, and therefore it will do nothing to slow down climate change. If global leaders would focus on a green recovery, this moment could be a turning point at helping to avoid severe impacts from climate change.
The State of the Planet- COVID-19’s long-term effects on climate change for better or worse As a result of the lockdowns around the world to control COVID-19, huge decreases in global carbon emissions in April. Nonetheless, CO2 levels in the atmosphere reached their highest monthly average ever recorded in May. This is because the carbon dioxide humans have already emitted can remain in the atmosphere for a hundred years; some could last tens of thousands of years.
USA TodayFact check –The coronavirus pandemic isn’t slowing climate change. Our findings show that the annual average CO2 concentrations will increase throughout this year, even though emissions are reducing. Global emissions are smaller; they are continuing just at a slower rate. Additional CO2 is still accumulating in the atmosphere.
Scientific American- Global CO2 emissions saw a record drop during pandemic lockdown. Carbon dioxide is a long-lived gas capable of staying in the atmosphere for up to a century, meaning a temporary decrease in emissions is unlikely to change its climate trajectory. Scientists have sought to reject claims that emissions reductions associated with the coronavirus are a silver lining.
My 24-hour digital media diary
Most of my morning routine is the same and begins at 7:30 am with my phone alarm, meditating and checking emails, and working on ASU modules and business responsibilities. I did not change my sources of news. Due to the fires and bad air quality in Southern California, I must confess I did not do my Yoga with Adriene.
One unexpected change occurred in my habit by reading a CNN news article Trump banned US downloads of WeChat starting Sunday. I use WeChat to stay connected to friends and family. I wanted to check the trustworthiness of the article’s credibility by researching NPR Politics fact-checkers, and the story appears reliable. After next week I may have to change from WeChat to Facebook Messenger to stay connected. I have learned in this class to use fact-checkers to verify if the story is credible.
My evening media routine has not changed much. I am still finding recipes to cook on Google and watching the evening local news stations. I am trying to listen to both sides of the news now to balance my confirmation bias. I watch CNN news and then add on Fox news, but I admit I can’t listen for more than 10 minutes before turning away. I am taking baby steps to balance my bias before running and adjusting my media content consumption (it’s a work in progress). Thank God I can end the day with Netflix and StarTrek Deep Space Nine; it is my outlet from the strangeness of 2020, to look forward to 2420.