COVID-19 will not slow the climate crisis. Only sound policy can.

From Science Daily


Highlights

Energy and climate policy researchers in Switzerland and Germany support policies allowing a clean energy transition guide the COVID-19 economic response.

  • The researchers suggest investing in solutions that would advance Paris Agreement climate goals and dismantle systems that hurt global emissions goals
  • Though there are fewer emissions due to shelter in place mandates, it does not mean any significant reductions in climate change impacts in the long term
  • By investing in the clean energy transition, the world could advance structural changes that would decarbonize the energy sector
  • Tobias S. Schmidt of ETH Zurich notes that previous economic recessions resulted in higher emissions once the economy stabilizes:

“It is essential that we not repeat the mistakes of the post-financial crisis bailouts, which often led to massive increases in CO2 emissions,” 

  • Future policy research should develop “shock-proof” policies that can withstand other future disasters 

Fossil fuel divestment and the transition to 100% clean energy is critical to achieving The Climate Center’s goals under the Climate-Safe California Platform.


Read more: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/04/200429152825.htm

 

Nina Turner
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