The San Gabriel Mountains are seen under a clear sky beyond downtown Los Angeles. Air quality in the U.S. and elsewhere has been improved by reduced traffic from coronavirus restrictions and weeks of rainstorms. Photo Credit: David McNew

Environment USA2. July 2020

The World May Soon See Its Largest Drop in Coal Demand Since World War II

Between the weather that’s been warmer than average and the coronavirus pandemic, greenhouse gas emissions are expected to drop by a whopping 8 percent this year in comparison to last.

If validated, this would mark the largest annual decrease in greenhouse gas emissions that’s ever been recorded.

The International Energy Agency predicted this drop in a new report, highlighting that this estimate would be the result of an 8 percent expected fall in demand for coal – the largest fall since World War II – and a 6 percent drop in global energy demand.


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