Climate change is continuing unabated despite the economic slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, said the United Nations.
While daily global carbon dioxide emissions saw a 17 percent drop at the height of the lockdown in April, they were again nearing pre-pandemic levels by early June, according to a climate report by several UN agencies.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted lives worldwide. At the same time, the heating of our planet and climate disruption has continued apace,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told media.
More than 27.5 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus and 897,383 have died. Nearly 18.5 million people have recovered.