China’s CO2 emissions have surged back from the coronavirus lockdown, rising by 4-5% year-on-year in May, analysis of new government data shows. Emissions fell an estimated 25% in the six weeks following the lockdown, from early February to mid-March, before bottoming out, as factories and power plants reduced output. Road and air traffic also fell […]
This CREA briefing looks into the five most polluting coal power plant operators in the EU in 2018, the health impacts of each of these as well as the economic losses. Despite air pollutant emissions in the EU being half of what they were in 2010, the effects that the remaining coal power plants have […]
A new CREA assessment of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) air pollution levels in European capitals shows how pollution is rebounding as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Paris has experienced the largest increase in pollution from the cleanest period during lockdown, while Budapest and Oslo have exceeded their pre-crisis levels, when controlling for weather. The return of pollution […]
Levels of health-harming air pollutants in China have exceeded concentrations at the same time last year in the past 30 days, for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 crisis. This includes PM2.5, NO2, SO2 and ozone. Air pollutant levels plummeted during the national lockdown in February, bottomed out in early March and […]
The measures to combat the coronavirus have led to an approximately 40% reduction in average level of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution and 10% reduction in average level of particulate matter pollution over the past 30 days, resulting in 11,000 avoided deaths from air pollution (95% confidence interval: 7,000 – 21,000). This effect comes as power […]
The nationwide one-day curfew in India last Sunday (Mar 22) resulted in the lowest average level of nitrogen dioxide pollution ever recorded in the spring season, in urban areas with monitoring. Other dangerous pollutants, PM2.5 and PM10, also dropped steeply but didn’t break records.