With the COVID-19 outbreak, a virus that has infected over 90,000 people worldwide, I’ve started to wonder how this may impact our wellbeing on an environmental level. Global warming, a phenomena caused by human activity, such as the releasing of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere poses many consequences for Earth’s inhabitants. With people in quarantine and air travel down, coronavirus has the potential to drop CO2 emissions by only 1-10%. Journalists propose that this virus could pose benefits for the climate.
While others propose a warming world could be encouraging the emergence and spread of new infectious diseases like COVID-19. Rising global temperatures will shorten winter seasons which will benefit potential disease-carrying agents and enable them to spread further North. Thoughts?