The Effect of COVID on Oceans
The Effect of COVID in Oceans
With the economy shutting down for the past year due to COVID-19 and only reopening only a few months ago, you might think that the ocean is doing significantly better because of less greenhouse gas being released into the air and less human activity. This is true to some extent, but at the same time there are new problems that come along.
Another positive change is a reduction in CO2 emissions, though this mainly applies for the first part of 2020, where there was a 9% drop in CO2 emissions. This may seem a lot, but Nicole Lovenduski, associate professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences and director of the Ocean Biogeochemistry Research Group at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, has researched that ocean acidification has barely been reduced.
You can see that they have dropped slightly, but it is still significantly more than 1960 levels.