CO2 emissions have risen to levels higher than what were recorded before the coronavirus pandemic, according to the International Energy Agency.
The Covid-19 crisis saw the biggest drop in annual carbon dioxide emissions since the Second World War – with a 6% fall last year. The lowest point was in April, when many economies were still in lockdown but by December, levels had risen to the point where they were 2% - or 60 million tonnes - higher than the same month in 2019.
The IEA Director, Dr Fatih Birol, said: "The rebound in global carbon emissions toward the end of last year is a stark warning that not enough is being done to accelerate clean energy transitions worldwide.
"If governments don't move quickly with the right energy policies,
The European Commission has said that it was considering emergency approvals for Covid-19 vaccines as a faster alternative to more rigorous conditional marketing authorisations, which have been used so far.
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