COVID-19 has hit us hard. Millions of people have lost their jobs, hundreds of thousands of people have died, and global economies are collapsing. There has been some respite in terms of greenhouse gas emissions and a welcome relief, albeit temporary, from widespread air pollution. But as countries worldwide slowly get up and running again, there is a very real danger that emissions will bounce back and increase to levels that are even higher than those before the pandemic struck.
As a result, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has refocused its research and analytical work in an endeavor to meet the global challenges that will need to be faced as leaders of a shattered world implement recovery plans.
At the same time, professionals in fields that enable them to help minimize the ongoing impact of COVID-19 are doing whatever they can.
Since the disease is airborne, air …