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The Drastic Effects of the Pandemic on Global Carbon Emissions


Summary: When reports were given throughout 2020, many were excited about the reduced amount of global carbon emissions, hoping this would mean permanent change and an improved Earth. However, the December statistics came back revealing a drastic, sudden increase in the production and use of oil, gas, and coal. According to the Paris Climate Accord, an intergovernmental agency aimed towards helping environmental global issues, numbers increased two percent higher in the 2020 December as opposed to the previous year. This increase is especially shocking due to the seven percent carbon dioxide drop experienced during the 2020 year in total. The agency explains that the sudden raise is due to the rebound in economic activity and lack of clean energy policies. U.S. emissions dropped as well, only to return to about the same levels in an even quicker amount of time, likely as a result of greater coal use from a combination of cold weather and higher gas prices.

Reflection: This article highlights the main struggles of current environmental issues and the problems that resulted in celebrating too early in relation to the carbon dioxide emissions drop. Countries relied too heavily on this being a lasting change and once society began to recover from the pandemic, leaders were left scrambling to find policies. I care deeply about the environment and the fact that it is being battered around upsets me. It is a positive that articles such as these are being written, as that may lead to people being more educated. Global climate change is growing to be more and more of a problem each day and unfortunately, it is overlooked by many. I likely would not have known about the significant decrease and increase of emissions in the previous year if not for this article and that frustrates me because it truly is such an important issue yet it continues to be ignored and undiscussed.

Get to Know Mrs. Smith

Mrs. Smith is an AP Government and Politics teacher who has been at Kenston for 27 years and is actively involved in many activities around the school including Students for Social Justice Club and coaching the gymnastics team. Many students enjoy her class due to the high energy and fun lessons she often has planned… Continue Reading

Impacts of Severe Winter Storms on Administering the Covid-19 Vaccine

Cities and states delay Covid-19 vaccine distribution because of winter storms Summary: Amidst a global pandemic, the world, especially America, celebrated the approval of the Covid-19 vaccine and introduced it to states and territories for distribution. Unfortunately, catastrophic weather conditions are preventing these vaccines from being administered in some states. Many areas, such as Nevada… Continue Reading

Newsflash: Groundhog Day 2021

Groundhog Day: 2021 Summary: On February 2, 2021, the country celebrated Groundhog Day and looked forward for Punxsutawney Phil to awaken and look for his shadow. The tradition of Groundhog Day and the ceremony involved has been a yearly occurrence since 1887 and revolves around the premise that if the groundhog sees his shadow, the… Continue Reading

Students Needed for Research Studies

The Junior AP Research class members have been preparing for their research projects since the beginning of the school year and are moving onto the data collection elements in their projects. Participants will be needed to help these students complete their studies and it would be greatly appreciated if you helped out. Each individual in… Continue Reading