As the spread of the novel coronavirus disrupted industries around the world, the rate of global greenhouse gas emissions took a big dip. BP’s annual Statistical Review of World Energy , released Thursday, compiles data showing that the 2020 global health crisis resulted in falling rates of primary energy and carbon emissions at levels unseen since World War II. World energy demand plummeted by an estimated 4.5 percent and global carbon emissions resulting from energy use dropped by 6.3 percent — historically massive contractions. But the real headline is that, even with these dips in emissions, net emissions of carbon dioxide and methane — two of the most potent greenhouse gases that are influencing climate change — surged in 2020. Even though the rate of growth slowed, not even a global pandemic could keep emissions from rising in the end. The pandemic did save us from having the biggest […]