Emissions drop during pandemic creates unexpected challenge

The 9 percent drop cited in the IEA report would put the U.S. on track to meet its Paris climate accord goals, but only if it kept that up beyond 2020. “We’d need to do it year after year and, there’s a question of how much you can do by just stopping your car,” said Steven Davis, a professor at the University of California, Irvine. Though transportation is one of the largest source of global greenhouse emissions, coronavirus has impacted just a portion of transit.