Week in tech

A team of Earth system scientists from the University of California, Irvine and international climate experts that assessed carbon dioxide emissions from transportation, industry, and other sectors found that lockdowns during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in a 9% decline in emissions from 2019 levels. “We were able to track the cascading effects of COVID-19-related disruptions of human activities from China in February to the United States and Europe in March through May,” said study co-author and UCI professor of Earth system science Steve Davis in a press release. “We’ve also been able to see the resumption of emissions in many regions, such as in China, where they’re now back up to pre-pandemic levels.” So much for good news.