Carbon emissions rapidly rebounded following COVID pandemic dip

“What we’ve seen is that the demand that’s bouncing back now has been met largely by fossil fuels,” says Steven Davis, an Earth systems scientist at the University of California, Irvine, and a member of Carbon Monitor. And because oil demand is still lower than before the pandemic, owing to reduced use of road and air transportation, scientists expect emissions to increase as more countries lift pandemic restrictions and economies recover during the next year.