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UN foresaw COVID lockdowns — 4 months before they happened!? Nov 2019: UN Demands 7% Cut in CO2 emissions – Presto — By Dec 2020 CO2 Emissions down 7%!

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The United Nations showed prescient powers in November 2019 when they demanded that global carbon dioxide emissions be reduced 7.6% every year to meet the UN Paris climate goals. Eerily, their wish became a reality when global COVID lockdowns hit just four months later; global emissions of CO2 were reduced by a record 7% year by December 2020.

Nov. 2019: United Nations: “Cut global emissions by 7.6 percent every year for next decade to meet 1.5°C Paris target – UN report”

Presto! By Dec. 2020, eerily, the UN got what it demanded!

World carbon dioxide emissions fell record 7 per cent in 2020 because of Covid-19 lockdowns – Agence France-Presse – Dec 11, 2020:

Carbon emissions fell a record seven per cent in 2020 as countries imposed lockdowns and restrictions on movement during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Global Carbon Project said Friday in its annual assessment. The fall of an estimated 2.4 billion tonnes is considerably larger than previous annual record declines, such as 0.9 billion tonnes at the end of World War II or 0.5 billion tonnes in 2009 at the height of the financial crisis.

Even more prescient was that in 2013, a top UN official seemed to predict the necessity of global lockdowns to meet the UN Paris climate temperature goals. “The only way that a 2015 agreement can achieve a 2-degree goal is to shut down the whole global economy,” Yvo de Boer, former UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) executive secretary, said in 2013.  Yvo de Boer’s words sound prophetic when compared to the comments of climate campaigners in 2020 excited about the impact of the COVID lockdowns. See: Flashback 2013: Fmr. UN climate head predicted COVID lockdowns?!: ‘The only way a 2015 agreement can achieve a 2-degree goal is to shut down the whole global economy’


Climate activist Eric Holthaus said on April 22, 2020, about the impact of lockdowns on global CO2 emissions: “This is roughly the same pace that the IPCC says we need to sustain every year until 2030 to be on pace to limit global warming to 1.5C and hit the Paris climate goals. This is what ‘rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society’ looks like.”

Other climate activist organizations and outlets chimed in with hopes that the COVID-style lockdowns could be employed in the future to meet climate goals.


UK Guardian: ‘Global lockdown every two years needed to meet Paris CO2 goals – study’ – CO2 emissions must fall by equivalent COVID global lockdown every two years for next decade to combat global warming

UK Guardian laments lockdowns ‘too short’! – ‘Could Covid lockdown have helped save the planet?’ — ‘The short answer is: not enough…the respite was too short’

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