Maine Public interviews Mayewski about pollution slowdown due to COVID-19

Maine Public interviewed Paul Mayewski, director of the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute, about the slowdown in pollution as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. While it will not have much of a direct effect on long term climate trends, Mayewski said some believe it could provide a look into what a post-fossil fuel future may look like. The situation provides scientists an opportunity to examine phenomena that evoke the pre-industrial era. “We will see decreases in the emissions of carbon, potentially for many weeks, if not months. It will be important to see how much of a drop actually occurs in the atmosphere because that gives us a feeling of what kind of reductions might be helpful.”