New Delhi: The novel coronavirus pandemic continues to devastate several countries across the world — the latest count is 67,04,014 cases and more than 3,93,233 deaths.
Regardless of lockdowns across the world, carbon dioxide levels in atmosphere reached a new high in the month of May. “Wash your hands” advice highlights Asia’s acute water crisis. Meanwhile, coronavirus is now spreading to previously unaffected areas. The pandemic has also affected Saudi women’s quest for financial independence.
ThePrint brings you the most important global stories on the coronavirus pandemic and why they matter.
Despite lockdown, CO2 levels in atmosphere hit new highs
Regardless of several key global economies enforcing lockdowns to deal with the pandemic, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit a record high in the month of May, reports the Financial Times.
“Atmospheric carbon dioxide reached more than 417 parts per million on average during May at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, suggesting that even though lockdowns around the world have caused emissions to drop temporarily, warming trends are set to continue. The new record, based on separate measurements taken by US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, is the highest level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere for millions of years,” notes the report.
“The crisis has slowed emissions, but not enough to show up perceptibly at Mauna Loa. What will matter much more is the trajectory we take coming out of this situation,” professor Ralph Keeling of Scripps Institution told FT.
Coronavirus now spreading to previously unaffected regions
As the coronavirus curve begins to flatten in Europe and the US, the virus is now spreading to previously unaffected regions in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia, reports the New York Times.
“For months, one enduring mystery of the coronavirus was why some of the world’s most populous countries, with rickety health systems and crowded slums, had managed to avoid the brunt of an outbreak that was burning through relatively affluent societies in Europe and the United States,” says the report.
Now this trend has begun to be reversed.
“Globally, known cases of the virus are growing faster than ever with more than 100,000 new ones a day. The surge is concentrated in densely populated, low- and middle-income countries across the Middle East, Latin America, Africa and South Asia,” notes the report.
“Not only has it filled hospitals and cemeteries there, it has frustrated the hopes of leaders who thought they were doing everything right, or who believed they might somehow escape the pandemic’s worst ravages,” it…