People newly social distancing from coronavirus are changing their carbon footprint in a major way. Without air or car travel, many people have already reduced their carbon footprint a significant amount.

An individual’s carbon footprint is broadened by eating meat, flying and traveling in a car, according to Kimberly Nicholas, a researcher at the Lund University Center for Sustainability Studies. The coronavirus has already reduced emissions and pollution in China, scientists say the same trends are possible in the United States.

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Dr. Nicholas told the New York Times, “For average Americans, the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions is driving.” Now that many companies are mandating that employees work from home, and people are choosing to stay inside to avoid coronavirus, emissions associated with car travel will also decline. Choosing online shopping over driving to a store also reduces carbon emissions, according to Dr. Nicholas.

If you’re choosing beans and rice over meat while you’re working from home, you’re definitely having an impact on the planet. And depending on the climate where you live, much of the energy used to heat your home could be from coal or renewables. The Northeast is still dependent on coal, while California uses more renewable energy.

It’s still unclear if these lower carbon habits will stick after the coronavirus, but for now, they’re benefiting the planet.

Read more about protecting yourself from coronavirus. Check the CDC website for more information on how to protect yourself and check our latest article to learn how COVID-19 differs from the flu.

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