Believe It or Not: COVID-19 Environmental Effects Are More Negatives Than Positives

Oduniyi, O. S., Riveros, J. M., Hassan, S.M., and Çıtak, F. (2021). Believe It Or Not: Covid 19 Environmental Effects Are More Negatives Than Positives. MSR Working paper Nr. 05.2021.

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Oluwaseun Samuel Oduniyi

University of South Africa (UNISA)

John Riveros

M&S Research Hub

Sherif Maher Hassan

Suez Canal University - Faculty of Commerce; The British University in Egypt - Faculty of Business Administration, Economics, and Political Science

Ferhat Çıtak

Hitit University

Date Written: July 12, 2021

Abstract

In addition to altering drastically people's daily lives, COVID-19 has slowed down economic activities, imposed restrictions, and enforced lockdown, altogether causing significant effects on the environment. Studying the direction, magnitude, and durability of these effects carries a serious lesson for the whole world. Preliminarily evidence suggests that COVID-19 has temporarily improved air quality, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and noise pollution, yet, due to lock-down, the flourishing of delivery services has pulled up the single-use plastics, increased the usages of vehicles by a lower ratio of passengers/vehicle, and raised demand for energy. Using the approach of the Ambiental Kuznets curve, we investigate the impact of COVID-19 total cases on the monthly average of carbon monoxide emissions measured in micrograms per cubic across a sample of developed, heavy polluters, economies from 2014 to 2020. Driscoll-Kraay regressions confirm the COVID-19 long-run polluting impact by increasing monoxide emissions in countries of analysis.

Keywords: COVID-19, Environment, Monoxide emissions, Driscoll-Kraay regressions

JEL Classification: I15, Q53

Suggested Citation

Oduniyi, Oluwaseun Samuel and Riveros, John and Hassan, Sherif Maher and Çıtak, Ferhat, Believe It or Not: COVID-19 Environmental Effects Are More Negatives Than Positives (July 12, 2021). Oduniyi, O. S., Riveros, J. M., Hassan, S.M., and Çıtak, F. (2021). Believe It Or Not: Covid 19 Environmental Effects Are More Negatives Than Positives. MSR Working paper Nr. 05.2021. , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3884885 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3884885

Oluwaseun Samuel Oduniyi (Contact Author)

University of South Africa (UNISA) ( email )

City of Tshwane
Pretoria
South Africa

John Riveros

M&S Research Hub ( email )

Carlo Mierendorff Str.43
Kassel, 34132
Germany

Sherif Maher Hassan

Suez Canal University - Faculty of Commerce

Ismailia
Egypt

HOME PAGE: http://foc.scuegypt.edu.eg/?page=pages&page_id=9

The British University in Egypt - Faculty of Business Administration, Economics, and Political Science ( email )

Egypt

Ferhat Çıtak

Hitit University ( email )

Corum
Turkey

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