Dr Somi Shin
Intro to Research Methods
The world's population was in lockdown due to COVID 19, accompanied by stringent social measures in 2020. Surprisingly, the outbreak's positive impacts outweigh its adverse effects in terms of environmental well-being as there has been a significant decrease in greenhouse gas emissions at an average of 8% around the world. This study focuses on the relationship between greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the strictness level of lockdown measures across the 50 states of the United States of America for the years 2019 and 2020, as the data is retrieved from the U.S federal and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) websites. We plan to conduct regression analysis to examine whether there is a significance in the relationship between the lockdown measures and the GHG emissions. However, our quantitative analysis may not show conclusive results as the data needed for this study has to be measured over a more extended period of time. This paper aims to provide the first step in analyzing the quantitative data to establish the impact of Covid-19 on climate change. Our findings may support an approach similar to the measures implemented during the outbreak and carry them forward in addition to current efforts to improve our global climate.