Lockdowns lead to fall in carbon emissions, effect could be temporary


A gull flies over a deserted Millennium Bridge near St Paul’s Cathedral in London on April 13, 2020.

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The coronavirus pandemic and associated lockdowns have resulted in a significant fall in worldwide carbon emissions, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

The analysis was undertaken by scientists from around the world and led by Corinne Le Quéré, from the University of East Anglia (UEA), in the U.K.

The research, published Tuesday, found that compared to mean daily levels in 2019, daily emissions declined by 17% at the beginning of April, when confinement measures were at their peak. The fall in emissions is an estimate…


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