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Study: World carbon pollution falls 17% during pandemic peak

 

Last updated 5/19/2020 at 11am

SETH BORENSTEIN

AP Science Writer

KENSINGTON, Maryland (AP) - The world cut its daily carbon dioxide emissions by 17% at the peak of the pandemic shutdown last month, a new study found.

But with life and heat-trapping gas levels inching back toward normal, the brief pollution break will likely be "a drop in the ocean" when it comes to climate change, scientists said.

In their study of carbon dioxide emissions during the coronavirus pandemic, an international team of scientists calculated that pollution levels are heading back up - and for the year will end up between 4% and 7% lower than 20...



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