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Climate under lockdown

It's a fact: coronavirus lockdown has dropped global emissions. The risk now is falling back into old habits

By David McAllister   October 2020

A sky without vapour trails and roads without cars: during the early days of lockdown many hoped these were the signs of an overworked planet finally getting the chance to breathe. And indeed, a comprehensive report published by Nature backed up that gut feeling.

This first graphic below records how, in the first and widely locked-down part of this year, daily global emissions were a chunky 17 percentage points down on the same part of 2019. (Of course, the lockdown’s timing varied from country to country, but on average in those studied,…

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