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Lockdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic have had an extreme, unprecedented environmental impact.
In April, global carbon emissions per day were 17% lower than they were on average the year prior, a new study found.
A drop in emissions from cars, buses, trucks  accounts for 43% of the decrease.
Total carbon emissions in 2020 be 4% lower than last year, even if all countries reopen by mid-June. 
Experts warn these environmental gains will be short-lived if governments don’t consider carbon-emissions goals when rebuilding their economies.
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An environmental silver lining is emerging amid the coronavirus pandemic: Many people have stopped flying and aren’t driving to work, leading to a drastic drop in carbon emissions.

A study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Climate Change reveals that global carbon emissions per day in April were 17% lower than the average daily emissions in 2019. The results showed that average daily emissions decreased by 18.7 million metric tons of carbon relative to last year. That’s an emissions level comparable to the year 2006.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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