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May 5, 2020

Cleaner Air in 2020

Carbon emissions from fossil fuels could fall 5%

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Global carbon emissions from the fossil fuel industry could fall by a record 2.5bn tonnes this year, a reduction of 5%, as the coronavirus pandemic triggers the biggest drop in demand for fossil fuels on record.

The unprecedented drop in oil demand will emerge in large part due the global aviation industry, he said. Typically there are about 99,700 commercial flights per day but the crackdown on non-essential travel to curb the spread of the virus could see air traffic fall by an average of almost a quarter over the year.

However, experts are warning against viewing the steep decline in emissions from fossil fuels as a climate triumph as the decline could be wiped out in the rebound of the economy once Covid-19 is brought under control.

Read the full article by Jillian Ambrose on The Guardian

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