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COVID-19 leads to record drop in global carbon emmissions

A new study indicates that the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic has led to a record drop in global carbon emissions.

The study was conducted by the a University of Sydney, Australia.

The study, which reviewed 38 regions and 26 sectors, showed that lockdowns, travel bans,

and the closure manufacturing sites led emissions dropping by 4.6%, or 2.5 gigatonnes.

Fine particle pollution decreased by 3.8% and two other types of air pollution declined by 2.9%: sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, which leads to smog.

Traditional greenhouse emitters China and the United States were the most affected in this regard.

But despite this new development, the new figures still falls short of the efforts needed to limit global heating to 1.5C by 2050.

This is because emissions still need to drop by 3% every year between 2020 and 2030 to be on track to limit global warming and avoid the most extreme outcomes of the climate crisis.