Global COVID-19 response has slashed CO2 emissions - here’s how to keep them low

People walk in an empty street, during a lockdown against the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Milan, Italy March 22, 2020. REUTERS/Daniele Mascolo - RC2ZOF9RNG6L

Empty streets are a common sight in major cities now, could this have great outcomes for air pollution? Image: REUTERS/Daniele Mascolo

Simone Abram
Professor in the Dept of Anthropology, Co-Director of Durham Energy Institute, Durham University
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