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UNEP: Net-zero pledges provide an ‘opening’ to close growing emissions ‘gap’

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Global emissions are expected to fall this year, due to Covid-19 related disruptions. Image: Unsplash/ETA+

Zeke Hausfather
US Analyst, Carbon Brief
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