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With people traveling less and reduced factory production, lockdown measures adopted to stop the spread of COVID-19 also significantly reduced carbon emissions.

Dr. Devyani Singh, Harrisburg University Postdoctoral Fellow, Sustainable Energy Policy, weighed in on the trend in a recently published Chemistry World article titled, “How Covid gave the world a lesson in tackling air pollution.”

Lockdowns have spurred a 7 percent reduction in carbon emissions across the globe. While this figure is encouraging on the surface, Dr. Singh said achieving this through mandated lockdowns is not ideal.

“We achieved [7% reduction] in one year, but I don’t like how we achieved it,” Dr. Singh said. “I feel that narrative will be taken on by the wrong side – fossil fuel lobbyists who were always saying that if we reduce emissions, it’s going to impact the economy.”

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