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Covid sent Australia’s carbon emissions plummeting in 2020 to lowest levels in 30 years

Australia's greenhouse gas emissions dropped last year to levels not seen in more than 30 years due mostly to the coronavirus pandemic that put a handbrake on fossil fuel burning in the transport sector and slowed economic activity.

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To see the effects of Covid-19 on Earth, scientists turn to space

From above the Earth, space agencies' satellites had a vantage point on coronavirus like no other.
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Green recovery policies could make or break climate change

The lockdown measures instituted in response to the coronavirus have dramatically reduced greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution around the world. But these measures will have little long-term effect on climate change, a new study suggests.

Coronavirus is a 'sliding doors' moment. What we do now could change Earth's trajectory

Coronavirus is a 'sliding doors' moment. What we do now could change Earth's trajectory

New research reveals which sectors of the global economy fuelled the emissions decline during COVID-19. We have a narrow window of time to make the change permanent.
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Zimbabweans go hungry as coronavirus compounds climate woes

Rosemary Pamire struggled to feed her family well before Zimbabwe entered lockdown in March to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Now she can hardly put together a meal a day as the country faces a deepening food crisis.
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Toronto's air quality has improved during the coronavirus pandemic

According to a recent University of Toronto analysis, cities that declared a state of emergency in February saw air pollution decrease by up to 40 per cent. The drop is attributed not only to less vehicular traffic but also factories temporarily closing.

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Coronavirus halts climate research raises fears of hit to science budgets

From delaying Arctic expeditions to cancelling vital global climate conferences, the coronavirus pandemic has hindered climate change progress and threatens effective natural disaster forecasting as hurricane season approaches.