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Pandemic Is Slowing Carbon Emissions — And That’s A Good Thing

Awful and lethal as coronavirus is, the pandemic is producing some good news about the other big threat – climate disruption.

Sheltering at home means a sharp drop in the burning of fossil fuels, the primary source of CO 2 which drives global warming and climate disruption.

Reducing pollutants in the air may save lives, based on research into the 1918 flu pandemic in which one-third of humans were infected and an estimated 50 million died.

During that pandemic, cities that relied heavily on coal, primarily to generate electricity, experienced significantly higher mortality rates than demographically similar cities with less polluted air.

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