Covid-19 has caused a drop in emissions – but it’s not a climate fix
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Covid-19 has caused a drop in emissions – but it’s not a climate fix



Environment



31 March 2020

By Adam Vaughan

TOPSHOT - A view shows clear waters by gondolas in Venice's Grand Canal on March 18, 2020 as a result of the stoppage of motorboat traffic, following the country's lockdown within the new coronavirus crisis. (Photo by ANDREA PATTARO / AFP) (Photo by ANDREA PATTARO/AFP via Getty Images)

Clear waters in Venice’s Grand Canal

ANDREA PATTARO/AFP via Getty Images

People in Chinese cities usually plagued by harmful air pollution are breathing far cleaner air. Boat‑free canals in Venice, Italy, are have been clear enough to see fish. And for the quarter of the global population now living under a coronavirus lockdown, a lack of cars and planes has made the world quieter and birdsong more apparent.

While there are signs of easing pressure on the environment, no credible environmentalists say the response forced by the pandemic is a solution for the challenges the world …

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