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Pollution Set to Fall in EU This Year to the Lowest In Decades

June 25, 2020, 4:47 PM

European Union carbon dioxide emissions this year are set to fall to a level not seen since the late 1950s.

The fallout from the coronavirus that saw industry shut down, businesses close and citizens stay at home will lead to a 10% fall in CO2 pollution this year, according to the International Energy Agency.

The anticipated drop comes after 2019’s record fall across the EU. However, the decrease can’t make policy makers complacent because without stepping up efforts to fight climate change the emissions will rise, Fatih Birol, the IEA’s Executive Director, said Thursday.

“Now in 2020, we’re with European...

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