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Fossil CO2 emissions in the post-COVID-19 era

Corinne Le Quéré, Glen Peters, Pierre Friedlingstein, Robbie Andrew, Josep G. Canadell, Steven J. Davis, Robert B. Jackson, Matthew W. Jones

Five years after the adoption of the Paris Climate Agreement, growth in global CO2 emissions has begun to falter. The pervasive disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic have radically altered the trajectory of global CO2 emissions. Contradictory effects of the post-COVID-19 investments in fossil fuel-based infrastructure and the recent strengthening of climate targets must be addressed with new policy choices to sustain a decline in global emissions in the post-COVID-19 era.

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