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CO2-emissions increased in 2020

China was responsible for more than 30 percent of global CO2 emissions in 2020, according to new figures released Thursday night. Between 2019 and 2020, China’s share of global emissions rose by two percentage points. However, this was tied to the Covid pandemic. As a result of the prolonged lockdown in Western states, emissions in these states dropped significantly. Climate scientists assume that this Covid effect on emissions was only short-term. For the year 2021, CO2 emissions in the US and Europe are expected to rise.

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