Carbon emissions dropped 17 percent globally amid coronavirus

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“Globally, we haven’t seen a drop this big ever, and at the yearly level, you would have to go back to World War II to see such a big drop in emissions.”

The 110 freeway toward downtown Los Angeles on April 28, 2020.Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images file

The coronavirus pandemic has forced countries around the world to enact strict lockdowns, seal borders and scale back economic activities. Now, an analysis published Tuesday finds that these measures contributed to an estimated 17 percent decline in daily global carbon dioxide emissions compared to daily global averages from 2019.

It’s a worldwide drop that scientists say could be the largest in recorded history.