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Could the coronavirus actually be saving lives in some parts of the world because of reduced pollution?

USA Today

March 17, 2020

USA Today - Is there any "good news" related to the coronavirus? Perhaps, in reduced air pollution and carbon emissions – and in some places, lives saved.

The coronavirus "is already slashing fossil fuel use and corresponding carbon and air pollution emissions in China, Italy and beyond," Texas Tech climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe said Monday.

Air pollution is responsible for nearly 9 million deaths per year – and much of that comes from fossil fuels, she said. 

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