Carbon emissions rebound sharply as countries states open


Traffic in Caracciolo street in Naples. Italian government has stopped a nationwide lockdown that was due to the spread of the coronavirus disease, allowing the reopening of all activities and the mobility of citizens.

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Worldwide coronavirus lockdowns plummeted carbon emissions this spring, as people stayed inside their homes, factories shut down, airlines grounded their planes and traffic subsided on major highways. 

But emissions are now surging back to pre-pandemic levels as states and countries reopen, a rebound scientists have warned about since the start of the lockdown and a grim reminder that the

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CDC guidance against mass transit sparks fears of congestion, emissions


Early morning traffic in the northbound lanes of Interstate 93 in Boston, MA on May 19, 2020. Gov. Baker announced phase one of reopening on May 18, including allowing manufacturing and construction to being.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released major guidelines on how U.S. offices should function as people return to work during the coronavirus pandemic — including advice that reverses years of public policy guidance on how people should commute to the office. 

Instead of taking public transportation or carpooling, the CDC suggests people drive to

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Helping China cut carbon emissions isn’t a financial game for everyone


A worker examines a sewage recycling pool in the coal liquefaction factory of CHN Energy in Ordos, north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, April 11, 2019.

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BEIJING — China has a lot more to worry about at home than its foreign policy. Some energy-related companies in the country have found themselves caught in a business cycle that shows how difficult it can be for stimulus to help the economy in the form of bank loans.

The world’s second-largest economy contracted 6.8% in the first quarter at the height of the coronavirus pandemic. Among many measures

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New emissions blow for VW as German court backs damages claims


KARLSRUHE, Germany (Reuters) – Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) must pay compensation to owners of vehicles with rigged diesel engines in Germany, a court ruled on Monday, dealing a fresh blow to the automaker almost five years after its emissions scandal erupted.

FILE PHOTO: A cartoon of a VW logo squashing the coronavirus is displayed on a building at Volkswagen’s headquarters to celebrate the plant’s re-opening during the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Wolfsburg, Germany April 25, 2020. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

The ruling by Germany’s highest court for civil disputes, which will allow owners to return vehicles for a partial

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