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A Kernel of Good News About Global CO₂ Emissions

The post-lockdown economic recovery proved to be less carbon intensive than the post-financial crisis recovery

A wind farm in Hopefield, South Africa.

A wind farm in Hopefield, South Africa.

Photographer: Dwayne Senior/Bloomberg

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Global carbon dioxide emissions rose significantly last year, but they didn’t rise quite as much as some experts expected. Instead of increasing by 4.9% over 2020 levels, which the Global Carbon Project forecast in November, new estimates from the group suggest the increase was about 4.3%.