"I wouldn’t be shocked to see a 5% or more drop in carbon dioxide emissions this year, something not seen since the end of World War Two,” said Prof. Rob Jackson at Stanford University. "Neither the fall of the Soviet Union nor the various oil or savings and loan crises of the past 50 years are likely to have affected emissions the way this crisis is. He is chair of the Global Carbon Project, which produces widely-watched annual carbon emissions data. Although a silver lining to this global pandemic, experts warn that our investment in structural change is what will really affect a long-term drop in emissions.

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