Coronavirus fears may affect how airlines curb their carbon emissions in 2021

Concern In Hong Kong As The Wuhan Covid-19 Spreads

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Efforts to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus are changing the way people work and play — and those changes are temporarily curbing greenhouse gas emissions. Fear of the outbreaks already led to a drop in passenger demand in January, according to the industry group International Air Transport Association (IATA), which called it “just the tip of the iceberg.” Airlines continue to drastically cut flights as more people decide not to fly during the outbreak. Airlines could continue to see between an 11 and 19 percent loss in global passenger revenues through the end of the year, IATA projects.

That dip in travel means less pollution from planes. Aviation currently accounts for about 2 percent of global…

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